Found October 13, 2011 on Blue Seat Blogs:

It’s Thursdays folks and you know what that means…it’s Musings day!  Chris usually does these, but I think he’s still recovering from his debaucheries in Sweden. Very jealous…

Anyway, trying to figure out an easier-to-read format for these musings, let me know what you think.

Johnny Be Good

If you’re going to tell me that John Tortorella is a bad coach, please come up with a better excuse than “he isn’t giving player X a fair chance.” This isn’t intramurals folks. Playing time is something you earn.

Nerd Approved

I’ve never been a big advanced stat guy. Not because I disagree with the idea of quantifying players in this way, it’s just learning from observing is more of my forte. With that said, certain advanced stats are starting to grow on me.

For those of you old school guys like myself, I suggest checking out George’s game by game summary of the Rangers’ scoring chances. This season he added the type of chances tracked (i.e. rebound, transition rush, etc.), which I think will tell a much better story about our play as the season progresses.

Sean Avery = Jeremy Shockey Syndrome?

The adoration Sean Avery still received until the very end is something I like to call the Jeremy Shockey syndrome. It’s no secret sports fans love a bad-ass player, especially if they have some skill. Once that skill diminishes though, all you are usually left with are expensive ego problems, which inevitably cause headaches in the locker room.

Who else would fit this syndrome? Gary Sheffield anybody?

Lessons From South Park

I don’t know if I mentioned this here before, but I am a huge fan of South Park. They recently did this episode where Cartman and Randy use this “advanced metric” called TMI (a series of complex formulas vs. national averages) in order to prove that their penises aren’t small. Anyway, they fight over this formula and end up joining the “Pissed Off and Angry Party,” which is a collection of other angry dudes who wouldn’t you know it, are also missing a few inches.

So what the **** does this have to do with hockey?

All of this chest pounding with Don Cherry (and the wannabe machismos who follow him) angrily calling the new NHL soft, because players are no longer delivering hits to head, reminded me of the correlation South Park was trying to evoke.


Mats Zuccarello Has Struggled, But Why?

Mats Zuccarello was easily one of the New York Rangers top performers in the preseason, especially while playing against the European teams. But his play against NHL competition this year, although it has only been two games, has left people wanting more. In fact, he has played so poorly that coach John Tortorella has relegated him to fourth line duties with Erik Christensen and...

Tweaking the Rangers’ first line

It might only be two games into the season but New York Rangers’ head coach John Tortorella might need to figure out a way to get his number one line clicking on all cylinders. Through the first two games, Rangers’ forwards Marian Gaborik (1 assist) and Brad Richards (1 goal and 1 assist) have combined for just two points. While it certainly is not terrible, it is worth noting...

Testing, testing, 1, 2, 3

Been working on this since Monday, because I want to be able to post audio for youse guys when I go to games and practices this season. So here’s a test of some old audio from John Tortorella and Henrik Lundqvist. Hope it works. Let me know if you like it. And thanks to our tech guy, Jeff Marx (hockey fan) for setting this up for me. Here’s Torts: Here’s Hank:

Sauer Out Against Islanders, Woywitka In

The injury bug continues its spread across the Rangers blue line, as Mike Sauer will not dress for the Rangers game tomorrow night against the Islanders. Sauer suffered a strained shoulder in the preseason, and was severely limited for the remainder of the preseason and parts of the two regular season games in Sweden. After sitting out of practice most of this week, coach John Tortorella...

Torts won't play Blueshirt shuffle

The Rangers' plan to generate offense this season was to build a high-powered first line around center Brad Richards, while maintaining balance. So far, neither has happened, and John Tortorella isn't sure why. But he is not going to reshuffle his top lines for Saturday's game against the Islanders just because the Rangers scored only three goals in two games to end a...
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