Originally Posted by jarude
Has Torts worn out his welcome? There's no way a team with that much talent one season removed from an ECF appearance does this poorly. I don't follow the team at all so take this with a grain of salt but I sincerely don't believe the Nash trade could've made that team that much worse.
i don't think it's a Torts thing. He's been there for a few years and the players all know what to expect. A few key players just aren't clicking where they need to, and the big one is Gaborik who only has 8 goals this year (61st in the league) after coming off a 41 goal campaign last year. I know he had shoulder surgery after the playoffs so maybe he's still feeling it, but his fumble on the penalty shot kind of sums up his season. Richards had a bad start, got injuried, picked it up for 2 or 3 games, and has now gone dormant again. McDonagh seems off too, his Leech-like puck movement isn't really there like it was last season. And of course we lost our best defensemen and we don't know when he'll be back. Nash and Callahan are the bright spots and can make loads happen with just a little bit of room (which brings up my point below).
Last night, the Rangers had some really solid chances in periods 1 and 2, and carried most of the play. A lucky bounce got them behind, and then Winnipeg basically kept 5 people back at all times to preserve the lead. No room at all, and the Rangers weren't aggressive enough to draw penalties. We need more presence in front of their net too.
I don't see it as a "well we lost Prust, Dubi, Anisimov, and Fedotenko, so now we're a shell of the team we were" argument either. The biggest loss, IMO, was Prust, but he became really expensive and only averaged something like 12 mins. of ice time a game for NYR. We picked up a lot of grit players too with Pyatt, Asham (granted, Asham has been out for a while with a back injury), Powe, and Halie. The biggest problem is not grit or size or speed, it's finishing. Right now, shots are going wide, or hitting the post, or rebounds are being deflected, etc. It's not like NYR have hit hot goalies, they're just not finishing. And now they get to enter a hot Pens team on a 2 game skid. Not ideal.