While speaking on the radio last week, Jeff Gorton was asked about the Rangers lack of toughness and said that he agreed with the assessment and that it was something that would be addressed.
Gorton said that the Rangers want to be a team that plays hard and that their was a "void" of toughness in the last few months.
He added that as the season went on "it became more and more clear and it's something that will be addressed."
Elliotte Friedman said that he had been told that some of the biggest complains about Alain Vigneault were his "turn the other cheek" mentality. (31 Thoughts Podcast)
Friedman said that there is a belief that certain Ranger players were told not to "fight back" and that opposing teams took advantage of that. (31 Thoughts Podcast)
Adam Rotter: It's not as if the Rangers need to add guys who best on-ice asset is fighting, they've had Tanner Glass and Cody McLeod for that the last few years, but they need to play with more of an edge and go as far as they can to "the line" without going over it. The desire to play whistle to whistle is sound in theory because you don't want to put yourself at a disadvantage by taking penalties, but teams wore down the Rangers physically and, probably mentally, because they knew there wasn't likely to be much payback. Again, it's not open taking yourself out of the play to deliver an open-ice hit, it's about playing with an edge, battling hard and trying to wear teams out so that they take penalties or are in a position where the Rangers can take advantage.