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04-19-2009, 11:57 PM
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Naslund's veteran leadership huge for Rangers

Torts with some praise for Naslund, not so much for Z.

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Markus Naslund was talking about the postseason contributions of Rangers defensemen Wade Redden and Michal Rozsival, but he could have been speaking about himself.

"It's great to see the older guys who've been there try to lead by example," the 35-year-old left wing said Sunday on the eve of Game 3 of the first-round series against the Washington Capitals.
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Naslunds been a standout these past two games.... ive been tired of his effort during the season but hes looked like a real impact player in these past two games.....if thats his deal so be it.... go get you name on that cup Nazzzy .....

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I love Torts

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Naslund was crap in game 1. Yeah he was skating pretty hard, but some of the penalties he took were atrocious.

Game 2 was a completely different story.

Maybe he's Jagr and just saved himself for the playoffs?

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Naslund was crap in game 1. Yeah he was skating pretty hard, but some of the penalties he took were atrocious.

Game 2 was a completely different story.

Maybe he's Jagr and just saved himself for the playoffs?
Game 1 he wasn't crap, just got too many penalties.

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He's certainly stepped it up...

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Naslund has played much better. That pass he made to Callahan was perfect. He's also been sneaky good on the forecheck.

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Man if Torts can just get Zherdev going, how great looking forward it would be. I just dont get it. Theres no urgency to his game. I thought maybe he was just getting a little bored in the regular season, but that same lack of effort is evident so far in the playoffs.

What id like to see more from him, is to start taking more risks in the offensive zone. He has the skill to try some creative things there. But he seems to be getting rid of the puck too quickly. I want to see the same Zherdev we saw the first 25 games or so. Something is just off about him.

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nazzy was fantastic at the end of the 3rd period game 2

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I love to admit I thought Nazy would fail under Torts..but instead, he's responded 10x better then I thought..keep it up! Thank you Torts for putting him in his place early on....

Zherdev on the other hand....very disappointed.


I was Zherdev's #1 fan from the start...but if he not going to respond to the leader of this team (Torts)..then I dont want him around. Wake up already Zherdev and do your thing, if not, i could care less if he is around next year. He's really the only player that has played worse under Torts.

Torts is long term...the players are not (well cept a few with unmovable contracts....)

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Torts is long term...the players are not (well cept a few with unmovable contracts....)
Luckily most of THEM have responded well to the coaching change...

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He's different then Jagr. Jagr was afraid too even attempt a shootout goal. The European with the greatest offensive numbers wanted no part of the shoot out. Naslund did get 24 goals and a few key shoot out goals.

Naslund's penalties were bad yes. But at least he got a goal. Just a completely different player then Jagr (I'm saying this on my own btw). Jagr could own a game and take it over. Naslund seems like more of an opportune guy. Pass the puck to him where he's in shooting position and he's got a great wrist shot.

Jagr seems like he needs to have a bunch of his Czech mates around him so he feels more comfortable. I can definitely see him coming back to the NHL next year.

I always wondered that in general. If it's best to build a team around a bunch of the same ethnic players. Detroit does it with all of those Swedes. The Rangers did it with the Czech guy's. We had up too 7 at one point playing in the game. The Caps have a Russian thing going on over there. Ovechkin, Semin, Kozlov, Fedorov, and Varlamov. I remember a year or two back, Dallas was playing Detroit and the commentator said it was like the Fin's versus the Swede's.

IMO, I think it does help, in certain cases. At one time we didn't make the playoffs but we had that one other Czech line that was our best line, and included Nedved, Hlavac, and Dvorak. And if you look at the Rangers international prospects who are playing over seas, most of them are either Czech or Slovakian. Nothing wrong with that. I guess some teams scout certain areas more often.

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Z is a curious dude.... always has run hot and cold and I don't think hes given any interviews... doesnt do much to make a case for himself.

Is he a Ranger or isnt he?

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Man if Torts can just get Zherdev going, how great looking forward it would be. I just dont get it. Theres no urgency to his game. I thought maybe he was just getting a little bored in the regular season, but that same lack of effort is evident so far in the playoffs.

What id like to see more from him, is to start taking more risks in the offensive zone. He has the skill to try some creative things there. But he seems to be getting rid of the puck too quickly. I want to see the same Zherdev we saw the first 25 games or so. Something is just off about him.
The strange thing is that you would think that Tort's approach and Tort's system would be more conducive to an offensive player like Zherdev and that he would actually be more willing to take risks than he was under Renney. I agree though, he has been strangely passive lately and is playing it a little too safe in the offensive zone.

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Z is a curious dude.... always has run hot and cold and I don't think hes given any interviews... doesnt do much to make a case for himself.

Is he a Ranger or isnt he?
I think squishy posted an interview he did with the Russian media after game one in the "Paging Zherdev" thread.

He did do that one awkward interview with Fischler earlier in the season after he scored a shootout winner.

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Must have missed it.... thanks

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Not to turn this into a Zherdev thread, but I wouldn't give up on just yet. I do wonder if a playoff run with the vets leading by example might just over time sink into his head. He's had, what, less than 30 games under Torts?

If he's still like this a year from now then it's time for him to go.

Anyway, love this time of year when the high priced free agents seem to not look so bad.

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The strange thing is that you would think that Tort's approach and Tort's system would be more conducive to an offensive player like Zherdev and that he would actually be more willing to take risks than he was under Renney. I agree though, he has been strangely passive lately and is playing it a little too safe in the offensive zone.
I know its a head scratcher. If i were Torterella I would give the kid unlimited freedom in the offensive zone. I mean who wouldnt love the opportunity to be given the same type of green light that Ovechkin gets? I mean how is it that the most talented player on the team is playing it the safest out of all of them. Im telling you something isnt right.

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He's different then Jagr. Jagr was afraid too even attempt a shootout goal. The European with the greatest offensive numbers wanted no part of the shoot out. Naslund did get 24 goals and a few key shoot out goals.
Why would we have wanted Jagr to take? When he did he more often than not missed. He'd have been called an attention seeking glory hunter if he'd kept being in shootouts cos by the end at least he was missing.

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Naslund's has definitely improved in the past two weeks and it is great to see. i know a lot of people around here like to hate on him, but i think under Torts he will change a lot of peoples minds.

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Dubi's line got special attention in game 2 because of Dubinski's killer goal in game 1. They practically shut them (including Z) down. It will be different tonight when Torts will be in charge of who is playing against whom. I am sure we will see dominant 3rd line as it will play against Nylander line instead of Fedorov.

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Naslund is performing better these last few games, and it's good to see him and some of the other vets finally start to step it up. It's the time of the season that they need to earn their pay

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