Did Losing Dubinsky and Prust Crush the Rangers
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12-13-2013, 02:26 PM
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I hope you don't mind an outside voice.
Just my opinion, you need the right pieces. I think hockey teams in particular (more so than other pro sports) need to work as a team rather than as a group of individuals.
You've seen both of these guys... Nash and Zherdev. Both, as individuals, can do magical things. But, for whatever reason, don't fit well with very many others. They work well in certain combinations - Nash and Voborney worked. Nash and Malhotra worked OK. Nash and most others, not so much.
It is players with versatility that make the overall team better. Not to be beating the CBJ drum to much here, but you could probably take almost any combination of the current forwards (at least top 9, maybe top 12) and still have some success. Different combos will work better, but having guys that can do it all (to some degree) makes the TEAM better.
My opinion, it would be better to have the equivalent of 12 B grade forwards than 3 A players, 3 B players, and 6 C/D level players. The average grade might be the same, but the balance / depth (or lack thereof) can come back to bite you.
Dubinsky seems to be the type (occasionally overly emotional, but fire-y) that can give the other guys a kick in the pants when they need it. Nash - not so much.
The "team players" vs "individuals" concept is nice but during our best "team" year we were still led in scoring by the definition of an "individual" in Marian Gaborik.
When you've got team players who are also very talented you've hit gold. But it doesn't usually work that way. Good teams work individuals into their program. The role players do their thing and let the talented players score without having to lead.
Look at some of the top scorers on those Devils teams that won or made it to the finals. Stephane Richer. Gomez. Petr Sykora. Mogilny. Kovalchuk.
The Devils could work most players into their program because they HAD a program. It started with a competent GM and filtered down to everyone else. The Rangers aren't there. I'm not sure the Blue Jackets are either.
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