Tortorella's successes so far
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08-13-2010, 03:57 PM
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Elmira NY
As I said way back almost at the beginning of this I'm not a fan of Tortorella's. When he replaced Renney though his analysis that the team didn't have enough gas was spot on. There was only one reason the Rangers took the Caps to 7 games and that was Henrik. He stood on his head the entire series. That team was not going anywhere either with Renney or with Tortorella.
It seems to me though that the two coaches had two entirely different approaches. The Renney/Jagr teams had a lot more latitude about them. I came to really admire Jagr in some respects. Very open and funny with the media. The team usually was relaxed and were more often than not fun to watch especially after a stretch of 7 straight playoff less seasons. Renney gave them respect and some freedom and they responded very well to that. There's no way in any case you go into a locker room with Shanahan and Jagr and treat them like children.
Those guys are gone and Tortorella is a lot more controlling and this may be part of the problem with Avery--who is a player he didn't care for even before he became the Rangers coach and who thrived on the Renney/Jagr teams. Drury is not like Shanahan or Jagr. A lot quieter and a lot more reserved and he's not going to the HOF either except maybe as a paying customer.
One of Tortorella's main critiques of Renney was that his players weren't in good enough shape. That was what all the hullabaloo over boot camp training camp was last year. I didn't spot a big improvement. 'The safe is death' remark he likes to quote is not tailor made for the player personnel the team has--meaning he as coach has got to adjust to weaknesses. The Rangers got off to a big start but when other teams start to figure you out you've got to adjust. I didn't see much of that either and the team took a nosedive. I didn't like his breakup day speechifying either. He pointed his finger in a lot of directions. He didn't look in the mirror. In game line matchings, the odd tantrums directed at players, sometimes even for bad calls made against them, the constant switching of linemates, the needless acrimony at press conferences--to be honest I wouldn't mind having Renney back or even someone else. What it comes down to though is that to keep his job he's going to need to get this team back into the playoffs. It could happen. It might not.
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