After five years of Rangers goal scoring being akin to getting blood from a stone under John Tortorella, new head coach Alain Vigneault was supposed to open up the offense to allow players such as Rick Nash, Brad Richards and Derick Brassard to flourish. Instead, an inability to grasp the new offensive system along with injuries to key offensive players has the Rangers approaching historic ineptitude.
Through seven games, Brad Richards (4), Ryan Callahan (3) and Derek Dorsett are the only three Rangers forwards with goals this season. Just think about that for a second.
Yes, Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith has more goals than 3/4s of the Rangers forwards.
Listen, I get that Nash, Callahan and Hagelin are hurt, but I would have hoped guys like Derek Stepan, Mats Zuccarello, Derick Brassard and Beniot Pouliot would each have at least one goal by now.
I guess I shouldn't be all that surprised since Richards is the only player in the current line-up who's ever scored more than 25 goals in a season.
Vigneault could devise the greatest offensive game plan in the history of hockey, but when your roster is filled with 3rd and 4th line players it really doesn't matter.
To be honest, I don't know what the answer is. Benching underperformers? Recalling players from Hartford? All I know is that the Rangers just aren't a hard team to play against right now. These guys could skate with a carton of eggs and not break any.
Last night in Washington, the Blue Jackets were down 4-0 and Brandon Dubinsky sent a message to his teammates that their play was unacceptable...
Listen, I'm not crying about wanting Dubinsky back, but man, I'd love if even one Rangers player would show that kind of emotion and heart.
With top players out and scoring at a premium, it's officially time for the Rangers to play a tough, grind it out style. You know, the kind of hockey they played under Tortorella.
man, some of these quotes go back to the 80's. egg cartons, hard team to play against, etc. this team just continues the tradition of all the lousy rangers teams of the past. where does the blame lie? at the top, where else. it's not sather or av. it's dolan. as long as the team continues to be in the black financially dolan couldn't give a shit what else happens.
@Free Mashinter --> you say "I guess I shouldn't be all that surprised since Richards and Stepan are the only two players in the current line-up who have ever scored more than 20 goals in a season" - both Boyle and Pyatt had 20 goal seaons, but I get the point - to expect to catch lightning in a bottle twice from either of them would be asking too much.
A lot of people are forgetting that The Rangers are now a team full of players that nobody wants:
(1) Who bided against us for Richards?
(2) Same goes for Zucc?
(3) Brassard was not wanted by Columbus.....eh?
(4) Powe is not wanted?
(5) Asham goes unclaimed?
(6) Boyle was not wanted?
With our world-class goal-tending and our top 3/4 defense the Rangers must play defense first and foremost if they expect to go anywhere. Cally, Hags and Nash will help us, no doubt but most of what we have is mediocre talent with little down on the farm. Kreider has a ton of talent with problems between his ears. Miller will develop but he doesn't have the will Yet to develop into a 2nd line forward.
brassard has taken same amount of shots as girardi, stepan is doing his thing passing and for no training camp he looks ok, his points will come. Brassard is a bigger issue i feel, after all this is the main piece we got for a 40 goal scorer, thank you very much torts.
love that dude, there was a time i thought he would be captain over cally. I think if he could put a few pucks in the net he will be columbus captain soon.
This team has had just about everything go wrong that can go wrong to start the season (injuries, travel, stepan holdout, guys not stepping up). The problem is that while Vigneault is a good coach, he doesn't know this team yet like Torts did. Torts is a good coach and for whatever reason always got an unfair judgement from this fanbase (and likely his owner and gm)
Once the players figure out this system the team SHOULD be better. Unfortunately I don't think they are buying in yet.
Think it's funny loads of people hated torts system now they are starting to realise it's what worked with the talent we have and by that I mean players like Cally that are extremely talented but best in a hard working grinding blue collar system.
@sureshore Oh crap, you're right. My bad.
@_Jack Thank the Lord
@DubiLeetch your right they got rid of Gabs cause Torts didn't want him. So was does Sather do? he gets rid of Gabs for Torts than gets rid of Torts. And we wonder why the rangers are not consistent winners? Sather is! Dolan is!
@Colin Kelly Not sure if they aren't buying the system. I think it's more that they don't have the talent to execute the system. It's up to AV to adapt and find a balance that will make them successful.
I completely agree. I was always a fan of Torts. As a Ranger fan, I was (and still am) frustrated with their complete lack of offense. But...Torts took a team of 3rd and 4th line players and developed a system that brought them to the Eastern Conference Finals, and the 2nd round with a softer team than the previous year. He gets rewarded with a pink slip because Sather refuses to acknowledge the elephant in the room that HE himself is the chief architect of this modern day Titanic.
@sureshore Just updated.