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03-28-2013, 11:15 PM
The Amity Affliction
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Originally Posted by mike14 View Post
Torts deserves blame for the inability to change stuff during a game, but I never understand why it is the coaches job to get players "ready' for a game. These guys are professionals, if they need someone else to get them 'pumped up' the really need to have a look at themselves, especially the leadership group.
No, this team is out coached and out worked on a nightly basis. It falls on the coach to have them ready and prepared for what the other team will throw at them and if the same lackluster efforts keep occurring, like they have, then the coach has been tuned out. Bye Torts.

This is a point that is really overlooked IMO. Last season almost everything went right for the Rangers, just about everyone played out of their skins. Even with that, we only just finished ahead of a Pens team missing Crosby for a large chunk of the season and struggled to put anyone away in the playoffs.

This season the depth is gone and players have come back down to earth. the compete levels shown are disappointing, but overall the Rangers are about where they should be expected to be in the standings
I didn't expect them to win the division, but there is absolutely no reason and I mean NONE WHAT SO EVER that they should be anywhere lower than the 5th seed. On talent alone, only the Bruins and Penguins are better. This team simply has shot a gigantic hole in it's foot by not showing up to games.

You're also wrong about everyone playing over their heads. Gaborik performed at his normal pace. Richards underperformed. Dubinsky and Anisimov underperformed. Callahan had a career year. Hagelin is playing about the same. Stepan is better this year than last.

The problem is not just the depth being gone, it's moreso the effort. The coach has been tuned out.

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