Rangers fan for life thanks to my Dad!
Typical for the Rangers, offense is still struggling to score goals. But what I have noticed is the defense going deep often and then getting caught or looking to break out and losing the puck. I would imagine that it takes experience to know when to join the play and when to hang back or making the right clearing pass. Changing from a defensive system to offensive must be confusing at first. It will take some time for the players to get familiar with each others positioning And remember, they are playing West Coast teams. It's almost like playing in Europe, with players always in motion and the quick transitioning. Our guys are still attempting point shots through traffic? There needs to be more movement, puck possession, well almost everything.. Does that explain the turnovers? I'm not sure. But when they feel more comfortable it should improve.
Everyone take a deep breath!
Oh yea, at least their not 0-6!
One more thing, Lundqvist has a gold medal, you think he faked that?
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Ducks 6, Rangers 0
I said it before, this team lacks a hungry, fire in the belly, win at all costs type of player. No grit, no nastiness, no snarl! Long season....
2 months, 1 week ago on Canucks 5, Rangers 0
Wow, the 2nd PRESEASON game and you guys are climbing over each other to damn this team to last year's fate! Everybody take a deep breath...
We all know the Rangers have a long way to go but we have to give it a little time. Change of system, of emphasis from defense to offense. And from crazy coach to not crazy coach, it won't happen overnight. But without Tortorella's "I'm patient but I am not really patient" Dog House, these guys are going to be able take some chances and build their confidence.
Stop worrying and be excited! Just 16 days to go!
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Rangers to Use Power Play To Push Back Against Opponent's Physicality?
i am more worried about their general lack of toughness than I am about needing an enforcer. We love our "nice guy" Rangers but there is a serious deficiency in the nasty category ie Boston's Milan Lucic or the Ducks Corey Perry. Guys who play like their pissed off and don't care who they take it out on. Nobody ruthless on this club.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Vigneault: Enforcers Need to Know How to Play
Again...I love him!
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Vigneault: If You Want to Score Goals You've Got To Go To The Net
I think I'm in love!
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Vigneault Wants to Play a Fast Paced Game
A little slower at times, but better than missing my NY Ranger blog fix every day!. I still can't believe I fell for your April Fools joke! You have created a family of Ranger fans here at the blog...thanks for keeping this thing going. One other point, I think Richards is going to bounce back big this year and Kreider is going to be a beast! LETS GO RANGERS
3 months ago on Why Ads Are Important to TheNYRBlog
Of course Avery is bitter. He ran into the unmovable object that was John Tortorella. Avery was attempting to market himself as a 'bad boy" and fan favorite. But Torts can only see his players in a one dimensional way and would not buy into his shtick. Unfortunately for Rangers fans, his play incorporated snarl and grit and like him or not, heart. The loss of Avery, Dubinsky and Prust left a huge hole in the nasty, kick your ass department. Clearly viewed throughout the Boston series. And the way he mishandled Kreider?
A new Rangers coach has to find the middle between 'players coach' and well...Torts. This is New York, the players should always be treated like pro athletes but they need to understand the responsibilities that playing here entails. Not every player has the same skill set, and of course their strengths vary. Torts felt every player should be mucking the puck out of the corner rather than the guys with hands go to the net and the guys who are going to win the battles getting them the puck. And shouldn't there be the ability to adjust to the opposition's strengths? Torts could not modify the system, it was what it was. Remember, except for game two, the Boston games were all close. But with out assessment and adjustment, nothing changes.
I hate Craig Carton, but I agree with him when he said the Rangers are a bunch of nice guys with a bad coach. Yes, the press asks annoying questions, but that is there job. Whether it is the guy telling us to take off our shoes at the airport or the cop pulling you over for talking on a cell phone, everyone has a job to do and should be treated with respect. He had no right to speak to those people as he did. He was a daily embarrassment to a very proud organization.
What will the next coach bring, that is up to Sather....
6 months, 1 week ago on Sean Avery 'Happy' To See Torts Go
I was in high school (on Long Island) for three of the four Islander cups. The Islander fans made my life miserable! I am excited for Saturday night. I just wonder which Rangers team will come to play that night?!
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Islander Hate, Part I
MZA has been fun to watch every since he returned. He has not provided the scoring that this team needs yet, but you notice him every shift. He sees the ice well, goes to the net and can strip the puck from opposing players. He looks completly comfortable out there. Compare him to Richards, who I barely noticed him on the ice throughout the contest except in the last minute of the OT when he was out of position and just looked lost.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Rangers 3, Maple Leafs 2, SO
That was cruel...like I'm not depressed enough!
8 months, 1 week ago on I'm Sorry I Hope You Can Forgive Me
I feel dumb....
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Maybe This Is How Good the Rangers Really Are
Has anyone considered that maybe these guys just don't want to play for Torts anymore? We can't blame fatigue. With the shortened season each game means more. Yet, we are just not seeing it from the team. Mc Donough and Girardi were animals last year. Cally works hard and has scored some big goals and Hagelin is putting in the effort, but the lack of consistency is abysmal. We see glimmers here and there, but the energy level is erratic. Maybe the loss of Dubie and Prust is more than anyone anticipated. Dubinsky's goal scoring had diminished but night after night he was willing to stand up for his team mates. And the Prust/Boyle/DelZotto handshake after a win displayed how much fun they were having together. Of course this is the NHL so maybe they think if we just make it into the playoffs we can make a run...Or is it Torts?
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Video: Torts Fumes After Loss to Senators
What a week! We have to endure the atrocious play of our beloved Rangers and then be insulted with a guide to understanding the game of hockey? Perhaps when I am done scrubbing the clothes on the washboard, baking bread in the fireplace and preparing my husband's scotch and soda, I should read it! Then I might understand what all you guys on nyrangersblog.com have been discussing these past few years!
10 months, 1 week ago on Rangers' "Girls' Guide" Falls Flat
This is too funny...I love this blog!
But if the Rangers continue to lose, my family may put me on suicide watch!
10 months, 1 week ago on Presenting The Official 2013 New York Rangers Fanbase Advisory System
No one asked me. Brian Boyle over Henrik, really?
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Boyle Hotter Than Lundqvist? Now You Talkin' Crazy
Checking the NY Rangers blog has creeped into my daily routine, right after checking my email. You have kept us informed, made us laugh and created a community of Rangers fans that feels like a family. Sure people don't always agree, but the arguments maintain a certain tone. Not nasty or crude, just passionate. In this day and age, I think that's what makes it special. Congratulations Kevin. Now please do something! I need hockey!
1 year, 1 month ago on Welcome Rangers Fans!!!
mmmm...chicken wings, good idea. Thanks Kevin!
1 year, 1 month ago on Sabres 7, Rangers 4 (Faux Game 4)
Del Zotto needs to develop thicker skn if he is going to succeed in this market. Maybe he should spend some time wth Eli?!
1 year, 2 months ago on Del Zotto to Skate with Oshawa Generals; Blocks Me on Twitter
That was really funny! Thanks for keeping my spirits up. You better watch your back Kevin,, this guy is pretty good.
1 year, 2 months ago on Rangers down Flyers 3-1 (Faux Preseason Game 3)