"You don't feel full of confidence," Eminger said of returning to the lineup. "You get it going with it as you play."
...for as good as Torts was earlier this year, he has really bungled the fifth and sixth defensive spots recently. I understand that Del Zotto, Gilroy and Eminger have all been struggling lately, but the way he's been dealing with it leaves a lot to be desired.
...Del Zotto's head is probably spinning from the lack of a consistant message he's hearing on his role and now Eminger, who was a pleasant surprise this season, admits that he is losing confidence.
...i would love to know what happened in Torts' mind to switch philosophy on Del Zotto. I had no problem with the Rangers sending him down to the Whale to work on his game and was fine with the Rangers recalling him due to Girardi's injury. But the entire time he was back up Torts was telling anyone who would listen that Del Zotto wasn't ready and it wasn't ideal that they needed to recall him. Then all of a sudden after the All Star break Torts had a change of heart and now Del Zotto is being developed at the NHL level with Eminger relegated to the press box. Which isn't working for either one of them and the Rangers are struggling because of it.
What I'm trying to say about MDZ is that confidence/head spinning comes from how well you do your job on the ice. Anyone here thinks he's being doing that great? How many errant passes has he through through both neutral zone. Or even barely getting PP time because he just doesn't have it.
I think MDZ can handle it. After a game you size yourself up and know how you performed. It's his second year. Just because he's supposed to be a "stud" and Pierre Mcguire worships the ground he walks on, doesn't mean he can't be sent to the Whale as the coach sees fit.
If the Rangers miss the playoffs this year does Torts find himself on the hot seat? Remember when there was talk of him being coach of the year? Yea, me neither.
@_Jack I don't know Jack, he looked pretty shell shocked after that gaffe in the Atlanta game.
agreed, hopefully the team makes the playoffs. Would really hate to see Lemaire win it, but you cant argue with what theyve done since he took over.
@CubanC Tough crowd.
Wow, a little slump and now he's on the hot seat? I still think its him or Crawford for coach of the year, unless the devils keep this up and make the postseason.