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10-15-2013, 08:39 AM
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There's no reason that the Rangers defensemen and team in general can't play AV's defensive system. There's nothing crazy about playing a more man-pressure defense VS. zone defense that Torts preached. Plenty of teams do it in the NHL, it doesn't require special players. Saying that the personnel don't fit the system in this instance is just an excuse

AV is also not trying to play run and gun hockey, he preached from the beginning that he wants a balanced team that takes care of its responsibilities defensively but has a long enough leash to be creative offensively. Just because he doesn't want the team to sit back in a shell all game long doesn't mean he wants run and gun.

What playing a puck pressure, "man to man" type of defense does mean is that all the players have to work together and know what their responsibilities are, and that really isn't any different than playing the zone that Tortorella likes. Players have to know where to be, who to pick up, and how to rotate their coverage. It's done differently than playing zone but these are basic fundamentals that are not beyond any of the Rangers players. What they need is time and practice to learn them, which they really haven't had enough of. Spending 21 days out of 25 on the road between the start of preseason and the start of the season kinda sucks

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