Suffice to say that a 3-0 series deficit was not the plan. The powerplay is more miserable than it has ever been, and that is saying a lot. Brad Richards has, in one season, gone from playoff hero to playoff zero. Injuries are affecting important players. The Rangers look like a team with no confidence.
That being said, at some point we have to acknowledge that the Bruins are a good team. A really good team. A really, really good team. They have the right combination of high-end talent along with strong depth and a confident, talented goaltender. This is a team that won the Stanley Cup two seasons ago and could be on their way to another one. Jeff Gorton was GM of the Bruins for not even four full months, yet is a big reason behind the success of this Bruins team. Jeff Gorton is also the current Assistant General Manager of the New York Rangers. Ironically, the Bruins' beating up on the Rangers, though far from preferable, does in some sense give hope for the future. Let's look at Gorton's tenure with the Bruins and then analyze what it means for the Rangers.
Jeff Gorton was named interim General Manager of the Boston Bruins on March 25th, 2006, after the Bruins got rid of previous GM Mike O'Connell, who made a slew of questionable moves. Most notable was the trade of captain and franchise center Joe Thornton for an incredibly underwhelming package. And so began Jeff Gortan's short-lived but incredibly important tenure as Bruins GM.
Gorton made one very significant and bold trade. Andrew Raycroft was the 2004 Calder winner and appeared to be the team's long-term solution in goal. He struggled in the 2005-2006 season, however, and Gorton moved him to division rival Toronto. A move that surely could have backfired, Raycroft instead imploded in Toronto, lasting one season as the starter and two seasons on the team in total. He would spend the rest of his NHL career as a respectable backup goaltender but a backup goaltender nonetheless. He is now playing in Italy.
So selling Raycroft while he had value was a wise move. And what did Gorton receive in return? A goaltending prospect named Tuukka Rask. The Tuukka Rask that is arguably the best young goaltender in the world right now and the Tuukka Rask currently stonewalling the Rangers. Gorton won the trade by a wide margin.
Glen Sather's Achilees' heel has been free agency. He's made some good signings for sure. But when he misses... oh boy does he miss. Jeff Gorton had about two weeks to work the market and he did a pretty superb job. Marc Savard was above a point-per-game in each of his first three seasons. Unfortunately, concussions prematurely ended his career and prevented him from being a part of the cup-winning Bruins, but it was still a successful signing.
His other big signing was absolutely a part of bringing the Stanley Cup to Boston. Gorton gave Zdeno Chara a monster contract and gave him the responsibility of team captain. Chara has been an All-Star every season, won the Norris Trophy in 2009, and obviously was a big reason why the Bruins won the Stanley Cup.
Gorton had one draft as Bruins GM. And while scouts have a very big impact on what players are picked, the GM is still ultimately in charge of selections and the philosophy of what types of players to take. Boston had six picks in the 2006 draft and walked away with Phil Kessel, Milan Lucic, and Brad Marchand. Kessel has been an All-Star and allowed the Bruins to acquire Tyler Seguin and Dougie Hamilton, who will both be very good players for a long time. Lucic and Marchand were both key parts of the Bruins Stanley Cup winning team and continue to be important players today.
Which leads us to Jeff Gorton today. Now Assistant General Manager, he already has a pretty important role with the Rangers. However, Glen Sather isn't getting any younger and will give up General Manager duties in the near future. It's a pretty poorly kept secret that Jeff Gorton is lined up to take over the position. There are never any guarantees, but it's a safe bet that Gorton will be the next General Manager of the New York Rangers when Glen Sather steps away; probably within next few years. Current Boston GM Peter Chiarelli has absolutely played his part in making the Bruins a Cup winner and current contender. But none of that happens if not for the magic Jeff Gorton worked in only a few months as interim GM. Rask, Chara, Lucic, Seguin, Hamilton, and Marchand are all important players for the Bruins, both now and for the future. And most of these guys are hurting the Rangers right now. Gorton will have ownership of the keys very soon, and if this current Bruins team that is beating up on the Rangers is any indicator, then the organization will be in very good hands.
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Ok, so it seems that Jeff Gorton's story has morphed from a resume to a tall tale somewhere along the way here. Jeff Gorton was the assistant GM under Mike O'Connell. O'Connell was fired on March 25th 2006. Peter Chiarelli came over from the Senators, where he was their assistant GM, on May 26th 2006.
The 2006 NHL Draft was held in Vancouver, June 24-25. And that's where the Rask trade happened.
Everything that we love to credit Gorton with happened with Chiarelli in the room, and Chiarelli, the guy who built the Bruins Cup team, canned Gorton within a year of showing up in Boston. I've got no problem giving credit where it's do, but these Gorton stories are really starting to depart from reality.
IMHO, it's not the players or the GM..
it's the broken system or the "Tort Philosophy"
I need someone to explain the "dump and chase" philosophy..
and/ or "cycling the puck behind the net"
when we have the puck in the neutral zone we immediately turn it over by dumping it in...
instead of carrying over the blue line and passing to open teammate..
even on the power play, we shoot it in ( thus turning the puck over to the other team)
All we do is shoot the puck behind the net and continue to " cycle" behind the net..
back and forth , side to side,
CAN'T SCORE FROM BEHIND THE NET!!!!!!!!!!
UNLESS THE TURN THE NET AROUND
I watch a lot of hockey and ...
No other team does this!!!
If you look at this series it is a microcosm of their season.... The entire team never shows up on the same night.... Game 1, Hank didnt show up (still played well but wasnt Hank-esque), Game 2 - The defense was nowhere to be found, Game 3 - Offense did not show up. Microcosm of the season....
so... we wait two more years for this guy... who cares by then Hank will have maybe 1 or 2 years left of his prime.
@nadslibra Because we have nobody to carry the puck over the blue line. It's not as if teams are offering you that choice freely. That's the last thing they want you to do. Guys like Brian Leetch or Nik Lidstrom or Dan Boyle are very good at doing it. The Rangers don't have anyone who can do it. Thus, the only choice is to dump it in. Otherwise you're just turning it over in the neutral zone.
@gravey94 Even thinking it is grounds for banishment.
@Josh6 U forgot not protecting a 3rd period lead as part of the microcosm
@Josh6 Believe it or not, the Rangers aren't going to disband when Lundqvist retires. Hockey will continue on without him.
@Josh6 Gorton is pretty much making the decisions right now. Sather is mostly just a figure head & GM in title only. Its Gorton doing the grunt work & saying to Sather we need to do this & Sather saying OK.
@rangermom Someone throw me a lifeline. lol