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Rangers Trying To Find Their Identity

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Everyone understood this team would be more top-heavy following an offseason in which Rick Nash came but Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Ruslan Fedotenko and Brandon Prust departed. Everyone could see the added skill level. But the Rangers, a guts-’n-glory team if there ever were one, seem to be grappling for an identity in this new season.

Nearly all of last night’s chances were developed off the rush, many keyed by precocious young guns J.T. Miller and Chris Kreider, entrusted with all the ice time they could handle. But play below the hash marks was sparing — as was the Rangers’ ability to create or win puck battles.

“We have spurts where we play below the hash marks and try to wear the other team down, but we haven’t been able to do that consistently,” Marc Staal said. “We have the talent to be creative off the rush, but we can’t get away from grinding.

“That’s the way we have to play.”

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Evilpens's avatar

well it is OBVIOUSLY Jeremy Jacobs & Gary Bettman’s fault Right Lar? LOL

Posted by Evilpens on 02/06/13 at 11:14 AM ET

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Larry Brooks is looking for complex explanations to something simple: the Rangers are much slower than the rest of the Atlantic, so they struggle against those teams. Not quick to begin with, they subtracted 2 fast skaters from the top 6 and got 0-1 back (depending on if you count Nash, who doesn’t always use the speed he has). Then added Asham, who might be the slowest guy in the league.

That’s what that Rupp/Powe swap was about. Powe’s not necessarily more useful; he’s just fleeter of foot. But one change on the fourth line isn’t enough to fix this.

Posted by larry on 02/06/13 at 03:10 PM ET

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