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02-23-2013, 10:47 PM
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You dont need to be a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.
You dont need to be a coach to know this system doesnt work with these players.
I actually think most of us here would like to see if
really understand it yourself. So go ahead and explain Tortorella's system better than he would.
This teams issues are deeper than just whining over Gaborik.
Its a wing lock system in the neutral zone. The Rangers bait the opposition to the strong side and attempt to force the opposition to turn over the puck.
This happens by getting the puck deep, F1 applies pressure to one side of the net, opposition moves puck up opposite wall, F2 applies pressure, F3 steps up to intercept.
If they fail to create a turnover, they attempt to force the opposition to dump it.
This is a set play that they've been running since at least last year.
In the defensive zone Rangers will box out the middle. They'll allow the opposition the outside. They'll even allow the opposition down low at times. They'll gladly take the low percentage outside shots as long as they aren't giving up high percentage shots in the middle.
Once possession is regained, and here's where I complain about the lack of a real puck skating/puck moving, mobile defenseman, they'll stretch the opposition out by sending a sometimes risky long pass that they'll intentionally tip at the red line, getting the puck deep. This forces opposition defense to turn around and race Rangers fore checkers who already have forward momentum, to the puck.
Its one option if the other forwards are covered.
The Rangers are a reactionary team for the most part. They work on capitalizing on opposition mistakes.
The possession aspect is winning battles on the boards, winning races to pucks.
A lot of the dump ins are reactionary plays, if there are no options available and gaining the zone with the puck is too risky, getting it deep is ALWAYS the correct decision. 100% of the time. If nothing else it forces the opposition to gain 200 feet of ice. And at that time the wing lock play is already in effect. Forcing the opposition to patches of ice that benefit you.
Its a chess match.
Tortorella doesn't stifle creativity, when players have the ability to create. Be it both the motor skills and the opportunity if the play dictates it.
Nash can create his own space. He has that ability. Gaborik does NOT. Gaborik relies on his teammates to create space for HIM. Which is fine, if he could at least do them the favor of engaging when they need support and when there is no one else close enough to apply pressure. Can't do that if you're not skating or giving effort!
There is far more involved in it. This is scratching the surface. Not touching on face offs, and recognizing each player's assignments in each zone in each situation (puck possession, on the defensive, 5v5, 4v4, PK).
So again...what else? You're so adamant that the systems are at fault, explain.
The Rangers do not have the personnel to forego assignments and responsibility as a whole.
Veteran players should understand and embrace what is expected of them.
Rookies who are adjusting to the speed of the game, learning how to read the plays at that speed, should be allotted more leeway. Mistakes will happen and they need to learn how to correct them.
Veterans being paid 7+ million to be leaders and performers do NOT get the same leeway.
Gaborik wants to score he needs to put the effort into all three zones and skate to get to pucks. He isn't doing any of the above at all consistently and that's why he's "playing poorly". Zero effort.
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