"Our leaders have stepped up, and even our coaching staff has done a really good job of making sure we are focused," explained Stepan. "It's pretty hard to get too far ahead of ourselves with the way we go about our business in our organization and in our locker room. I'd say leadership all the way through help guys understand the importance of one game at a time. There is now a Rangers way of doing things, and we all understand that."
...i absolutely effing love that. The old Rangers way was a country club setting for aging super stars now it's work hard and give 100% or you're out. And there's one person, and one person only, who deserves credit for this and it's John Tortorella. You can hate on him all you like about constant line changes and the whole Avery debacle, but the Rangers culture shift since he's been on board has been dramatic.
Tru Dat Kev.... I gotta say.. I love him and I hate him.... there's somebody else I feell that way about ... who is that again...? oh yeah... my wife...
Still think he could've and should've worked Avery in though....
While Torts deserves some credit... I think Tom Renney deserves most of it.. It was Renney who decided the hartford team had to play the same system as the Big club, that players coul be brought up and seamlessly be put in the ice with a basic knowledge of the system the Rangers play.
Not to mention Callahan, Dubi Lundqvist, Staal, Girardi, we're all brought in under Tim Renney... Let give credit where credit is really do!!!
@Fleisch14 thats quite a stretch
@Fleisch14 Agree that Renney deserves credit for helping get Rangers out of the dark times, but I feel that Torts has stepped it up a notch and given this team a real hard working identity they didn't have under Renney. Even Laviolette mentioned during 24/7 last night that Rangers new identity started under Torts.
@KevinDeLury I'm typing on my phone... Lots of errors
As of now Torts has not done anything Renney has accomplished...
That being said, this is is playing the style of hockey that this particular coach wants them to and as of now it's working...however, ignoring Renney, who helped developed/find the talent this team has, as well as change the philosophy of developing from within should not be forgotten..