Musings: Revisiting Nash, Line juggling, and moreMay 10, 2012, by
With many expecting impending doom on Saturday the question is again being asked, could Nash help solve our PP and lead us to the Cup in ‘13?
While it may be premature to start talking about next season and beyond, I think the Rangers are going to make a run at Nash this offseason regardless of what happens over the next few days/weeks. I’m not sure if I agree with that strategy yet, but I’d be surprised if they pass up on the opportunity. Clearly the power play personnel lacks finish, but will Nash really help? Will our youth grow into that role? There’s many ways to slice this.
Torts asked during press conference why he took a timeout. Really?
I often half jokingly point fingers at the media for their lack of knowledge of the game. If you compare hockey coverage to other sports, it’s amusing how bad the analysis can be. So when I was told someone asked Torts during his postgame press conference why he took his time out during the second period, I wasn’t sure if I should be disappointed or happy to have my point proven. P.S. His troops were tired from an extended shift.
Torts’ reaction was priceless. He just buried his head in his hands. Did anyone bring this incident up in their articles this morning? Of course not. And you wonder why this guy has no patience for these cats…
Media accuses Burke of hiding hockey decisions “behind the gay flag”
Speaking of the media (sensing a theme today?), if you think Torts doesn’t get a fair shake from those who cover us, you should read the garbage written about Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke. Burke’s son Brendan was one of the first, if not the first openly gay athlete to speak out against homophobia in professional sports.
Two years ago Brendan died in a tragic car accident at the age of 21. Since that time, Brian has launched the You Can Play project in honor of Brendan. The goal of which is to end homophobia in hockey. To my shock and disgust, I found an article on twitter linking a story written in the Huffington Post (by David Menzies) essentially claiming that Brian Burke was using this project to restore his public image. To suggest that Burke is covering up Maple Leaf struggles with a cause that his son championed is not only indefensible, it’s deplorable.
Ok back to the Rangers…
Icetime and Line Juggling (or lack thereof) Won’t Decide Squat
When the Rangers win, no one questions John Tortorella’s icetime distribution philosophy or his line juggling strategy. When they lose, obviously it’s a different story. At this point, it’s all pretty meaningless. The outcome of this series and the postseason at large has depended on and will continue to depend on the ability of every player to execute their assigned roles. How icetime is distributed, or what permutations people come up with are irrelevant at this point in the year.