Does Jarret Stoll Signing Bring New York Rangers Any Closer to Stanley Cup?

August 13th, 2015 by Jonathan Willis Leave a reply »

Normally, when a team signs a player like Jarret Stoll, the emphasis is placed on intangibles. He’s basically a perfect fit for the part; he plays a physical style of hockey, he’s primarily a defensive specialist at even strength and he has multiple Stanley Cup rings. He’s the kind of guy who just naturally brings the cliche “he knows how to win” to mind.

The trouble with praising Stoll’s intangibles is that this summer he was arrested and charged with felony cocaine possession in Las Vegas. According to the Associated Press, those charges were dismissed, while Stoll pleaded guilty to two reduced charges and was ultimately sentenced to community service.

That makes it a little bit easier to focus on what he does as a hockey player to help his team win, and to ignore the all-too-automatic “it’s what he brings to the room” dismissal of any qualms regarding the things that actually happen on the ice.

So what kind of player is Stoll?

Stoll has, over the years, evolved into a specialist. He contributes to both the power play and the penalty kill and at even ...

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