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10-15-2013, 08:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Trxjw View Post
It's not a bad hockey team. It's just a poorly assembled one, and that's been our biggest issue for many years now. The lineup is always too much of one thing, and not enough of many others. It seems as though Sather gets completely hung-up on something we lacked the season before, and goes hog-wild to fix it, often at the expense of the rest of the lineup. One year it's toughness, then it's depth, then it's scoring, then it starts all over again.

The other part is that the Rangers are developing a quality group of prospects, but now they're at a point where having those kids come in and play big roles is a necessity, instead of a 'good problem to have' as it ought to be. It's times like this where you start to see teams ruin good prospects. They force them into roles because they convince themselves they're ready. Not because they are, but because they need them to be. Kreider, Miller, Fast, Lindberg, Kristo and Hrivik. That group should be spending the next 40 games shredding the AHL, not being shuttled back and forth between the big club and the Pack.

It's all a result of this organization having no direction. They say they want to compete, but can't save themselves from overhauling the team every summer. There's no team identity. There's little chemistry. The team is always made up of mercenaries. This team is better than it's shown so far, but I question how far it can ultimately go. The elephant in the room is the fact that few of these players are under contract. If the team can't get it together, how many of them are going to want to stick around?
Bravo. Especially RE prospect development. There are a lot of posts saying to play the kids because "they can't be any worse." Putting aside that that is not even necessarily true, that is not how a successful franchise should view playing their young players. The focus should be on - what is going to net the best results long term? Hell even mid-term - end of this season / early next season. Getting shuttled back and forth, being told "you're ready...no wait you're not", not getting even enough practice time to establish chemistry with your teammates, etc is just not in the long term interest of these prospects. I don't believe that.

If we had a solid core a la, for example, SJ, that needed an energy/motivation boost - fine. If Miller, Kreider, etc was expected to come up and ride shotgun for a line that could fundamentally play hockey - ya know complete a pass, break out, forecheck - fine. That isn't the case here because the team is lacking 1. talent 2. an identity and 3. any signs of mental strength.

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