In a season that’s very quickly becoming a lost one, this Rangers team is becoming almost absurd in its inability to score goals. I mean, seriously, when was the last time the Rangers scored 3 goals in back to back games? I’ll tell you when…nearly a month ago.
1 MONTH AGO.
Tell me that doesn’t make you at least a little sick to your stomach.
Here’s what pisses me off more than anything, it’s that the Rangers aren’t playing awful hockey. They really aren’t. Most nights they are ok, but you can’t say that they’ve given up, or quit on the coach or anything like that. The fact of the matter is, they just can’t get it done. I can’t tell you why, I can’t tell you how to fix it, all I know is, somethings gotta give. A team with this much skill should not be this bad. Period.
I’m not happy, neither should you.
The absolute last thing we should do, IMHO, is to fire John Tortorella. I know everyone wants to do that right now, but to me that’s a knee-jerk reaction. I don’t think it solves our problems, I don’t think this team will all of a sudden learn to score 5 or 6 goals a night, every night. I think all it would do is set back all the great things Torts has done, getting kids to buy in, integrating that youth with almost no fear whatsoever, and getting that youth to perform. Look at Stepam, look at Michael Del Zotto, hell, look at the way Kreider played tonight. Torts deserves a helluva lot of credit.
Now, if only Brad Richards, Marian Gaborik, and Rick Nash could actually score, we’d be fine. Seriously. Those guys should have at least 25-30 points a piece right now…Only Nash is at 25, the rest are far below, and Richards is barely half that. Completely unacceptable. Though, to be fair, I’m seeing signs from Richards and Gabby. Gabby for some reason was again thrown to the 3rd line, which I could not tell you why, I thought he played fine with Richards and Nash for the most part….Maybe it was just reward Kreider…maybe not, either way, it was a bit of a headscratcher.
Lots to be angry about, but Torts isn’t the problem. It’s the players.