: Larry Brooks:
Rangers season at crossroads--already
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10-11-2013, 10:33 AM
Join Date: Sep 2008
Everyone wants to know this team's identity and who we are. I'll tell you who we are, we became the Columbus Blue Jackets!
Dubi and Arty are not saviors but we did not in any way, shape or form replace them with similar players. Yes, Prust is way overpaid but its not like we really spent the money saved on him wisely! Regardless of how over romanticized the 11-12 squad may be, the fact remains that an identity was built over time and established and we never even gave that group a second chance to learn from that first deep playoff run and come back hungry having come close to a finals appearance. We needed some minor tweaks not a major overhaul, sometimes a group is greater than the sum of it's parts and chemistry goes far beyond just playing out on the ice.
This group looks like they've had their heart torn out! It was evident last year and even more so this year.
It all comes down to not being able to draft and develop offensive players. When you have a whole team of grinder/2way types you have to trade some of them for what you don't have. It wasn't the idea that was wrong when it came to the Nash trade, we did need another offensive weapon, so much as we didn't have a proper plan in place to replace those that left. We shifted away from our identity and now here we are, without one and it sucks!
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