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The better team won. And the reason LA is the better team is because Rick Nash sucks. When your leading goal scorer and highest-paid player goes pointless in the Stanley Cup Finals, you lose. No team overcomes that. When you consider how close it was, it just shows how Nash being a non-factor was THE factor in deciding the series.
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Prediction: Nash gets traded in the offseason for David Clarkson. Trade one bad contract for another but free up around $2.5 mil in cap space.
Talk about burrying the lead. Total shakeup on the lines. Obviously something radical is needed, so hard to question. But none of these lines make a lot of sense.
I do wish he'd go with Miller. I like Dorsett, but no room for dumb penalties in this game.
3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Nash has been so worthless, my only hope is that it finally teaches Slats to stop signing or trading for 'big name" players. Nash, St. Louis, Richards, Gaborik, Drury, Gomez, Lindros, Bure. Can he not see what's going on here? Just stop.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
If you told me two weeks ago that Lundqvist would be a non-factor, Nash would have no goals, and the Zuccs line would barely contribute, I'd say we didn't have a prayer of even getting to a game 7. WTF do the Rangers best players always go quiet in the playoffs? Happens every year
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I haven't been impressed by Fast. Would prefer Miller for sure. And if not, I say put Dorsett on the third line and Carcillo on the fourth. Fast hasn't proven he deserves to be in a top 9 slot in the playoffs. Miller and Dorsett both have.
4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
The most obvious thing to do is flip Richards and Stepan. Step has always played well with cally and Hags. Oh, and Step should fire his agent. He got really bad advice this summer.
7 months ago on Why Not Jump Start Stepan With A Healthy Scratch?
Here's the thing about MDZ - when he plays well, the team wins. He's a catalyst, and adds a dimension of offense from the blueline (especially on the rush) that no one else really brings.
First half of his rookie year, and most of 2011-12, we saw that and the Rangers were winners.
Last season we didn't see much, and this year he's pretty awful. But when he's on, the Rangers are a better team.
Of course, we know how this story ends - gets traded, finds confidence and maturity, blossoms, and comes back to kill NYR in a playoff series. I hope he gets traded to the West.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Senators, Blackhawks & Bruins Scouts Attended Last Night's Game
At barely above 500 it's hard to excited about this team. But I pause to be THANKFUL for the following:
- That Nash is back
- That Kreider is finally playing top six minutes in the NHL and looks great
- That Staal isn't blind
- That a rookie goalie is winning games for us
- That Brad Richards is 2x as good as last season
- That the lockout is a distant memory
- That Stralman keeps getting better
- That Ryan McDonough is Ranger property and Scott Gomez isn't
- That the Rangers powerplay is somewhat respectable
- That Derek Dorsett stands up for his teammates
- That Ryan Callahan is our captain
- That Torts is no longer the coach
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Rangers 5, Panthers 2
It really comes dow to the makeup of the Rangers lineup, where pretty much all the top-9 forwards except Nash belong on a second line, and none are natural third-line checkers who can initiate physical play.
Bressard is a not-so-great second line center. Behind Stepan and Richards who are better second-line centers. And Hagelin, Kreider, Zucs, Cally - none of them belong on a third line or are effective in that role (Hags especially, who always brings the best out of his scoring linemates but disappears as soon as he goes down to the third line).
I really don't know what the Rangers can do about it, without a blockbuster trade that remakes the team. It kind of all gets back to letting Prust go and breaking up the Boyle-Prust-Fedatenko line. It changed the makeup of the whole team.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Rangers Couldn't Break A Carton of Eggs In Tampa
Love Danny boy but he is precisely the 6th most offensively skilled Rangers defenseman. He's never been effective on the PP. I bet he can't even figure out what's he's doing there. When the Rangers signed Stralman he was considered a PP specialist. Absurd that he's not getting a shot when playing well.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Miller Sent to Hartford; Girardi Replaces Stepan on 1st PP Unit; Lundqvist Starts Again
Could not agree more, on just about every observation.
8 months, 4 weeks ago on Lightning 5, Rangers 0
I would much rather see the Rangers get a physical defenseman for MDZ than a forward. A trade the permanently keeps JT Miller in the press box doesn't do anything for the Rangers
9 months ago on No Scouts Watched Del Zotto vs. Stars
Totally agree about Miller. Just makes no sense. Pouliot is not going to contribute from the 4th line, but Miller can. I think the kid has played well in limited ice time. Not sure what kind of message this sends. Really just messing with his head at this point.
9 months ago on Nash Returns Tonight; MIller Scratched
Sounds like Pouliot plus $3.6 million cap hit. Terrible idea.
9 months ago on Rumor: NYR Interest in Martin Havlat?
This idea of constantly sending players to Hartford for development and ice time is getting out of hand. These guys have proven they can play at the NHL level and having a couple bad games should not send anyone packing to the minors at this point of their career. Miller is a responsible and dynamic player. Last year I think they left him in the NHL too long when he wasn't playing at a level that proved he belonged. But this season he's been solid. At some point you just have to say, this guy is an NHL player and that's where he's gonna stay unless he proves he doesn't belong.
9 months ago on Nash Could Return Tomorrow Night; Coaches Haven't Given Up on Del Zotto
I hope that when Nash comes back, AV keeps the lines balanced - that is, keep the top two lines as is and put Nash with Bressard and either Miller, Dorsett or Pouliot. That would give the Rangers one of the most balanced/deepest attacks in the league.
9 months, 1 week ago on Nash Skates Again; Moore Eases Into Contact; No Pyatt
Zuccs has been aswful this year, And so has just about every other Ranger forward, especially Pouliot. When they were playing with Brassard in camp they were the Rangers best line, and AV broke them up after 2.5 games. Wish he'd put them back together just for a game to see what happens. Then if they don't improve, bench both Zuccs and Pouliot. But if they did show some chemistry and scored a goal or two, it would be a big lift for a team that needs it desperately.
10 months ago on Lundqvist Out vs. Flyers; Zuccarello Possible Scratch
So obvious that Fast and Pyatt should switch places. WIth the injuries, this should be Fast's shot to prove himself, and for the brass to assess what they have in him. If he's just going to get 4th line minutes, what's the point.
And if Fast has a big game, it will be a shot of adrenalin through the entire lineup. Pyatt can't provide that, even when he chips in a goal or two.
10 months ago on Pyatt to First Line; Kreider Coming Soon?
This is a great read. Thx for doing this. Keep these comin'
10 months ago on Prospect Update 10/19: Wolfpack Come From Behind To Win Fourth In A Row
Yeah, Torts was AWFUL. A good coach gets the best out of his best players in the playoffs. He never did, ever.
Obviously something is terribly wrong with this team right now. But that doesn't absolve Torts.
10 months, 1 week ago on Sather Didn't Think It Would Be This Bad; Biron to Start Saturday
I rarely defend Sather but I've got to here. The moves he made were popular with almost everyone at the time. In retrospect, the worst one was letting Prust go, but pretty much no one thought he was in the wrong there. Yeah, the team has lost some edge and grit, but the roster is still deep and has a lot of character.
No one can explain why they're so awful this year. Especially with so few changes from a team that went to the 2nd round of the playoffs.
But I'll say this. TORTS WAS AN AWFUL COACH. He went into the playoffs every year with a team full of guys who were exhausted and didn't know their roles. Every year the top players had awful playoffs under Torts and that was no coincidence. Looking back and second-guessing is pointless. This team has good players who are playing horribly. I don't know the cause, but Glen Sather isn't it. And I'm NOT a fan of Sather.
One last thought... biggest difference between this team and the team from 2 years ago is the play of Dan Girardi. He's gone from being an All-Star to being mistake prone, and that's hurt the Rangers big time. I love Dan. I will always be a fan. But his play has slipped big time. Last season and this season.
I agree about Pyatt. But putting that aside for a sec, Rangers lineup looks very deep and balanced, even w/o Hags, Kreider, Miller or Fast. This team has no excuse not to be a winner.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Rangers @ Kings (Game 2)
The Rangers should not give up any assets for him because of his contract. If they buy out Richards they'll have the $, but Toronto would love to have a taker so there's no reason to give up anything of value.
1 year, 1 month ago on More Sloppy Seconds for Phaneuf?
Going after another over-aged, over-priced free agent would be Einstein's definition of insanity.
1 year, 2 months ago on Mark Streit Anyone?
You're WAY off calling Hags a third line player. Two reasons I say that: Hags has had multiple good stretches over the two years playing on the top line or second line. When he moved down to the third line mid-season, that's when he disappeared. He's usually put up numbers on the top line. BUT, there's more to it than that. Hags is a catalyst. When you put him on a new line with offensive guys, more of than not those guys get going. He's the ingredient that can make a line click, whether he personally puts up numbers or not. That's the role Hags plays on the Rangers, not a third line role.
1 year, 2 months ago on Hagelin Contract Talks Look Good; Shoulder Update
@Mikeytri It does suck when it happens to your team, but given a choice between more 5 x 3 and fewer, I'd pick more. Too many crappy goalies with 2.50 gaa's i this this league. Rules changes should be to create more scoring, not less.
1 year, 2 months ago on Visors to be Grandfathered in Next Season, Other Rule Changes Proposed
I totally disagree about delay of game. It's a great rule because it puts the defensive player at a disadvantage, and we need more scoring and more forechecking. I'm not talking about the PP goals that result from this - although, for teams other than the Rangers at least, more PPs mean more scoring and that's good too. I'm taking about all the times in a game that the defensive player just has to work a little bit harder to get the puck out of the zone, because pinging it off the top of the glass while under pressure is just a little too risky. So maybe he sends the puck down the center of the ice, it's intercepted and leads to a goal that way. It's a subtle thing and might not make a measurable difference. But anything the league can do to give the advantage to the forechecker and encourage aggressive hockey is a good thing.
The rule change I'd most like to see... zero tolerance for goalies freezing the puck without at least one foot in the crease. But that's for another post.
I don't get this post. Torts is supposed to get credit for caring about the Rangers? Every single person on this blog cares about the Rangers and none of us deserve to be coach. That's setting the bar very low.
It's pretty obvious that the guy was on cloud 9. He was seeing a game in a way that no one else on earth was seeing it and it wasn't leading to results. He was pretty much the only guy who couldn't figure out that McD and Stralman deserved a shot on the PP. He was definitely the only one who thought Girardi was the Rangers best PP point man. He was the only guy who thought playing your 4th line 6-8 minutes a game was a winning approach. He was the only one who thought cutting down to 5 D-men in the playoffs last year was the right call. He was the only guy who thought that talking smack about his players publicly would be good motivation. And he sure as hell is the only guy on earth who thought that being disrespectful to Sam Rosen - for doing his job - was remotely OK.
Whether the players loved or hated him, it's clear that they lost respect for him. They didn't think they were in good hands, because they weren't.
Being passionate is not an excuse for being bad at your job, especially at this level.
1 year, 2 months ago on How I Want to Remember Torts
1 year, 3 months ago on Bruins 2, Rangers 1
Anyone catch how during the timeout, Torts and Sullivan were writing notes - TO EACH OTHER? Not even talking to the players. Can anyone dispute the fact that the Rangers have been out coached in this series?
While the odds are against it, I have to believe there's a good chance Torts loses his job. Sather just doesn't have many other options to improve the team and change the dynamic. Beyond Del Zotto and Zucs, it's hard to imagine anyone on the roster getting traded in the off season.
And Glen saw the same series as the rest of us, heard Torts call out his players publicly, and watched the PP become a league-wide joke, and watched him fail to match lines against the 4th line in the 3rd.
We all know Torts has got to go. I think there's at least a 40% chance Glen wakes up to it.
I like Dan Girardi. Always have. Always will. We all do. When he was an absolute monster last season, the Rangers nearly won the President's Cup. He is a key ingredient to the Rangers playing at their best. And it pains me to say it, but I think a big reason the Rangers are not the team they were is because Girardi just hasn't played half as well as he did last season. He just wasn't as reliable, or as visible, or as strong defensively. (I believe he was last on the team in plus minus). It was subtle, but the work of defenseman always is. And today, I think we saw that weakness really come out. We need you back Danny!
1 year, 3 months ago on Bruins 5, Rangers 2
If Torts won a series by totally reversing course on his standard coaching style, then do you credit him with the win, or hold him even more accountable the next time he plays 2.5 lines and loses?
1 year, 3 months ago on You Still Want Torts Fired?
The recurring theme of my posts is "Fire Torts." But tonight, I'm here to say he coached a great game. He could see that the depth guys were bringing the energy, and kept the out there in key situations. It paid off. I hope he learns from success.
1 year, 3 months ago on Rangers 4, Capitals 3
@TheRealNaks Well i f your point is that may be over the top to blame an entire game on one bad play and the coaching decision that may or may not have affected it, that's fair. But my point was a bigger one - perhaps better said by Craig Atherton in another comment - Torts only trusts half his roster, and that rears its ugly head in many ways. Leaving a gassed McD on ice in an OT is one of many examples of what happens when a coach shows no confidence in half his bench. It's not a way to win.
1 year, 3 months ago on Why Was McDonagh's Fateful Final Shift 3 Minutes & 4 Seconds Long?
Torts should get fired. It's not just that he made a bad, unorthodox coaching decision that lost them the game. It's that he doesn't show trust in his players. What kind of message does it send to the other 4 D-men when he simply won't let them play against Ovie? What kind of confidence does that instill?. He pulls this in all facets of his coaching and low and behold, the Rangers as a team lack confidence and swagger. It's obvious what's going on here. Will it take a sweep for Sather to see it?
Einstein's definition of insanity is trying the same thing and expecting different results. 5 forwards on the 5-on-3 just hasn't worked all season. Nor has Girardi on the point at 5-on-4. Love him or hate him, MDZ is a natural point man on the PP. Let him do what he does best, unless someone proves they can do it better. No one has. Torts has got to wake up to that.
1 year, 3 months ago on Missed Opportunities
There is a very good explanation for why Hagelin and Stralman are not on the PP and Pyatt and Girardi are... It's because John Torterella is not a very good hockey coach.
1 year, 3 months ago on New Power Play Units
Why on earth is Torts using Girardi on 1st power play unit? It's obviously not working, and with Danny getting 30 min a game it's only putting more wear and tear on our defensive rock. McDonough, Stralman and Moore are all better suited for those minutes. Conserve No. 5 for the situations where he really excels (basically every other game situation)
1 year, 3 months ago on Rangers 4, Hurricanes 3, SO
Putting Gilroy in to play 4 minutes at forward may be inconsequential, but it shows just how disfunctional Torts' leadership is. They know Asham is going to be out, and they can't call up Newbury or any of the six guys in Hartford who had cups of coffee this year? Instead they have a rusty Gilroy playing out of position in a must-win game. You just don't see this with other clubs.
1 year, 3 months ago on Rangers @ Hurricanes (Game 47)
Not giving Hank any rest will come back to to bite them in the playoffs. If they can't win without him in the reg season, they're not going to win 16 playoff games. It's absurd to think the Rangers can't beat Florida with Biron in net. If anything, having Biron in net will keep them focused and putting forth max effort. This is more Torts impatience and immature coaching.
1 year, 4 months ago on Lundqvist Starts Again; Cally Maintenance Day; Sather & Boyle In Florida
Going to the playoffs with Hank out of gas is a very real concern. We've seen it happen before and it's one reason that Hank has never been at his absolute top best in the post season. We have to be able to win with Marty Biron in the regular season to win in the playoffs. Torts needs to remind himself that the goal isn't just to win the next game. It's to win 16 playoff games. Resting Hank is critical. Not a luxury.
1 year, 4 months ago on McIlrath Fights Again
I like Gilroy and was generally happy with his play, but Emminger is the much more legit NHLer, and you want a 6th guy to be more steady on defense anyway. He's been solid in long stretches for the Rangers over last couple seasons, and was playing great before he got hurt last year. I think he clearly deserves to be the 6th guy.
1 year, 5 months ago on McDonagh to Return Tonight, Nash a Game-Time Decision
Newbury, Segal, Thomas, Ferrierro.... pick a prospect and go with him! What can possibly be accomplished by bringing these guys up and down for 5 minutes of ice time? Destroys any hope of building confidence or continuity. Another example of Torts/Sather's impatient, immature management style.
1 year, 5 months ago on Thomas Assigned to Whale
The timing has actually never been better for Zuccs to make his mark as a Ranger. The last two seasons the roster was just loaded up with depth. That's not the case anymore, as the team has precisely zero reserve forwards now, and injuries are inevitable. Do the math. In the last year the Rangers have let go Feds, Avery, Mitchell, Dubie, Anisimov, EC (thank god), Prust and Zuccs - eight total forwards. Replaced only by five - Nash, Pyatt, Halpern and Asham and Kreider. Another factor to consider is that Jeff Helpern's is on his last legs of a fine career, and it all points to the Rangers needing to sign SOMEONE. My first choice would be Dominic Moore, but Zuccs would be a good option too.
1 year, 7 months ago on Zuccarello: It's Rangers or No One
I think what it came down to is that the Rangers couldn't possibly do better for the $, and Emmy clearly didn't have a single other bona fide NHL offer. Torts knows Emmy can play - he played fine til he got hurt. Where else are you going to get a guy who can play reliable D for $750k. The Rangers were the only team who knew him well enough to know he's well worth the pricetag, and they happened to need a 7th defenseman.
1 year, 11 months ago on Rangers Agree to Terms With Eminger | September