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09-08-2013, 08:19 AM
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Elmira NY
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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.
Not sure what Rangers mid to late 90's teams you're talking about. Between 92 and 99 the Rangers employed amongst others: Messier, Graves, Beukeboom, Kocur (maybe the most feared fighter of the era), Jay Wells, Tikkanen, Lowe, Mike Hartman, Matteau, Kypreos, Pat Verbeek (the original guy with the nickname 'little ball of hate'), Darren Langdon, Shane Churla, Marty McSorley, Ulf Samuelsson, Daniel Lacroix, Ryan Vandenbussche, Eric Cairns, PJ Stock, Todd Harvey. We even had a fighting goalie for a while--Daniel Cloutier. Practically every one of those teams were tougher than the team we had last year and tougher than the team we're going to have this year.
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