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...amazing to hear every one of these guys discuss the different atmosphere around the team. It must have been an absolute nightmare last season. Which is unbelievable considering the Rangers made it to the Eastern Conference Finals the season before. I know Torts had his bad moments ("Hagelin stinks"), but it's almost unfathomable how quickly it all fell apart.
...hopefully this breath of fresh air that is AV will get this organization back on the right path.
If someone had told me in '94 that I would one day see Ken Daneyko doing Rangers season previews, I would have laughed in their face.
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it's funny to see how happy these guys are now and hiw deflated the nucks seem to be already! its a shame because torts is a great motivator, but I think he motivates the players to do counterproductive things.
And you could see the tension very early on last season and I amongst others knew. We say we lack team toughness, and to an extent we do but when the locker room's a mess you don't put out every night and don't stick up for one another as you should, especially if you worried that your coach will bench you for taking a penalty if he's in a bad mood . WTF? How could a pro coach allow this to happen?? Well whatever Torts did bring this team back to respectability and was the man for the job during his tenure but it had to change. Lets see how this new atmosphere snd these good vibes translate to on ice performance this year.
interesting to hear the latest "official" version ... they're more outspoken in their opposition to Torts' shot-blocking system now ... "you're not going to shot-block your way to a championship" etc .....
@JamesU Once I witnessed Brian Trottier coaching the Rangers nothing surprises me anymore.
Shot blocking is good in the right circumstances if not overdone but with the best goalie and the increased risk of injuries, deflections and screens a better strategy would be to block up high at the point but try to clear the crease and let Hank have a good look instead. I like the thinking going into this year.
the point was that it is now legit to openly criticize Torts' system. it's striking to see the reporting staff outspoken like that.
Yeah, man. Crazy right?
That's why I like hearing what the fans are saying and exchanging opinions here. Little truth in the press.