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06-16-2013, 11:26 AM
eco's bones
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Originally Posted by RangerBoy View Post
The team wasn't fine last season. Keeping Richards makes no sense for next season and future years. He can't keep up with the play anymore. Where he is going to play? On the 3rd line? Keeping Richards ties the Rangers hands. The Rangers need to dump all of the 4th liners except for Dorsett pretending to be 3rd liners. They need another goal scoring winger. They more depth on D. Maybe you like seeing Eminger play. More depth throughout the lineup. No Newbury and Haley. Real depth. You look at the 4 final teams. The Rangers don't measure up based on the 2013 team.
Depth is a key issue. It hurt us all year long. Losing Dubinsky, Anisimov, Prust, Fedetenko were major factors why the team took a big step backwards. I understand that players of Nash's ilk are very rare. Even so Dubi, Artem, Prust and Feds were all capable of offense--even if some of them were frustrating. They all killed penalties. We lost toughness and grit. Replacing those 4 with Pyatt, Halpern, Powe and Asham just about dropped us in 1 year from best team in the east to almost not a playoff team. From 4 guys who were providing offense we went to 0 of their replacements providing offense. From 4 guys who were regular penalty killers we went to two and then we traded Halpern. We took a step back with toughness and grit as well. Add to that Richards crappy season and it's almost over achievement making it to the second round.

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