Thread: Team toughness
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09-27-2013, 01:31 PM
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If we had a lethal pwp that might address some of the problems with our lack of tough players. Unfortunately that's not the case. Saying that I'm not sure how great an issue it's going to become. It became an issue a few years back when Gaborik got mugged. Personally I don't think we're tough enough either but that's not going to be a difference maker all of the time. Anyway the year Gaborik got mugged was the year that Sather brought in Prust and Shelley at the trade deadline. The Rangers then were more than tough enough and made a run for the final playoff spot in which with they were knocked out by the Flyers in OT in the final game of the year--so one could argue that the Rangers weren't tough enough that year.

The problem is not as easy to solve though as some people make out. As we're seeing in training camp--McIlrath is not ready. Whoever does this kind of grunt work has to be able to skate and to play. Just gooning it up is not good enough anymore. You're just shortening your bench when you dress guys who can only do just that one thing.

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