Originally written on NY Rangers Blog  |  Last updated 2/6/13
Larry Brooks at the New York Post feels that the Rangers are having an identity crisis right now... "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." ...Brooks hits the nail on the head here. Torts still wants to play the style of hockey that made the Rangers so successful last season, but not sure that's possible with this team. While newcomers like Pyatt, Halpern and Asham are playing hard, they're just not bringing the intangibles that the guys Brooks mentions above did every night. Those guys knew how to give the team a lift whether it be through a fight, a big hit or a clutch penalty kill. This current group hasn't figured that out yet. ...another concern is the drop in batt...
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