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03-31-2013, 11:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Ailurophile View Post
Agree with this completely. There are signs. It may not be as dramatic as Avery makes it out to be, but it is relatively clear this year's locker room is nothing like last year's. So what's causing it?
I think Tortorella's mind games work great when he has something easy to use. Last season, the Rangers faced a ton of external adversity in the first 3 months of the season. First, their trip to Europe. Second, their being on the road until the end of October. Third, the build up to the Winter Classic including 24/7. Fourth, missing their best defenseman, who was an all-star the previous year, from the very beginning of the season. Tortorella was successfully able to take all of that and give his team some extra urgency to keep the focus internal. I don't think it's a coincidence that the team's slide into .500 hockey came soon after all of that stuff was over. Nothing has happened to give Tortorella that catalyst this season and bind the team closer to each other.

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