Same **** happens every year. Team comes out of the gate unfocussed.
I like AV as a coach. I think he's going to succeed here. It's been a while since the Rangers have had a dangerous offense and I think he can and will provide that for us, eventually.
But to win in NY, and NY specifically, it seems like the team and more importantly the coach, needs to have some sort of chip on their shoulder - a coach to provide the us vs the world mentality.
Phil Riley, Mike Keenan (short lived), Tom Coughlin, Jeff Van Gundy, and to a lesser extent Rex Ryan, John Tortorella, and Mike Woodson have all had reasonable success with a hard love coaching style.
D'Antoni was a West Coast wiz. Offense was 2nd to none. Didn't translate to NY. People want gritty.
Not saying Vigneault is an offensive wiz or will meet the same fate of D'Antoni, but he's more passive and his style of hockey is more open to try and induce more offense (something we needed and all wanted). But to survive and succeed in NY he's gonna need to understand he needs to grow a mean streak, whip these boys into shape, and rip heads off of people - not skate circles around them.
I went to the Islanders game earlier tonight before getting home to watch this. The Islanders played Phoenix. We lost to Phoenix 4-1 and looked bad. Yes, it was Phoenix's opener and they were pumped but... Islanders beat Phoenix 6-1 tonight. So... I feel badly.
"Of course giving Sather cap space is like giving teenagers whiskey and car keys." - SBOB "Watching Sather build a team is like watching a blind man with no fingers trying to put together an elaborate puzzle." - Shadowtron
"Used to be only Twinkies and cockroaches could survive a nuke. I'd add Habs to that. I'm convinced the CH stands for Club du Hypocrisy." - Gee Wally
I'm not upset that they lost. I'm not upset that they gave up 9 goals. I'm not upset that the defense was nonexistent.
I'm upset that not ONE ****ing Ranger stood up for their teammate. Our best skater gets nailed in the head and no one does anything? They should be embarassed. That "effort", or whatever you want to call it, was the most pathetic performance I've seen from this team in a while.
Where was Callahan? What did he do? Where were any of our "leaders"? This team is full of a bunch of spineless ****ing *******. Nash must feel real great knowing not one guy has his ****ing back.
But cooler heads must prevail. It's only game 3. They'll right the ship. But God ****ing help me if they pull this **** again....