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by Paul on 05/28/12 at 12:38 PM ET
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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