I am hearing suggestions that the New York Rangers need more toughness or at least a pure fighter with some skills. While a few teams still look to fighting as an inspirational strategy, I am not a fan of the enforcer/goon role. Being the not-Flyers is in my Ranger blue genes. I’d prefer adding more speed.
That being said, the Rangers stick up for each other more than I have seen over the years. When an opposing forward jabs at the goalie (we have 2 now to speak of…) after the play, or refuses to leave the crease, he gets hit. In most of the years I have watched the team, they offered up a crease-lease agreement instead! Derek Dorsett is most relied upon to play the enforcer role. While his size does not match his heart, there is a Ranger who leads the league in penalty minutes. Again, not my preference, but he can also skate. I’ll take Danny Kristo and J.T Miller say, clicking on yet another scoring line, than a lumbering Jody Shelly type, “a dying breed” any day.
Hockey is certainly a game of aggression and strength along with it’s beauty. The Rangers now have team toughness which may be all they really need to become a successful powerhouse.