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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  • Centerman

    What about Dorsett? A year ago he led the NHL in penalty mins and was tops in fighting majors. They still have Asham as well if they need another fighter on the roster.
    The one thing I think this team lacks is a defenseman that is willing to drop the gloves. I’d like to see the coaching staff put the onus on the Hartford team to push McIlrath along for this reason. Teams are going to target your defenseman in the playoffs. To have a guy on the back end that no one will mess with is a plus. To have a guy like Mac that’s will and able to kick the crap out of anyone is invaluable.
    In any event I think they aught to bring in one guy that can be a pest. Hit hard and is willing to go to the rough areas of the ice. They need a Steve Ott type in the lineup. Not him because he’s too old but they need an energy player. A high motor player that can lift spirits with a big hit or such. I believe Dorsett can be that player. He was a shell of himself when brought back in the playoffs.
    Otherwise I think this team has a good mix of size, speed, and a little skill sprinkled in. Along with some gritty players on the roster. The Rangers need to get secondary scoring from the 3rd line. Whoever is there. Otherwise, Sather needs to add a player at the deadline.

    • Rob

      McIlrath will bring that tough presence on the blue line when the organization feels he’s NHL ready. I also think Stu Bickel is a player that’s frequently overlooked. He’s not the strongest skater but he’s not afraid to stick up for his teammates and he’s an obvious upgrade over a guy like Gilroy. He was effective in the 11-12 season but the “no penalties ever” philosophy we saw from Torts this past year lead to him being AHL fodder.

      I’m also a big Dorsett fan, his conditioning wasn’t at its best in the short time we saw him with NY but he was still effective as an agitator. He’s obviously undersized to be an enforcer, that’s a hole Mike Rupp left when he was tragically traded for Powe, a player who has already been effectively replaced by Dominic Moore this off season.

      • Rob

        Also, don’t forget about Micheal Haley. He’s also undersized but he’s a pit bull and I thought he looked very solid in the time we saw him. The line with him and Dorsett centered by Newbury was easily the most effective fourth line the Rangers put out during the playoffs. I’d love to see him get another look.

      • Centerman

        I’d like to see Haley get a look on the 4th line too and he may get a few games here or there. Problem is that there’s not many spots left. I don’t know if McIlrath gets any NHL ice time this season. His skating needs work and he has to at least learn how to handle the puck in the offensive zone before he gets his shot.

        Bickel was better as a forward for the Rangers and that’s not saying much. He’s a liability on the blue line. He lets pucks and forwards get past him for scoring chances going the other way. He’s a big kid but not a great hockey player. If he’s here next year, maybe he has improved in that area enough to get a shot.

        I have to disagree with you about Rupp. He had the size and could fight if needed but looked like he skates with cinder blocks instead of skates. He has trouble keeping up in all 3 zones. Powe on the other hand is pretty quick and served a purpose on the PK. Which had grown thin with the guys lost in Free Agency and the Nash trade. Powe was 2nd in blocked shots in 11/12. Callahan was 3rd. That’s why they got Powe. He fit the team and filled a couple needs. Torts had a hard time finding ice time for Rupp. before he was traded he was playing 4 mins a game. It was a good trade at the time.

        Dorsett is a little small but he isn’t afraid to fight anyone in the NHL. I’d like to see a defenseman on the top 6 that’s able to throw down his gloves. A guy that can fight when teams get a little too rough with our defenseman. They need that and one large forward that at least has fought before. Just as a deterant at least. If not a full time fighter on the team.