Found October 28, 2011 on
Bleeding All Blue:
The New York Rangers are known for their consistently inconsistent
One thing you can always count
on when the team fails to score is that coach John Tortorella will put the
lines in the blender and start over again, which he did today at practice. Katie
of ESPN New York tweeted the lines:
There are few nice things to say about these line
What it really shows is
how discombobulated the Rangers skill set is throughout their lineup as they
have two elite talents that can show up each night, two that have it and no
heart, five grinders they rely on and two young players looking to keep
The Boyle line was the only one to survive this time, which
is not surprising with Tortorella as that line is foundational for him.
Seeing Wolksi get a chance with Gaborik is
something many have called for, but I doubt few if any wanted to see it happen
with Christensen as the third member of the top line.
Seeing Christensen get yet another shot on
the top line is painful and something that was supposed to end when Brad
Richards signed with New York over the summer.
Having Anisimov and Stepan toiling on the fourth line, even if both are
struggling, is also frustrating because they are not going to develop or snap
out of their funk playing the limited minutes Tortorella uses his fourth line.
BEST OF MAXIM
I like Rangers head coach John Tortorella, I admit it. It’s probably one of the least “cool” things that a Rangers fan can admit to right now, but I like him. However, when I see a post game press conference that last only 16 seconds, like what occurred after last Saturday’s abysmal 2-0 loss in [...]
… Torts hits the nail on the head. The whole team struggled. The 1st period was a hot one and the Rangers just lost all their energy and skill set during the 2nd and 3rd letting the Leafs take over the game on both ends of the ice and dominate.
… Torts is right, the building is great but you still gotta win!
After the New York Rangers demoralizing loss last night, coach John Tortorella juggled the lines again in practice, and the final product looked like this:
Wojtek Wolski-Erik Christensen-Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky-Brad Richards-Ryan Callahan
Ruslan Fedotenko-Brian Boyle-Brandon Prust
Derek Stepan-Artem Anisimov-Kris Newbury
These will sure to rile up some people, especially...
First, he did not give out his lineup, or his lines, saying he wasn’t sure. (Andrew Gross loves when he says that, LOL). But he said it will probably be the same lineup as the home opener.
He did say that Mike Rupp (knee) remains out.
I asked him a few questions about the possible breaking-up of Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik—at practice yesterday Gaborik played with Erik...
New York Rangers coach John Tortorella has shifted the lines around for tonight’s home opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs and here are what the lines will look like: Ruslan Fedotenko – Brad Richards – Marian Gaborik Brandon Dubinsky – Derek Stepan – Ryan Callahan Wojtek Wolski – Brian Boyle – Brandon Prust Eric Christensen/Mike [...]
Sadly, this is not a joke.
Head coach John Tortorella switched the offensive lines up in practice again today (insert joke here), and in the process moved Erik Christensen up to the first line, where he centered Marian Gaborik and Wojtek Wolski. So, in place of the All-Star center in Brad Richards that was signed for an arm and a leg this summer, $925,000 Erik Christensen finds...
The New York Rangers finally get
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nice it is for the Rangers to be with the opportunity to play in a partially
renovated Madison Square Garden...
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