Apr 26, 2013; St. Paul, MN, USA; Minnesota Wild forward Mike Rupp (27) is given a ten-minute misconduct during the third period against the Edmonton Oilers at the Xcel Energy Center. The Oilers defeated the Wild 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Are The Rangers Tough Enough To Win?

May 19, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; New York Rangers forward Derek Dorsett (15) fights with Boston Bruins forward Gregory Campbell (11) during the third period of game two of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Michael Ivins-USA TODAY Sports

 

This off-season has been very different from prior ones that have taken place recently for the Rangers. Usually the Rangers are always signing the sexiest free agent on the market or they get a big name player via trade. This off-season the Rangers are focusing on re-signing their own core opposed to signing a big name which is by all means the right thing to do. The Rangers have also brought in some players for depth reasons as well. Some names the Rangers have acquired are Justin Falk, Dominic Moore, Aaron Johnson, Benoit Pouliot and etc, mainly for depth purposes for the team. But with all the depth and with the Rangers current roster now as it stands, the question I have about the team is are they tough enough to contend? Now I believe the Rangers will be contenders no matter what this year but if they can have a deep playoff run, will they be tough enough? Right now I do not believe they are. Let’s be honest. This roster has so much talent but really no toughness or fighters you do not want to fight against. This could be a problem in the regular season but will be much more of a problem come playoff time. A team who gets pushed around and a team that cannot stand up for themselves will not win the Stanley Cup. Period end of discussion. I feel the Rangers are really lacking toughness on their roster. It will be interesting to see if Sather makes any moves during the course of the season for more toughness. It will also be interesting to see if the Rangers actually are lacking toughness in the upcoming year. This is all pure speculation as of now but from the looks of their roster the Rangers do not look like an intimidating team. The lack of toughness could be their weakest link. What do you guys think? Leave your comments down below!

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