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05-26-2013, 05:49 PM
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Personnel wise, for the most part I love this team. Lots of skill, speed and toughness, a nice blend of veterans and youth, and one of the best goalies in hockey. But I don't see them getting better under Tortorella. Loud, brash, and volatile coaches like him have a limited shelf life as it is. They usually maximize results early on before players tune them out. I think we're now seeing diminishing returns.

What I saw this series was a Ranger team that played "tight." Some, like Del Zotto, have actually regressed, afraid to make a mistake. I would rather see someone like Lindy Ruff brought in - someone who's firm and tough but isn't constantly in the spotlight like Torts is (invariably for the wrong reasons). He had a proven track record in Buffalo and got a lot out his teams - with a much smaller payroll.

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