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10-07-2010, 03:32 PM
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I read Wolf's post, and it was very well thought out, but I think there's something wrong with waiting 2 and a quater seasons before we can safely evaluate his system.
Well you've got several players (Cally, Dubinsky, Drury, Girardi, Staal, Avery) playing a different system/style under Renney for 2-3 years.... I don't really think one training camp and season is enough for the players to shed their old thought process and way of approaching the game and doing things out on the ice... During the MSG Hockey Night episode that aired at the end of August you saw an interview with Tortorella talking about Staal and how early on in the season he was having a difficult time gaging how the coach's wanted him to play. It was a bit of a forced approach by Staal and led to some inconsistent play. He went on to say that later in the season Staal revealed that he finally became comfortable with what they were expecting of him and more importantly, trusting his instincts offensively (as to when to rush the puck, pinch, and join the play).... I'm not ruling out similar results with other players on the roster eventually "getting it" with regards to how the coaching staff is asking them to approach the game. Last year's training camp was these players hearing Tortorella's instructions/system for the first time, and trying to replicate it out on the ice (at the risk of getting reamed on the bench and in practice for not doing so)... I think this year going into camp our players know what to expect and what the expectations are of them, so there's not as much pressure to conform to a system they are/were unfamiliar with (like last year)...It will feel more natural, less forced, and there won't be as much pressure to quickly "get it" or adapt...
And again, to reiterate, I'm not saying this will be successful or work for us, but just that I feel one season of implementing a particular style of play with a sub-par roster was/is not enough time to see if there will be any positive results or if it will "stick"
For me the jury is still out on Tortorella... Inconsistency is my biggest gripe with the Rangers post lock-out... If we field a more consistent team this season I will be okay with the direction in which we're headed...
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