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01-27-2012, 04:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Tawnos View Post
If anything, you're simultaneously overestimating the effect of coaching and underestimating the abilities of our coaching staff. Once again, does anyone really think their remedies are anything that the coaching staff isn't already preaching? Movement? Shots? Decisiveness? You guys floor me with your sharp analysis! If you really think Tortorella doesn't see those issues, you vastly underestimate him as a coach. Conversely, I'm the first one to mention the profound effect a good coach can have on a team, but it only goes so far. The players still have to execute on the ice. The whole thing is psychological and any work Tortorella has been doing ends as soon as each player steps out on the ice with the man-advantage.

During the game, it's the coach's responsibility to have given the players the system they need to succeed. It's the player's collective responsibility to execute that system. Given their ability to execute Tortorella's game plan in every other situation, I would say that the coaching is not the issue here. There's just no way Tortorella hasn't given them a game plan to execute on the ice. If you think that's the case, you really don't understand our coach at all.
Ask any coach. If the team is not performing successfully, they will openly admit it is their own fault. However, I agree with you that it is not Torts' fault for the lack of power play; that honor belongs to Mike Sullivan. It is Sullivan's job to improve all of the horrible aspects of the power play (skating, one-timers, etc). That's why he gets paid the big bucks as assistant.

The fact that we, at times, have 4 stationary players during a power play is simply unacceptable. Moving players around the ice opens up lanes. You don't need to be a genius to understand that. I've been saying it all year, with a little room Anisimov is a sniper. Get him the puck on the power play and his stats will come.

I'm not trying to trivialize the issues the Rangers have on the power play. I just think this team needs a little more guidance to get them where they need to be.

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