Time To Criticize

March 4, 2011, by

This isn’t an emotionally fueled rant that was written immediately after the game, this is about something that has started to eat away at me the last few weeks. Tortorella has admirably stood by – and in front of – his players. He’s been kind when they’ve made mistakes and we all know it’s a young team so it’s only fair mistakes will happen as they grow. However, as in all walks of life sometimes the proverbial kick up the backside (AKA genuine criticism) is the best course of action.

This Rangers team cannot finish. At all. To the point where chances are made and no matter how good the chance is you do not expect the Blue shirt to score. Now, it’s time to call out Dubinsky, Callahan, Anisimov and several others. Yes, I have just called out a few of the Rangers royalty and it’s deserved. I don’t know how many times this season I have screamed at the screen for Callahan to lift the puck on a gilt edged chance but it’s a lot. I don’t know how many times I have seen Dubinsky choose the wrong option close in front but it’s a lot. Anisimov? How often does he actually win one-on-one battles around the net? You see where I am going?…

And the most frustrating part of it all is that it’s amendable. Scoring is, in my opinion, technique and that can be taught. Creating/Getting the chances is about instinct and you can’t necessarily teach that. It’s similar whatever the sport. If its finding space in front of the net in hockey, timing a run behind the defender in soccer or losing your coverage as a receiver in football, it’s knowing what to do in that moment. The annoying thing is, the Rangers seem to have this instinct, what they don’t have is technique and ability. So, this calling out is also aimed at the coaching staff – they need to teach. You may all disagree and that’s fine but something has to be said.

Ryan Callahan, the overall package, what he is and does; he may be one of the top 5 of that kind of player in the whole league but he is a god damn awful finisher. Now is the time to get him in practice and drill it in to him – hundreds of shots. Every practice. Same goes for others on the team. This needs to be public criticism. They need to be aware of their faults because being nice and saying they are young only goes so far. Their major deficiency is costing a serious amount of points. This team has good upside and a bright future but only if they start to convert occasionally. So… Tortorella and Sullivan – this criticism goes for you as much as it goes for the players. Let’s try and learn to finish shall we?


  1. jerry says:

    time to call out tortorella.!!
    its time torts starts to take blame here.we have a few guys on this team that are to talented to be playing forecheck hockey yet again and again these guys are dumping and chasing the puck behind the net and not creating anything.look i know gabi is a glass house we all agree on that but hes being used wrong and i believe he gets hurt more for it.these guys like gabi,zuccs and stepan are better off playing a more run and gun type of hockey with passing and more creativity,leave the forechecking to our cali line and our fourth line.look this is just my opinion but i remember when renney was here this was the type of hockey which partly got him fired and that torts himself stated we would not be playing.and also torts brags about his camps and how tough they are but by the time february comes these guys are spent and thats partly to blame.i think its time to start looking at our coaching staff for blame.

  2. jerry says:

    2011 roster adding krieder as second line left wing.
    Wojtek Wolski ($3.800m) / Brad Richards ($7.500m) / Marian Gaborik ($7.500m)
    Ruslan Fedotenko ($1.000m) / Derek Stepan ($0.875m) / Mats Zuccarello-Aasen ($1.750m)
    Derek Boogaard ($1.625m) / Artem Anisimov ($1.000m) / Ryan Callahan ($3.500m)
    / Brian Boyle ($1.000m) / Brandon Prust ($0.800m)

    Marc Staal ($3.975m) / Daniel Girardi ($3.325m)
    Ryan McDonagh ($1.300m) / Bryan McCabe ($3.000m)
    Mike Sauer ($1.000m) / Matt Gilroy ($1.750m)
    / Steve Eminger ($1.125m)

    Henrik Lundqvist ($6.875m) / Martin Biron ($0.875m)

    CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
    (these totals are compiled without the bonus cushion)
    SALARY CAP: $61,400,000; CAP PAYROLL: $53,575,000; BONUSES: $1,275,000
    CAP SPACE (20-man roster): $7,825,000

    • jerry says:

      move boogie to boyles line and feds to calis line.

      • Section 121 says:

        I guess Dubinsky isn’t on this team?

      • Section 121 says:

        I think you’d be extremely lucky to get McCabe at 3M and Feds again at 1M

      • Section 121 says:

        AA and Boyle will not sign for only 1M each

      • Section 121 says:

        Kreider can’t even dominate yet at the College level let alone juniors – 2nd line LW at age 20 for someone like that is not realistic

        • jurgenno88 says:

          I think his game may be better suited to the pros and he may well make the Rangers next year but pencilling him in as 2nd LW is a little premature. Maybe, but not likely.

  3. sandor says:

    At last someone got the balls to say what most of us think!!

    • jurgenno88 says:

      thanks. I think it needs to be said… and not by the fans but by the media and the coaching staff. Torts has done a nice job developing the kids to the NHL but he does need to put some emphasis on skill.

  4. Jerry says:

    Guys relax its just a thought and if those guys got more money look at the cap space

  5. Jerry says:

    And the more important article is the first one i wrote.the second is just what i would like to see.

    • jurgenno88 says:

      I think Torts needs to be harder now. If he isn’t he’ll get called out eventually. It’s an interesting sub plot in this tailspin…