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Tortorella Fired Pt II: "The Search"
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05-30-2013, 01:04 PM
Join Date: Jul 2005
The Rangers need a coach that is fully committed to one type of system.
Either run a system where you heavily (but smartly) forecheck with the whole team and try and stifle the breakout, or trap the neutral zone and generate offense with a speedy counterattack.
Torts' "forecheck-with-no-D-support" system makes no sense and rarely works, especially in the playoffs.
Typical 2 minutes:
-3 Rangers forwards cycle below and on one side of the oppistion goal while the Rangers D stand outside the zone
-puck is swung (either by the opposition or by a Ranger missing the teammate behind the net) around behind the net to vacant side
-opposition winger who is near the slot easily beats Rangers cycling forwards to the puck while the D makes no attempt to pinch.
- Opposition breaks out with even or better numbers,
- Rangers D back up into the zone after not attempting to "stand up" on the blueline or in the neutral zone, (my guess is in part due to a conservative mentality and part due to little backing-checking support from forwards because they tend to be caught deep.)
- Opposition is allowed to gain the zone easily, possibly allowing an opportunity of offense off the rush
- Rangers attempt to clear/break out exclusively using the boards. The opposition blocks these attempts
-Rangers get pinned in their own zone, at best wearing out the D otherwise leading to a penalty or a goal.
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