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03-15-2013, 04:29 PM
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Originally Posted by silverfish View Post
Few things. Gabs is a 40 goal scorer on the right-wing. Not on the left-wing. Get him out of there, he's clearly uncomfortable.

The power play I'm going to give a bit of a pass to right now. It's been coming along somewhat, and we've had two opportunities in the past two games, one of which was 6 seconds long. But the problem is between the lines there, in the sense that the Rangers aren't drawing penalties either. Not enough offensive zone time. Not enough "beneath the hash marks" time. Torts's bread and butter system clearly not working recently.

Not going to argue that Kreider appeared not ready. It would have been nice if he had the same leniency and patience that is being shown to JT, who is also clearly not ready. JT stays in the lineup though because his defense is pretty solid for a 20 year old rookie. His offense is a black hole though, and he's had an opportunity to play with guys Kreider didn't have the chance to. When Kreider was playing with Miller and Callahan on the Rangers first win streak of the season, he looked comfortable. In that four game stretch he had a goal and an assist and was +4. Then Torts jumbled the lines, and all was lost.

Now, I'm of the opinion that in a shortened season it's not really the time to be developing young talent, there's no town for that. So sending Kreider down to get a "full season" in the AHL and top 6 minutes is fine by me. I just don't like that JT is being given chance after chance when he has proven nothing but good defensive positioning. This is causing the Rangers to run two fourth lines instead of a third and fourth line, but Torts loves it because jamjamjamjamjam.

Tortorella came into this organization preaching accountability for everyone. What he has shown is selective accountability. I don't know how anyone can argue against that.
One of Miller or Kreider basically needed to stay up. Theres just not enough bodies around right now.

Miller showed fearlessness in his play despite the mistakes. Kreider looked afraid.

Theres nothing selective about it. In having to keep one up, I think a heavy majority of coaches would've chosen Miller.

As for Gaborik, who does he deserve to unseat on the RW out of Nash and Callahan???....***crickets***

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