Two straight shutouts. Offensive ineptitude on a grand scale. No sign of desperation. And with just 14 games remaining, the door is slowly starting to close.
These are your New York Rangers.
Now you can look at this two ways. The glass half-full person will say despite the recent stretch of losing, New York is still in a playoff position and can turn things around quickly by scoring a few goals and winning some hockey games. Not impossible.
The glass half-empty person, which represents the nearly the entire NYR fan base, wants John Tortorella's head on a sliver platter, held by none other than Sean Avery. The "system" which won a Stanley Cup in Tampa Bay is not the winning idea in New York and it's time to get rid of him.
Excuse the hyperbole, but once you think about it, the situation isn't that dire. Yet, this week could prove to be the make or break point for the Rangers' season.
A Monday night home contest against the Winnipeg Jets followed by a home-and-home with the conference leading Pittsburgh Penguins. The optimistic person here could say "New York likes to play up or down to the level of their competition. They could get some points here." Very true, as it usually is the case with this team. However, the Rangers are a combined 0-5 against both clubs this year, outscored 7-19 including two shutouts.
Bear in mind these numbers for the Rangers: a record of 4-12-1 against teams in a playoff position. 10 of the team's remaining 14 games are against teams in a playoff spot. The tough just got going full speed.
It's not promising. In fact, it's daunting and without an immediate turnaround that includes moving up the standings could prove to be the beginning of the end for New York's playoff chances.
Why expect different results when essentially the Rangers are going to be doing the same thing again?
They will have the same results unless a major shakeup such as a coaching change takes place.They will win a game nicely then not show up for games or be unable to finish their few good chances.Fire Torts now.and start a new direction with our core players.Then if they still don't show up-Trade or buyout as appropriate.Richards first.
Gabby is clearly a tougher decision.Have to carefully scrutinize any deal for him.First round pick has to be in ANY deal plus absolute top level prospect as well as a goal scorer roster player.Remember Gabby, despite his current problems, will continue to be an elite NHLplayer for years-possibly many years.
Get rid of Torts first-he is the problem.but it is also Sather's fault for blowing up last years bottom 6 by not signing Prust, Mitchell Fedotenko again-.If it aint broke dont fix it.
"once you think about it, the situation isn't that dire."
yet you call it "make or break point for the Rangers' season."
and "It's not promising. In fact, it's daunting"
and "could prove to be the beginning of the end for New York's playoff chances."
"Offensive ineptitude on a grand scale. No sign of desperation."
"the door is slowly starting to close."
sure sounds dire to me. the window for this team in it's current make up to win the cup is shrinking.
I would just like to point out that those people who criticize torts for changing the lines all the time have no right to demand he lose his job. It would be hypocritical to do so. If a coach makes changes to spark the team and figure out a way to win, and you wish to criticize this process, then you cant call on the organization to use the same process to spark the team to play better and win by eliminating the person using that same process. If you think his constant line changing isn't working and the cause of problems, then I would argue that changing the coach might not work as well. Either way, it's unknown. Do we try to fight through it? Or do we change things up? Toss up either way.
Ironically, Sean Avery being his normal douchey self may be just the spark that galvanizes this team!
half the fan base is right. Torts' system won pre lockout and incase people didn't notice, the game is no where near the same. He is caught between an offensive and defensive mentality and can't make up his mind as to which one works. When your leader doesn't know whats going on, you can't expect his followers to do much better. Remember people, in the PROS, everything starts at the top.
You know what two of their main problems are?
1. They "flub" a lot. They flub passes, they flub shots, they flub dump-ins, they flub clearing attempts. It just seems as if they don't concentrate on how to shoot the puck HARD, clear the puck HARD, pass the puck HARD...
And a lot of this slows down their momentum. You shoot the puck in hard and skate after it hard then there's a good chance that you are turning the other teams defensemen around and now you have them reeling.
2. Their point men are terrible at shooting the puck. No accuracy, their shots are pretty weak, they have a hard time shooting through traffic. You look at other teams, Winnipeg, Chicago and you can even throw the Islanders in there, their point men can shoot. And they aren't afraid to shoot either. There is so much indecisiveness with the Rangers defensemen.
Should I shoot? When should I shoot? Should I pass? Should I carry the puck through the neutral zone? Should I dump it?
Toughness is one thing. But if you lack skill to make up for the lack of toughness then you are in trouble. And that is why I feel that the Rangers are in trouble.
One possible bright spot for this week: Crosby out indefinitely after surgery on broken jaw.
That probably just means Iginla will explode vs. the Rangers...
Man how depressing.... The devils lose kovalchuk yet still badly outshoot the same senator team in the same rink and find a way to get a point. They score 4 the other night. Chicago today is missing sharp and hossa and they are putting an ass whooping on Detroit in Detroit on national TV. Here's salt to the wound..... Roszival is a plus 2.
@TheNYRBlog with the current media attention, what do you think would happen if Torts called him gay?
@TheNYRBlog maybe the distraction is a good thing though. Off Ice distractions have often helped the Rangers succeed
It aint torts, it's the roster...they are just not hard to play against. This is not a team that you have to really battle against or be afraid of...they need some nasty guys that give the team some attitude and make the other team's life miserable. IF you want to blame anyone blame slats for not resigning ANY of the players that did this for them last year. Huge huge oversight that should have been obvious when considering how the team chemistry would be this year. Does anybody really think Brandon Prust is not worth the contract he got right now?? A really sharp GM would have known that. I find it ironic how all of a sudden Slats is totally unaccountable and we all want to run the coach out of the town.
btw did anyone else feel like zuccarello looked like their best player last nite? At 5 7" he was one of the more physical forwards on the team...that's sorta the problem.
thank god. some entertainment to take our minds off the nightly shitfets we have to watch for 60 minutes. oh wait. nvm. these rangers know nothing about 60 minutes.
Because you, me, and everyone else knows that paccioretti would have been skrewed if avery was on the team. We havnt had a fight, big scrum, or anything resembling passion in. . . Idek how many games
@TheNYRBlog Avery is a clown but the underlining message is real
sitting here, watching the blackhawks...man its hard to believe that the Rangers play in the same league. oh they just scored again. 5-0.
@TheNYRBlog maybe exactly what they need. Could help take some pressure off from constantly being asked why their performance is lacking.
Things don't look good, but that's why I'm interested in watching these last few games. I have no expectations at this point. If they continue similarly, it'll suck, but if they manage to go on a tear, hey, awesome! Guess we'll have to wait and see.
I don't know if I'm living in denial but... I keep thinking that one game soon everything will click and the Rangers will be getting multiple scoring chances every period and scoring minimum 3 goals every game... and then I watch a game like last night and snap back to reality
@trazjaxor Im really going to give up trying to argue with people but all im going to say is if Biron doesn't let that first goal in, if Gaborik scores on that breakaway, if Miller scores instead of hitting the crossbar, it would have been a different game in Montreal. How can you blame a coach for the fact that players aren't doing what they did last year, or what they are supposed to do? It's a funk. Shit happens. Climb off the ledge people. Montreal sucked last year, this year they are killing it. Things can change quickly in this league. We went from top dogs to average. We can go back up just as easily. Reacting drastically isn't the way to go about it. Patience is a virtue for a reason. Im officially done arguing my point as I have annoyed myself. It's getting exhausting.
That right, size doesn't mean anything :D
No Prust is NOT worth $2.5mm! Not with the cap going down next year. e bring toughness and PK ability but tat's not worth the price in the cap environment. Let's face most fans wanted Feds out of here and Dubi and AA went for Nash so how is it Sathers fault? Maybe the coach needs to adapt to the tallent leve he has and change his game plan instead of playing the same dump and chase with the most skilled team he has since he'e been here.
@jasonshyerPrust is way overpaid. When you take into acct we have to resign a crop of our RFA's.
@jasonshyer really dude? How many tough scary guys do Anaheim and Chicago have? Lol you have no idea. The rangers were that tough nasty team last year and they lost to TALENT... This team has talent they just need a coach that brings it together.
@jasonshyer Totally agree on Zuc - saw him lay 2 hits in the same shift, and he was buzzing all over the ice - saw a lot of heart in that small frame.
@AnnoyingJoe haha its more like its hard to believe i am still a Rangers fan, wow we never had a team like the blackhawks in my lifetime. im to loyal to this shitty franchise, its new york city for god sakes we should be the best.
@JohnSikulaIII yeah you're living in denial.
"Maybe the coach needs to adapt to the tallent leve he has and change his game plan instead of playing the same dump and chase with the most skilled team he has since he'e been here."
give the man a prize! he hit the nail on the head.