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05-31-2013, 09:18 PM
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Fotiu went some way towards addressing the imbalance. Big and fast--Fotiu could really skate for a big guy. Problem was he never really got a hockey education. He was born in Staten Island--there was no Canadian major junior A for him or Division 1 college hockey and he started skating as a teenager. Considering all that his turning into a pretty decent player was quite remarkable. That's the kind of stuff worthy of making into a movie script.

Guys like Beck and Greschner could handle themselves but the Rangers needed those two on the ice as much as possible.

Johnstone was a gritty guy but tiny--maybe a little bigger than Zuccarello. Bert Wilson--very tough but not a good player or skater. George McPhee--but he was always hurt--busting up his hands.

Traditionally the Rangers have always leaned to skilled smaller guys who can make pretty--sometimes breathtaking plays----occasionally it would work--the smurfs upsetting the Flyers. Playoff hockey though is a down and dirty time. Skating and skill still matter but size, grit, controlled nastiness will give one team an edge over another all things being equal. Special teams is another way of gaining an edge. Our special teams against Boston sucked.

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