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04-16-2013, 08:04 AM
Join Date: Mar 2002
Believe the team is 5-1-1 since the trade. Small sample size to judge, but him being slow, and Richards being slow doesn't hurt the team is every one moves as a five man unit, and the speedsters use the speed for short foot races, and the slower skater supports.
Its either speed, or toughness. Very hard to find elite skaters that can provide that level of assurance for skilled players to play with some breathing room. Montreal, Boston, Toronto this year, and Rangers of last year were all comfortably in playoff positions, and have employed three+ tough guys on the ice.
Except not all of them can actually play.... Mike Rupp and Stu Bickel didn't give the Rangers minutes when it was needed from their spots last year, and Fraser, and Orr won't do the same for Tor this year. You need guys that can play to go deep in the playoffs, having that and toughness has its value.
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