We had them guys and had the best season since 94.. Dont forget toughest team in NHL resulted in a great season
Well Haley and McIlrath weren't there. And it's true that the Rangers were a tough team and it's true that they had a great year, but to say one caused the other is a giant leap. If that were the case, why were the 03-04 Rangers any good?
At risk of sounding like a broken record, this comes from the top. Sather has fostered a lazy, easy-way-out, culture.
Renney managed to overcome that because the standards were low and they stumbled upon a dynamic top line and elite goalie.
Torts managed to serve as a buffer between the players and the GM and demanded a level of play and intensity and the players bought in.
Now, with a roster that's not really suited to play any particular style and a softer coach, the team is amazingly fragile.
That just about sums it up. The term "poorly constructed" comes to mind as a hallmark of Sather. A horrible combination of undervaluing what you have, the desire for new toys and the rather foolish belief that pure skill conquers all.
How many guys in the league can do what Lucic does?
Hardly makes him a "generational talent". See Crosby, Sidney. See Ovechkin, Alex. See Eric friggin' Lindros. Those are "generational" talents. Saying that Lucic is a generational talent would be like saying that Clark Gillies was a generational talent. Lucic is unique in today's NHL. But is he really better than Billy Guerrin was?
And last year the Blackhawks were 25th in fights and in 2010 when they won they were 24th
Toronto was first in fights last year and out in the first round
Not sure why people get hung up on the fighting - while I think it's a part of the game, toughness isn't just fighting.(not picking on you! ) It's about delivering and finishing hard checks as well.
You can look at LA, who were 18th in fights the year they won the cup - but go back and look at how they played. Pretty much nobody on the opposition got a free pass, if you were rushing the puck someone is getting a piece of you...their hard forechecking was a thing of beauty to watch.
I think we sorely miss those components with Dubi and Prust gone. (along with a couple others)
As it stands right now, I'm hoping Carcillo goes back to the way he was in Phoenix, I liked his game back then. So I'll give him a clean slate, as hard as it is for me to say that.
A case can actually be made for Haley to be playing on this team's 4th line.
See I never understood why he wasn't put on the PK at the NHL level. Obviously he hasn't seen any time this season, but last year as well. But last year it wasn't a need on the pk, while this year, a 4th liner has to be able to pk under AV.
This leads me to believe that Carcillo will not see much ice time. Haley would sell out every time, blocking shots on the PK for sure. Maybe the concern is that he gets mesmerized by a good PPQB or takes a bad penalty.
I think he is a guy that adds an element of fearless that a Callahan and Girardi do, that this team needs, and a portion of the fan base absolutely abhors from the sounds of it on this board.
I don't know if beta-males tend to be more skillful, but from the make up of this roster, that certainly seems to be the case.
yes they were and you know what? Both them teams were physically tougher then the rangers are..they played with more of a edge and hit everything that moved.
You know a good possibility of them being 18th in fights is because that maybe lots of teams didn't want to fight their guys. That roster has it's share of toughness, but more importantly they are filled with guys that are "capable" and "willing".
Hell Drew Doughty isn't opposed to the submarine hit if things get a little nasty. That LA-STL series last year was some of the best hockey I've seen.
While everyone is on a sugar high from all the winning in the last 10 games the fact remains we are softer than soft..Having Carcillo out there against philly with a minute to go is a bad move by AV even tho Carcillo didn't do anything wrong he's such a hated player teams will go after him when the game is out of hand...Having him out at the end of the game will get our other soft players killed as they will have to jump in when all hell breaks loose...Either get more muscle AV or leave carbomb on the bench for the final 60 seconds
The Rangers have really never had a focus on making physically punishing players part of their depth chart. I'd like it to be different, but it is what it is.
Whatever they have focused on has not really worked for them.
.....and Dominick Moore is about as dependable a 4th line center as you could have. No too many people I'd want there besides him. Great move picking him up.
Fine but there is no need for him and Boyle to be in the line up if Carcillo can keep up his play when Dorsett comes back. Having Dorsett and the Carcillo that we have seen is will serve this team in a better way than having both Moore and Boyle.