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10-28-2013, 08:53 AM
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Originally Posted by NYR94 View Post
Vaigneault doesn't have to be like Tortorella, but he does have to start winning games. It's going to be hard to do with the injuries to Lundqvist and Nash. The team is not deep and is starved for offense, things that Tortorella had to deal with during his tenure. Nash needs to come back and get to the 40 goal level the Rangers relied so heavily on Gaborik for. And if the other forwards don't step up, Lundqvist is going to have to be his usual Vezina-contender self. That's a lot to ask for from two players, but that's the roster Sather has put together. There are really only two players on the team who are star-level difference makers. It's hard to be a serious contender with one star forward and an elite goalie. The support players would actually have to be scoring for that to work, which they haven't done nearly enough. Chicago's roster looks like an All-Star team compared to what the Rangers ice.
It's funny that you mention the superstar elite forward on the team. He went number 1 overall, that's where teams get guys that can dominate with the puck, at the top of the draft boards. So when a team ices a few players that can do that, then that puck possession type of game can be played, because the coach can throw out that player who dominates with the puck. When teams have defense men that can do that, then that's when it really clicks, and I think you need at least 3-4 players like that and one better be a 25 min a night d-man.

Chi: Toews (3rd overall) Kane (1st) Keith (32nd) Hossa (12th)
Ott: Spezza (2nd), Ryan (2nd), Karsslon (15)
Pit: Crosby (1st), Malkin (2nd), Letang (hit late)
Wsh: Ovechkin (1st), Backstrom (4th), Green (26th)
Det: Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Kronwall. (Hit Late repeatedly)

So unless your Detroit, you had to suck and pick up high end picks, year after year, or give up assets or sign free agents to get those types of players.

AV had the Sedins (2nd, 3rd) in Van that were those guys for him over there. After watching the preseason game against Van with Lundqvist and the full D line up, and seeing the results, it was clear to me that the free flow brand of river hockey wasn't going to work with this organization.

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