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Kevin -- I don't understand your defense of Tortorella here. This team was clearly achieving in spite of him, not because of him. Year after year this team does not score, even strength or on the PP. And that can't be blamed on the players since there has been significant turnover since Torts arrived. Throw in the constant line changing and his acerbic personality and underachieving this year even though Torts got what he waneted (Nash in, Gaborik out, for example) and it was time to go. You give him way too much credit for last year, and way too little for this year's debacle.
What did Torts' "system" really do for Lundqvist anyway? He had to win game after game 1-0 or 2-1. That had to get tiring. I think the system hurt Hank, not vice versa.
6 months, 1 week ago on Players Are Reason For Torts Firing; Richards Healthy Scratch An Organizational Decision
Brooksie is arguing on Twitter that Torts' system is not causing individual Rangers to make terrible plays. True, but I think the system has demoralized the team. It is simply not a coincidence that this team cannot score every year, regardless of the players. Nash was supposed to solve our offensive woes. And he hasn't because he's been plugged into Torts' scoring is death philosophy. No new players or awesome trades is going to solve this problem. Torts has to go.
8 months, 4 weeks ago on Rangers @ Penguins (Game 27)
If Gaborik is a "poor fit" for this club, then it's the club and Torts that have to change, not Gaborik. This team loses because it can't score enough goals. So is that because Gaborik doesn't play physical enough? Or is it because Torts is so centered on grinding, physical play that his skill guys don't get to utilize their skill? Obviously, it's the latter. 40-goal scorers don't just grow on trees. Are we really going to run this guy out of town because he's not a third-line grinder type like Torts loves? Makes no sense at all.
I'm really starting to believe that this team wins in spite of Torts, and not because of him.
9 months ago on Thursday (3/14/13) Headlines
@JoeAntos If we traded Boyle, we're not going to get someone better back. Especially not now with Boyle riding the pine. So at best, trading Boyle gets back someone of equal or lesser talent, and someone who doesn't know Tortorella's system (for better or worse). So it makes more sense just to keep Boyle as a depth guy. The team has seen too much turnover from last year as it is.
10 months ago on Benchings "Pissing" Boyle Off
@johnnyb3910 The buddy thing was definitely odd.
10 months ago on Full Avery "Off the Record" Interview
At what point do we start asking whether Torts' system is stifling Rangers' talent because it suppresses individuality? Avery was a sparkplug, and Torts drove him out. Nash has arrived, and suddenly he doesn't score and the PP still sucks. Ever notice too how guys like JT Miller and Kreider come up and impress immediately, but the longer they get sucked into Torts' system they start to become invisible? Hagelin used to be a spark plug -- he's invisible now. I truly wonder if it is because he puts so much mental energy into playing how Torts wants him too that he forgets to do the things he's good at. Just a thought. But the Rangers' inability to score can no longer be blamed on a lack of talent. The only constant seems to be Torts. Food for thought.
Pretty good picks but I have to disagree with the fight choice. The Cloutier fight was great b/c it was a goalie fight and against the Islanders, but let's face it -- it wasn't even really a "fight." The essential fight is Domi v. Probert I, where Domi claims the belt. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBmGDZZdwiM
1 year, 3 months ago on Yahoo! Sports' Series "The Essentials" Covers the Rangers | August
Kevin - I was there for the viewing parties during the '94 finals too -- so much fun -- and I totally remember everyone running around the main walkway, high fiving people in the seats and just generally going crazy. None of the normal rules on how to behave in a sports arena applied, it was great. And if I remember correctly, it was only like 10 bucks to go. Most fun I've ever had at the Garden.
1 year, 6 months ago on Hope You're Not Looking for a Game 6 Viewing Party | May
I can't stand Greg Wyshynsky. YES WE KNOW YOU ARE A DEVILS FAN. Stop talking about it. God forbid he doesn't remind Puck Daddy readers three times a week that he's one of the seven Devils fans on Earth. Every post involving the Rangers has some backhanded compliment or some swipe taken at them. It's a shame, b/c otherwise it's a great blog. But if you are going to run an NHL blog you should at least try to be objective.
1 year, 6 months ago on Whay Can't Rangers & Devils Fans Get Along? | May
Who was that announcer? He was god-awful. I had to turn the sound off. Love the sandpaper from McIlrath. Can't wait to see him in blue.
1 year, 7 months ago on McIlrath Sticks Up For Bourque As Whale Tie Series | May
I'm really excited about Kreider. But that said, I do still want Nash and wish we had him now. Lack of scoring has continued to be our problem, and while Kreider's goal was great, I'm willing to bet that Nash would have had more impact over the course of this series than Kreider has (understandably, given that the guy is 20-def not blaming him). Add in the fact that Dubi has done zilch, and yea, count me as one who wishes we had Nash.
1 year, 7 months ago on Kreider Scores His First of Hopefully Many
What is this douche Engels smoking? The head wasn't the principle point of contact and there was no injury on the play. He's fine. Therefore under Shanahan's (albeit flawed) criteria, it's not a suspendable hit -- and certainly less suspendable than Neil's hit on Boyle. (Of course, the anti-NYR bias in the league could trump all here).
1 year, 7 months ago on Del Zotto to Be Suspended for Hit on Neil? | April
Yea, it's not good that we're busting out guarantees in game 6 of Round 1 against the 8 seed. Urgh. So disappointing.
1 year, 7 months ago on We'll Win Tonight
I've been looking for an actual copy of this newspaper forever. Anyone have any ideas on where to find one? (The Post doesn't have backprints that far back)
Can you imagine what's going through Kreider's head right now? One day, you are a college student. Nine days later you are playing on a line with Marion Gaborik and Brad Richards in an NHL playoff game, and then after the game, being asked to describe your new teammate--the best goalie on the planet. Wow. His head must be spinning. I'm rooting for him to succeed big time, not only b/c I want the Rangers to win, but b/c he seems like a good kid.
1 year, 7 months ago on Kreider Almost A Hero
I still don't believe it on Alfredsson. I predict a miraculous last-minute game-time decision that he plays. In an amazing coincidence, the Rangers also have until game-time to appeal Hagelin's suspension.
1 year, 7 months ago on Rangers @ Senators (Game 3) - Updated: Kreider In, Alfredsson Out
Ahhh. Ok, thanks. Missed that important detail. What information are they going on, I wonder?
1 year, 7 months ago on Looks Like Kreider In Tonight's Line-up! (Updated: Maybe So)
Any chance this is some counter-gamesmanship by the Rangers? Torts is usually very secretive about this stuff -- but a reporter was able to snap a photo of starting lineup at 11:30am?? Perhaps Torts is trying to signal to Ottawa that the Rangers are not planning to appeal Hagelin's suspension, in an attempt to get Ottawa to be more definitive about Alfredsson playing tonight. Then in turn, the Rangers can appeal before the puck drops, have Hagelin in the lineup tonight, and have a better chance of getting some time knocked off the suspension. Wild speculation, I know. But it's the playoffs.
I'm sorry, but if Alfredsson had actually suffered a concussion, he wouldn't not even be a game-time decision tonight. I guarantee this is gamesmanship. A concussion is difficult to diagnose and the diagnosis is somewhat subjective (i.e., easy to fake). The Senators are well aware that the Rangers can appeal Hagelin's suspension right up until game time, so why not say he's a game-time decision despite suffering a concussion? Leaves just enough doubt about the injury in case of an appeal. I guarantee Alfredsson plays.
1 year, 7 months ago on Alfredsson Skating this Morning | April
Maybe the Rangers appeal now. They have until game time.
1 year, 7 months ago on Hagelin Suspension Could Be Reduced (Updated: Maybe Not)