: Larry Brooks:
Torts' Rangers revert to Renney style?
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12-23-2009, 09:18 AM
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Too much is being made out of this.
Torts doesnt have the depth in players he needs to completely execute his system. So hes doing a very smart thing, and thats adjusting. He got into trouble in Tampa when he was too stuborn to adjust and it ultimately costed him his job.
Read Dubinksy's quote and thats all you'll have to see to understand this isn't Renneys system we are seeing. Renney played not to lose hockey. The Rangers (while it may not seem like it at times) play to win, or at least try to.
There are a lot of young players on this team, especially on defense so that means the forwards have to come back to support a little more, especially in the neutral zone so the forecheck is compromised to some extent. But its still 2 men on the puck. There is also less pinching from the D and rotating from forwards because some players are having trouble with that.
I think the biggest reason, and this stands paramount - is that they simply arent burying goals. If the goals start going in, they can stretch it out a little. The chances are there but for time being they are going to have to focus on what Torts says "is being on the right side of the puck"
Tortorella is starting to understand what kind of team he has and hes tweaking certain areas of the game to help his team win. He's not throwing up his arms and reverting to a 1-2-2 here.
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