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05-23-2013, 04:14 PM
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Originally Posted by puckrush View Post
Whether or not this team is being coached by Tortorella next season, the biggest need this team has and has had since post-trade deadline 2004, after Leetch got traded, is a defenseman that can skate the puck through the neutral zone, take control of the transition attack, and create from the point in the offensive zone.

The Rangers have a group of mobile defensmen, but they don't join the attack often enough. That is more likely a coaching decision, however. But what they don't have is the consistent threat. It is one of many reasons for the abysmal power play.

Theories on how to get one? There are a few, but some may not be met with love. You have to give to get in this league.
Agreed. A huge need. Probably the biggest, although Im not sold on a Stepan/Brassard 1-2 punch at center as being championship caliber.

Anyway, heres the best philosophy on how to get a real puck moving defenseman: no sacred cows, no untouchables on the current roster.

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