A large part of the New York Rangers identity last season
was being a hard/tough team to play against.
The reason for that emphasis was because the Rangers knew that on many
nights they would be the inferior team in terms of pure talent, but effort and
hard work would carry them through in many situations. Chris Botta at Slap
Shot wonders what has happened to that identity of toughness early this
Down: Rangers’ Toughness – So maybe Sean
Avery has lost enough of his edge for the pesky wing to no longer merit a job
as one of the Rangers’ top 13 forwards. But something is amiss with the
Blueshirts. It’s one thing to be winless in three games to start the
season; it’s unacceptable to be an easy team to play against. The Rangers need
to upgrade their toughness quotient or opponents will continue to skate into their
end without a care in the world. Calling up Kris Newbury and demoting Mats
Zuccarello to the minors, as Glen Sather did after the loss on Long Is...