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02-22-2013, 10:06 AM
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I'd fire Torts for very selfish reasons. Regardless of results, which obviously haven't been very good this year, the collapsing defensive system is heart attack inducing and just plain old frustrating and not fun to watch. It has never made sense to me in light of the fact that there is an all-world player standing between the pipes. His presence should allow for more aggression and risk taking, and the Rangers do just the opposite at the risk of both the player's and the fan's health.

The PP is abysmal, and while I want to pin it on the coaching, we can't ignore the personnel contribution completely. The Rangers lack a pure shooter, have for awhile now, and that's what the PP was all about. They have lacked a true PMD since Leetch left, but that was OK during the Jagr years because he was deadly with the one-timer from just about anywhere. The mix right now is just not right.

The other thing we need to realize, and I think a lot of us already do, is that last season was a massive missed opportunity. The team was overachieving collectively, perhaps motivated by the HBO cameras, and injuries and underachieving around the rest of the league helped a lot too. The team we see today is about what we expected to see out of last year's team, so their struggles should not be such a surprise. My main goal for the remainder of this season and next would be to establish chemistry by keeping lines relatively consistent and minimizing turnover in the off-season. That's the major common theme for teams that are always good.

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