Should the Rangers target Filatov?
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12-27-2009, 04:57 PM
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I'm not suggesting Torts can't coach non North Americans. Gaborik, Prospal, and Anisimov play more of a North American style game than Eastern Euro/Russian game. They play a north-south game, close to Torts' style.
The elite russian type players this board seems so interested in acquiring like Kovalchuk, Filatov, etc. are not players that typically fit in to Tortarella's grand scheme of things. That's all I'm saying.
There are a lot more Russian/Eastern Europe players that fit the Zherdev mold (sometimes play "lazy", don't exactly play a solid defensive game, aren't great forecheckers...pretty much just danglers/snipers without much else to their game) than there are guys like Gaborik, Anisimov, etc.
Fedotenko is a Ukrainian who has a reputation for floating and being lazy, but he had his best years under Torts. And he was amazing in Tampa Bay's cup run, scoring 12 goals.
I'm not sure where this "Torts can't coach most Russian/Eastern European players" thing came from... because Zherdev had no points in the playoffs last year?!
If you look at Zherdev's point production, he had 13 points in 21 games under Torts. In his previous 21 games under Renney prior to Torts' hiring, he had 10 points in 21 games. Seems like Zherdev had a hot first half but slowed down a bit in the second half, and that the coaching change didn't really affect him as much as people think.
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