Thread: Team toughness
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09-06-2013, 02:55 PM
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Originally Posted by NYR Viper View Post
Brian Bickell. Andrew Shaw. Shawn Thornton. Gregory Campbell. Kyle Clifford. Dwight King.

Hell the Pens had Rupp, Asham, Cooke when they won.

Successful teams have a good balance which includes guys who can stand up for their teammates and turn the momentum in multiple ways.
Asham was not on the Pens Stanley Cup winning team and I don't think Rupp played for them in those playoffs.

But, to your point, I'm not saying those guys aren't important. I'm just saying that they're not winning championships without the stars ahead of them on the depth chart. This franchise should start worrying about it's bottom 6 when it actually has a top 6 capable of competing for a championship. I'm not of the opinion we currently have that. Every single one of those teams was capable of producing multiple studs at forward. We haven't been able to produce even one. Granted, that's largely because we didn't have the luxury of drafting Crosby/Malkin/Toews/Kane etc. but I see the general narrative of the Rangers franchise up to this point post- (long) lockout as:

1. Have the best goaltender in the world
2. Have a solid defensive core
3. Consistently lack offensive firepower despite trying every offseason to find a remedy.

Toughness really should be far down on the list of this team's concerns. Sometimes I wonder if the people overly worried about toughness watched this team in the mid to late 90's. Those teams were made of Charmin.

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