from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
There has been no edge and no resolve from the Rangers, who don’t even resemble distant cousins from last year’s Black-and-Blueshirts who spit out nails and pucks on their way to storming to the East’s regular season championship before being stopped in the conference finals.
The team that led the NHL with 65 fighting majors last season is currently in a four-way tie for 26th/29th in that category with 12 in 34 games, and just four in the last 29 matches.
Moreover, players who engaged in eight of those bouts are no longer on the roster. Only Arron Asham (three), who was a puzzling scratch in Montreal, and Brian Boyle (one), who well could be gone by Wednesday’s trade deadline, remain on the squad.
It is true that taking a hit to make a play equates to hockey toughness every bit as much as dropping the gloves, but the absence of pugilists in the lineup — was Micheal Haley really so bad that he had to be demoted to the Whale following...