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05-30-2013, 04:02 PM
Brian Boyle
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Originally Posted by stan the caddy View Post
Yes, he cares about his stats and his Vezina. That **** directly correlates to how much he gets paid, how well he's liked he is by the fanbase, and it determines his legacy. Those stats might just get him into the hall of fame one day.

It's not Torts fault that the team isn't loaded with offensive superstars. Derek Stepan isn't going to magically turn into Sidney Crosby now that Torts is gone.
Don't need to be loaded with offensive stars to win. The Rangers have one of the better defensive cores in the league, and they have the best goaltender in the league, as well. The offense is decent enough to be productive. Boston doesn't have any big offensive names. LA's top guns have similar/lower point totals to ours (aside from Carter vs. Callahan — that's the main edge. Rangers still need to add a top-6 RW to push Cally down).

I'm not saying they could have won the cup. But I do think that they would have faired better in the Boston series, and had a chance of winning that, had Tortorella not **** the bed. He was completely out-coached. He couldn't even get his team to bother setting up on the PP. Took him 3 games to put Kreider with Stepan and Nash when it's clear that his size and speed was needed against the Bruins' D. Took him way too long to scratch Richards/take him off the PP. McDonagh was finally put on the PP in game four, and it improved dramatically. These changes should have been made after game one or game two. Hell, McDonagh should have been on the PP all along. Should not have taken Tortorella until game three of the second round to figure that out.

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