Last night was Benn Ferriero's Rangers debut and he apparently make a good impression on John Tortorella (via Blueshirts United)...
"I really liked his speed and composure, and I think he's got a little jam to him. This is the first I have ever seen him play, and I think he played 12 or 13 minutes, and he deserved to. I thought he played well."
...i felt that Ferriero brought an energy level that the other call ups (Segal and Newbury) didn't. He was tenacious on the forecheck, had a couple of big hits and looked real comfortable out there.
...i'm sure it helped that Ferriero had 92 NHL games under his belt coming in, including playoffs, but he was a pleasant surprise last night for sure. He did some of the dirty work teams need to win in the NHL.
...with Ferriero's play and the Arnott acquisition, there's probably a couple of Ranger players not feeling too confident about their spot in the line-up right now.
I was at the game last night, i could not believe how quick he was. He did not seem shy to get in those board scrums at all. The guy played 1 hell of a game
If Kreider can round his game out this line up could be hard to handle. I just hope they keep it up. This team unfortunately cannot take any breaks this season. It's gotta be all out all year. Also the early penalty's have to stop!
Great move by Sather he fits in great in our system, he's a little guy but plays big and has good speed too
Kev, what was your first thought when you looked away for a second, looked up and saw #4 and #18 in front of the Leaf's net? Mine was, oh shit who's on the blue line, next thought was %$*&$ delzotto....
So is there a slight possibility that with Tortorella trusting Ferriero (I know, it's only 1 game) and the signing of Arrott that the Rangers may actually have a 4th line that'll play more than 2 minuets a night?
@RZimm2 100%. Torts didn't even use him to take one faceoff last night.
@PsychJukebox This is the John Tortorella system. He likes defensemen going low in general. But down a goal in the third period you're DEFINITELY going to see the defense pinching more actively. Forwards need to adjust accordingly and cover. Inherent risk involved but down a goal you have to take chances. We saw last night the upside of such a tactic.
@Beckfan5 Scott Gomez.
@Beckfan5 Beautiful thing, isn't it. Major credit needs to go to management for how they have addressed one of the few problems this team has personnel-wise. Two quality, character players who fit the mold of this team's identity and it cost nothing but a bit of cap space and a AAAA type AHLer. Savvy moves.