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Everyone’s A Shot Blocker

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

If you’re a Rangers fan, the last thing you want to see the first month of next season is Chris Kreider flinging himself in front of shots from the blue line.

Check that: If you’re a Rangers fan, the last thing you want to see the first month of next season is Kreider in street clothes, scratched from a game because he hadn’t flung himself in front of shots from the blue line.

Personnel questions await the Blueshirts following their run through the regular season and their stop-and-go trek to the Eastern Conference finals, but the larger question concerns the team’s style of play going forward under coach John Tortorella, who has cast himself as a true believer that shot-blocking is at the very foundation of an NHL team’s pyramid of success.

Actually, the two questions are interlocked just like the letters on the hats worn by the Yankees, because if the Rangers are going to insist every player in the organization fit into the same round hole and there’s no room for diverse styles under this coach, then that is severely going to limit the options available to general manager Glen Sather as he seeks to upgrade the team’s talent level.

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gowings's avatar

Good morning Paul,

I did not know where to write this, but what is your prediction for the Stanley Cup finals? I have to give my pick for the hockey pool at work and quite frankly, I am confused! I was going with the Kings, but I guess the Devils could be a surprise here. What do you think? (the invite is open to anyone that reads this, I need help!!!)


Thanks to all (and to all the men and women serving…THANK YOU)

Posted by gowings from MTL on 05/28/12 at 01:15 PM ET

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Here you go gowings.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/28/12 at 01:48 PM ET

gowings's avatar

THANK YOU PAUL smile

Posted by gowings from MTL on 05/28/12 at 02:44 PM ET

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As the Rangers get more skilled players the shot blocking will decrease.

Posted by 13 user names on 05/28/12 at 03:10 PM ET

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These guys are very young for the most part, they will evolve into very good players.  Tortrella used what he had.  Tampa was a different style.  Rangers barely made playoffs for years , he’s doing something right.

I doubt you’d hear all this naysaying if Toronto won while employing it.

Posted by 13 user names on 05/28/12 at 03:19 PM ET

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