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It doesn’t get much worse than that. Following your worse game of the season with an 8-3 loss isn’t going to get your fans excited to come out to the building that’s for damn sure. I think the telling thing here was that the Rangers didn’t play all that bad of a game, but, going back to the equalizer metaphor from before, when one thing is right, something else seems to be going wrong. Tonight it was goaltending and some really bad reads by the defense. I think for the bulk of this year our D has been a surprise in how good they have played by and large, But today, from our blueline on in we were just awful. Valliquette was great the first 10 minutes, but Vally is what he is, a very streaky goalie, and when the flood doors open with him, they don’t close for a long period of time. I would not be opposed to moving him at the deadline for a pick if there are takers.

Another interesting thing was Torts saying that he would not have played Lisin, Kotalik or Boyle (who did sit) if they had the players here to take their spot. With Lisin this has been a long time coming, he has been pretty god awful for a while now, and despite all the hype jobs the MSG crew tries to give us, shows me absolutely nothing. Kotalik might be worse in that he is making a ton of money and brings nothing besides a strong heavy shot.

To me I would have zero problems trading Kotalik, Lisin, Brashear, Voros, and even Prospal. Prospal because he is a short term solution, not a long term, and his value is super high, and clearly this team isn’t going anywhere right now. Perhaps you can trade Prospal, Kotalik and Lisin and get a nice return, I’m sure some team wouldn’t mind having that bomb from the point, or the upside of Lisin, or Prospals superb play.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not advocating giving up on this season, I’m just saying, something needs to be done. This team is not playing well, Torts knows it and has some players in his doghouse, and I don’t see them coming out of it anytime soon.

If the Rangers don’t turn this around, this losing streak can easily turn into an out of control spiral that gets people fired. And honestly, I think firing Torts is 100% the wrong move here. The guy is perfect for this team, this city, he wears his heart on his sleeve, wants to win more than anything, and demands people play their best. That’s what I want in my coach.


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