: Larry Brooks:
Tortorella wants to be Rangers dictator
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03-19-2010, 12:13 PM
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Originally Posted by
All of the young player are having pretty good seasons and imo have responded well to him. Dubinsky, Callahan, Avery, Christensen, Del Zotto, Staal, etc... are all playing as good or better than they have played in previous seasons (with the exception of Del Zotto because he's a rookie). I don't think these players would have fared any better under another coach.
I don't see how you could possibly think Avery is having as good or a better year than he has had in the past. Avery has been nearly invisible for all but a handful of games this year and Torts' handling (or should that be mis-handling) of him has been a major factor.
Players like Dubi and Callahan were expected to take a step up in development and I've been dissapointed on that front. There was a substantial stretch of the season where Callahan was not playing well and I haven't seen much development in Dubi's game. I don't necessarily pin that on Torts but I can't give him
for their seasons either.
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The problem is depth and veterans not playing up to expectations and/or are over the hill (Redden, Drury and Rozsival making up the big three that are holding us back). You can blame Tortorella for not lighting a fire under the butts of these guys, but you also have to take into consideration that they're all over 30 and on the decline.
The one player I'll disagree with you on is Drury. I didn't want him here - especially on the contract he got - but here's a guy who had double-digit PP goals the two prior years and had been a big time scoring contributor for the Rangers and Torts starts the year out by telling the press, Drury's no longer a top 6 forward, so he's not going to be on the PP. Brilliant stuff, especially when he picks underachievers like Higgins and Kotalik to pick up the scoring slack.
When I look at Torts, I see a guy who has done some questionable things and he probably cost this team a few points in the standings (his lineup choices and his handling of Lundqvist are two things that were peculiar at times this season). If they fail to make the PO's, I think he has to share in the blame. I'm not about to put it all on him though and call for his head but he'd better have the team rolling at the start of next season. If not, I'd move him out the door by the 20 game mark.
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