I disagree with this. Every team needs to have an identity and torts is still trying to mold his with the Rangers. If a player doesnt want to conform to a team identity than get him off that team. As you can see from the devils situation here, just because you add an elite player to a team doesnt mean its going to make them better. Hockey is a team sport and as homer as this sounds there really is no I in team.
Building a team around guys that subscribe to torts gameplan or any coach for that matter is exactly the correct way of doing things imo. There will just be some players that fit that mold, (such as elite players like gaborik) and there will be some talented ones that dont (frolov, zherdev etc)
I want guys on this team who want to be here and do what it takes to fit into the chemistry of what is going to make this team one big cohesive unit.
Well said. I agree whole heartedly. God forbid they get rid of players that don't want to subscribe to the team philosophy of playing hard.