For those who thought that the addition of Brad Richards to
the New York Rangers was going to magically fix the team’s offensive
inconsistency and dreadful power play, the first two games of the season showed
that at the very least it will take time.
The Rangers lack of practice ad familiarity with those they have been
playing with was painfully evident the past two days. The chemistry and timing issues are not
something to be overly concerned with as that will come with more repetitions
together, but what is more interesting to watch is whether the Rangers are now
caught between systems.
Since taking over as head coach John Tortorella has been
trying to install a more blue-collar identity on the team because it best fit
his personnel. Last season the Rangers had
success in forming that identity and using a forechecking style to generate their
offense, but these first two games they appear to be a team that is caught
in-between playing a more skilled game ...