Reasonable Expectations: Marian Gaborik

For his opening act on Broadway Marian Gaborik wowed audiences by scoring a career high-tying 42 goals as a first year Ranger. Not bad whatsoever. Unfortunately for the slick skating Slovak (say that drunk) his second year was a complete contrast to his first season’s performance as he consistently failed to penetrate defences playing on the perimeter, picked on the…

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Rangers and Their Unique Opportunity

The best teams in the NHL, or any sport for that matter, are the teams that live for the now but also constantly have one eye on the future. In the NHL this usually means scouting, drafting and player development. There is however, another way for the Rangers to continue to build a perennial contender. They may have an opportunity…

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Tortorella Extended; Break-Up Day Notes

In old news, John Tortorella will be back as coach of the Rangers for at least another three years, according to Larry Brooks.  Tortorella definitely earned his extension, as he led an injury-plagued Rangers team that lacked any significant talent (save for Marian Gaborik) to the playoffs.  The team exceeded all expectations this year, and although they were bounced from…

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Guest Post: Tortorella’s Tenure

Before you all read this guest post, I just wanted to thank every guest blogger we’ve had on behalf of Dave, Mike, myself and everyone at BSB. They’ve all been interesting reads and just show, whether you agree with the content or not, that the Rangers have some of the most hockey intelligent fans in the league. Anyway, here’s another…

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John Tortorella Coach of The Year?

There is growing talk around the league that New York Rangers coach John Tortorella should be a top candidate if not the winner of the Jack Adams Trophy for coach of the year.  I had been thinking about this for a little while then when I heard Don LaGreca say it on Monday following the Mats Zuccarello interview on NHL…

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Tortorella and Sather At Odds?

As per Jesse Spector, it looks like Rangers Head Coach John Tortorella is not agreeing with some of the decisions made by General Manager Glen Sather. Spector states that by reading between the lines of Tortorella’s diplomatic responses to the media, it gives the general impression that the coach and general manager are not really seeing eye-to-eye on many roster…

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Tortorella On Thin Ice?

With the Rangers off to a rough start, Rangers head coach John Tortorella could potentially be on thin ice. Lyle Richardson (Spector) lists the Rangers coach as one of five coaches in the league that could be looking for another job if the Rangers continue to have a rough start to the year: Injuries to key players like Marian Gaborik…

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Pressure to Play Redden?

Surely by now you have all read coach John Tortorella’s comments on breakup day. For those of you that have not, I’m going to quote what I’m analyzing in this post, with the bolded sections being of more importance: “I’ve talked to Glen about this. I’d like to see us get younger. I’d like to see us add to our…

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The Avery Effect

“I know what’s been asked of me, so whenever I get my next opportunity that’s certainly the thing I’m going to have to do. I’m gonna keep that to myself.” Ever since John Tortorella became head coach, Sean Avery hasn’t been himself. At his best, Avery is an agitator, who can chip in scoring. He can make plays, with his…

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Redden, Kotalik Benched

You wanted changes? Well, you got changes. Wade Redden and Ales Kotalik will be healthy scratches for tonight’s game against the Islanders. Bobby Sanguinetti and Erik Christensen will take their place.  We all expected something to be done, especially after the tirade by Torts. And Kotalik deserves to be benched. But I would have much rather seen Chris Higgins, or…

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