Did Losing Dubinsky and Prust Crush the Rangers
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12-13-2013, 08:15 PM
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: about last summer.
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Exactly. Dubi could do it all, he wasn't a consistent scorer but he did so many other things, he dropped the gloves with Ovetchkin, guy had balls and watching Columbus now you see very clearly what we missed.
Worst post of the season.
The CBJ ran into something similar. They made the playoffs, then didn't resign Mike Peca or Manny Malhotra. Two guys, who from the outside looked to be replaceable. Peca's play on the ice was slipping - that was obvious. What wasn't obvious was the role he had in the room of being the Hitchcock / young player buffer. He was there to explain to the kids and smooth some ruffled feathers "don't take what Hitch said personally, just do your job". Malhotra was one of those guys who would invite the youngsters over for dinner (and probably keep them out of trouble). But, he wanted a big raise that offseason. Two role models whose roles behind the scenes were far more important than it appeared.
There is something to the whole idea of "glue guys". When your glue guys can be your skill guys or your good example guys - then the team can have some sustained success. If your skill guys aren't hard workers and give the impression to the team youngsters that you really don't have to work for it, that is when things will crumble.
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