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That was one hell of a hard-working win. Cannot believe this back-to-back. Looking like this team might prove me wrong and pull together, and I will be thrilled to be wrong.
4 months ago on Rangers 4, Blue Jackets 2
Not for nothing, but... this was one game. Was great to see them win against the Isles, and I do think they looked decent the last 2 games, but that hasn't sold me on AV, and I'm not going to change my opinion because they pulled off a win. Ask me again at mid-season when their record might actually mean something.
4 months, 1 week ago on Maybe Vigneault Is What The Rangers Need
Also, I officially hate AV and want Torts back. I feel like it was sort of unavoidable that Torts was going to go, if the players really were that sick of him, but his system WORKED. This hands-off, uninvolved, silent attitude AV is pushing is just not.
4 months, 1 week ago on Canadiens 2, Rangers 0
I disagree in some ways - I thought they looked a LOT better tonight than they have in awhile, they were throwing tons of traffic at the net and playing actively, and some of our guys (especially Kreider) got some RALLY good looks at the net, but Budaj was really on his game. They did look sloppy though, like they were spending too much time scrambling/flailing around. I think that may have been somewhat inevitable though - montreal plays like one of those obnoxious swarms of gnats you sometimes walk into in the summer, flying around your head and biting your ears.And I disagree on the allowed goal from Galchenyuk - it sure looked like a distinct kicking motion to me. If they disallowed Miller's goal a couple nights ago, they should have disallowed Galchenyuk's. But I guess that's why these arguments happen, people interpret what they see differently.Someone needs a talking to after that egregious miscall on Kreider. Was absolutely dumbfounded that he got that interference call. I guess if two guys take themselves out even near one of our players, we're going to get called.Look, they weren't great last night, but I think that score would have been different if we weren't killing off BS penalties - took the life right out of the game. Of course, they also dumped themselves in the penalty box several times and deserved it, so that didn't help either.
Last night they looked much more like a real team, as opposed to a bunch of guys who just happen to be playing mediocre hockey at the same time. Was god to see they've got it in them, but they have to be consistent, so I'm withholding judgement until we see if they keep it up for more than one game.
That OT win was pretty damn exciting though - nearly jumped off the couch.
4 months, 1 week ago on Rangers 3, Red Wings 2 (OT)
@nyrfan747 Absolutely agree. I dunno if I was watching something different than everyone else but I fail to see how that was legitimately boarding, and I also fail to see how he deserved the 10-minute misconduct. Pouliot actually tried to help the guy and see if he was ok!
Thought the reffing overall was terrible last night. We didn't look good, but the Flyers got some help from the officials. Spent most of the game screaming at the tv.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Flyers 2, Rangers 1
And also I absolutely think we're beyond blaming the coach for everything - I want to see the players start taking some responsibility for things - but, that doesn't mean I have to like AV's approach.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on H. Sedin: Torts Interaction Is How You Want It To Be
This is one thing I've definitely noticed about AV that I'm not a fan of - very minimal player interaction during games. Torts was always talking with the players, giving feedback, whether criticism or encouragement, but AV just seems to stand back and lean on the wall and let things happen. Not everyone has the same management style, obviously, but I just don't feel like this hands-off approach he seems to be using is the right one for our team.
What. The. Eff. How much of this season are we going to have to go without Cally?
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Callahan Out 3-4 Weeks With Broken Thumb
I'm so depressed about Biron... I hope he gets a chance with another team and doesn't wind up abandoning the game. He's a good guy and this seems so harsh.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Biron, Asham Clear Waivers
And yeah, I don't know why Dorsett wasn't on that list. He'd better at least be benched for the next game or I will officially be questioning AV's decision making. Am trying to give him the benefit of a doubt, but this is all baffling to me.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Biron & Asham Placed on Waivers
Ok, I'm calling BS on waiving Biron. He's a great backup and a positive influence on the bench, and if they're kicking him out because he had a couple of bad games to start (when Hank didn't fare any better) that's garbage.
They actually look completely different than I expected - will be very curious to see them when the Rangers come home next week.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on MSG Bridges Ready for Use
Ok, so, I didn't watch the game - Just can't be staying up till all hours of the night when I have to get up at 5am for work - but this is exactly the sort of thing I was afraid of when they kicked Torts out, and it feels like the inevitable result of all the moves they've made over the last couple of years. I feel like everything I loved so much about this team 2 years ago has been destroyed and it depresses me more than I can express.I know its SUPER early int he season and, in all fairness, the team has a lot to adjust to this year. But, I made the same excuses for them last season, and unlike last season they got a full training camp and preseason this year. So, I don't really buy it this time around.I'm not going to be one of those "the end is nigh" fans because they've lost some early games, but I can't say I've got a great feeling about this season, either. I'm just hoping they get their act together and start turning their game around by the time they're back in our time zone.
5 months ago on Nash Knocked Out, No Response from Rangers
@JustinRP37 Yes. Yes. A thousand times, yes.
I just realized I totally typoed, that should say "senator's" not "Senators" - obviously the team didn't make that suggestion! haha.
7 months, 1 week ago on "No Olympics for Team USA" Open Thread - 8/2/13
I wasn't impressed by the Senators suggestion to boycott the Olympics over Snowden; however, with the recent laws Putin's put in place regarding homosexuals, I'm actually beginning to think its a good idea, mostly because any of our athletes or their friends, families, or other Americans going to watch the games would actually be in REAL danger if they identify as gay.I have these images in my head of massive roundups of gay athletes and tourists during the games, and I want to believe that'd never actually happen, but I'm not so sure anymore. its a chilling thought.
@johnnyb3910 This x 1000. What I loved the most about the Rangers organization for the last couple of years was the attitude shift, where they seemed really dedicated to growing the club from the ground up and making long-term investments in young, talented players rather than continually making that mad, throw-money-at-the-problem-and-throw-people-under-the-bus dash to the Cup every season. Sather's "every season without a Cup is a failure" presser scares the crap out of me.
9 months, 1 week ago on How I Want to Remember Torts
Thank you for this, Kevin. I'm genuinely sad to see him go and I'm saddened by all the vitriol being thrown his way. He had his faults (several of them glaringly obvious) but I truly believe he was good for this team and, as you say, he really cared about their success.
Sometimes things just don't work out, and in this case I think everyone is a little at fault. Its not fair to blame Torts for every single one of the Rangers' failings as so many people seem happy to do - most of the players aren't exactly coming out of this season smelling like roses, either.
I hope he lands someplace good and finds success wherever that is, and I hope Sather find someone who can right the ship at home now that he's gone.
I just... I don't even know what to say. I honestly didn't believe this would happen. I understand the reasons, I guess, but I like Torts. Am genuinely sad to see him go this way.
9 months, 1 week ago on Torts Fired?!?!?!?!