Devs Vs Rangers:Then and now...
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02-07-2007, 06:27 PM
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Atlanta, B&R in NYC
The key to NJ's success has always resided with Lame Lou. He brought the style to NJ. He has brought in one coach after another schooled in the Montreal Canadiens trapping, tight defensive game. Was Colly Campbell that said that the individual parts were not equal to the whole? The consistancy on the ice collates directly to the consistancy in the front office. Lame Lou's handprint is clearly on the franchise.
They have a goalie who excels in that system and they continually build arounf that basis.
Your premise and those of others are valid, pointing out the loss of key players and not missing a step. So the question becomes, is it the system or the players? You could argue that players like Stevens, Neidermayer, Daneyko, Holik, etc were made good by playing in that system, after all NJ has not come anywhere near replacing the caliber of those players. So how much better were those players made by playing in that system?
There is no short answer. It it and always is a combination of skill, discipline and consistancy of the organizaton.
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