For all the decisions Tortorella has made that are flat out baffling, putting Haley with Stepan/Callahan wasn't a horrible decision. Gaborik looks like he couldn't care less out there, so why not put a sparkplug like Haley on that line, see if he could provide a spark. That line was actually creating some offense out there, Haley was an inch away from tying the game.
Haley has no business being anywhere near the top 6
that is amazing. do you Ranger fans like to see that from Torts ?
general comments, not to Rosen, sepecifically.
or would you rather he keep that behind closed doors ?
Normally makes me laugh. Stuff with Brooksie and telling Pat to stop coaching I love. Took exception when he was a dick to Sam. Sam's on the same side you are and never spins anything he says, Torts knows he works for the ****ing same organization, show some respect.
Thats the problem. Instead of Torts just sticking with the lines that were working (see Hags-Stepan-Nash) he tries to figure out something to get other players going by blowing up a line that was dominant for a while.
The Rangers don't have a player like Boyle on their blueline. And they don't have a player like MSL up front. Richards is Richards, although older and slower. Nash is better than Lecavalier was at that point, but Lecavalier was a center. 6'4 centers are hard to come by with that kind of skill.
It's a different team, but for a one season run, I'd probably take that team over this one. I've seen no signs of this team being superior in any way.
Trying to compare this Ranger's team to the cup winning Bolts team is ridiculous! That Tampa Bay team was much better and deeper talent wise; not even close!
Need to win games like this - back-up goalie hasn't won in a year, guy with one goal scores two. Par for the course.
Funny thing was, I don't think this was the refs calling bad penalties. Buffalo just wanted this game more. Never should've happened to a 14th place team.
Rangers need to call up Kreider. I know Torts misuses him, but the third and fourth lines couldn't score on an open net. With a useless Gaborik, that leaves five possible scorers on the whole team.
And can Del Zotto hit the net, please. Not that he was the problem, he had one of his better games, but he shoots wide on golden opportunities more than any white man I've ever seen.
Not to mention the constant cycling, grinding, cough up the puck leaves us almost no chance to score.
I think the Rangers will make the playoffs, but absent some help at the trade deadline and an infusion of some offensive talent and someone taking a shot from the slot instead of this useless mucking and grinding by Boyle, Pyatt and others with no shot at scoring, this is not a serious contender for the Cup. Sorry. We overachieved last year, I think we can be better next year with more experience and some help from young kids. Not this year.
I didn't get to watch the game, but I'm guessing "we sucked from head to toe"?
Malthouse could (and probably still can) make adjustments in-game. It was just at the end he'd go of f on some long winded rant about how it was always his plan. his teams for the most part got the maximum out of their abilities too.
Back to hockey, it sounds stupid when we have cally, nash, gabby and hags, but we it looks like we need another winger who is half a threat to score (kreider?). We also need a stop-gap 3rd line c that can do the same until miller is ready.