Quinn shakes up the lines after three straight losses

David Quinn has taken his lines to the blender. This will likely be the first of many times he does just that.

It’s clear Quinn is still looking for some semblance of consistency from the forwards. Given the group, I’m fine with most of the line combos as long as the kids get time to be properly evaluated. I am certainly intrigued to see what Chytil and Namestnikov can do together.

As for the defense pairings, I’m not reading too much into the Claesson/Shattenkirk thing. Shattenkirk is coming off a knee injury, perhaps he tweaked something and is getting a scratch. Perhaps not, and he’s just being scratched because he’s been relatively meh to start the year. It makes you wonder if Staal, who’s been atrocious, will get that treatment at some point as well.

There’s a lot of overreaction to the lines right now on social media. I’m staying away from it for now. It’s three games into a rebuilding season with a new coach. Sometimes you just need to let things play out over a month or so and then evaluate from there.

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39 thoughts on “Quinn shakes up the lines after three straight losses

  • Oct 9, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    Meet the new Boss….same as the old Boss

    • Oct 9, 2018 at 8:31 pm

      Guess this didn’t go over too well pal, lol.

      • Oct 9, 2018 at 8:53 pm

        Hahaha I have a secret admirer…You should see the other article

  • Oct 9, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    Needs a little shake-up. Unless we get 4 new defensemen, the back duos do not mean much. Looks like Fast is the new (old) fave. The Chytil line is a mess.

  • Oct 9, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    Yep we need at least 4 new defensemen….Chytil line def not optimal…Fast on the top line means we are a bad hockey team

  • Oct 9, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    What to think? Fasth on the first line. Playing 8 defencemen. No captains. Players don’t know what they are suppose do. The ice is tilted against us. The ship is sinking fasth. Wow that was fun.

    • Oct 9, 2018 at 2:25 pm

      Hahahaha what could go wrong?

    • Oct 9, 2018 at 2:30 pm

      Someone tell Quinn he isn’t in Boston anymore. Oh wait, even Quinn is embracing the tank!
      We suck I tell you, 0-80-2 is not impossible. Then we take a little known Swede goalie with the first pick. Walking towards the ledge.

    • Oct 9, 2018 at 2:31 pm

      Yes, we are definitely going to play 20 skaters and dress no goalies.

      No captains? Yes, I 100% agree that if we only had a captain, we’d still be 0-3.

    • Oct 9, 2018 at 2:33 pm

      Double post.

  • Oct 9, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    Welcome to the rebuild.

    Based off of their performance so far. Top 5 pick in this years draft.

  • Oct 9, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    If we lose on Thursday, the Quinn watch will begin, unless we blame the bad defense on Lindy Ruff.

    • Oct 9, 2018 at 4:16 pm

      Lol yep….Dont feel sad…cuz 2 out 3 ain’t bad

      • Oct 9, 2018 at 4:55 pm

        Why oh why is Ruff still around ?!?!?

    • Oct 9, 2018 at 5:36 pm

      Says who? If I recall correctly, you were one of those names talking about how the Rangers are deff trading so and so by deadline, draft etc.

      The “Quinn watch” is a good title for that narrative but it also not going to happen. Not now or next season because the FO loves him. I think that they will give him 2 full seasons of good faith. They’re paying the man a decent amount money for a first year head coach in the NHL. I think we’ll see a new group of scouts and Gordie Clark let go, before we would see Quinn get thrown out. It’s not like he has a legit first line and top pair to work with.

      • Oct 9, 2018 at 6:03 pm

        I would trade a lifetime contract for DQ if we could smoke Gordie Clarke

        • Oct 9, 2018 at 7:17 pm

          I think this is the era where he could get canned

        • Oct 9, 2018 at 10:45 pm

          wahlstrom scores double goals a few more times in BC from the ovi spot and Gordie can see the door and have it Slam him on the way out.

  • Oct 9, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    we need to bring back that tom renney line combo generator

  • Oct 9, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    What I get out of this is that Quinn is happy with Skjei-McQuaid, who have played well together. After that it is all a puzzle to be figured out. Makes sense to me.

  • Oct 9, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    The team is 0-3, the coach is new, the system is new, some of the players are new. Of course he is going to tinker. What would expect to happen???

    But unlike AV, everybody gets a shot.

    Vladdy will not go down in flames without some fight. I like putting him with Chytil.

    Adjust those expectations folks or you are going to be in for a very, very long season….

    • Oct 9, 2018 at 5:47 pm

      Chytil should not play on a line with another forward who dominates the puck. He should plaay with shooters. I guess Letteri qualifies there

    • Oct 9, 2018 at 5:54 pm

      Some on here assumed that Chytil would have been handed the 1c/2c at this point. In other words, they’ll always stay pressed until he’s in that role. I think the lines are sneaky good for the time being. Howden is showing Chytil up right now, so he’s in between the better wingers.

      Vladdy is really disappointing right now but the coach gave him some love in the last post game. Lettieri likes to backcheck and show good second effort on defense along with a good stick. For now on, Vladdy will have to show a better 200 ft game on his new line. Chytil will have to smarten up in the DZ and cover the middle ice. If he can’t make the adjustment than his line will see 8-9 minutes.

    • Oct 9, 2018 at 8:50 pm

      I agree Chytil and Vladdy had some chemistry during the preseason. Shatty isn’t their worse dman but he certainly hasn’t seperated himself from the pack. So he can take a seat.

  • Oct 9, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    I’m fine with what Quinn is trying to do — at this stage of the process. Not sure why all the negativity, they played ONE bad game out of three and if there are issues, it involves a couple of the d’men PLUS the players (forwards included) getting use to the new defensive scheme.

    • Oct 9, 2018 at 9:02 pm

      Tanto you stood up for me once and I appreciate it…It might be time to do it again!

  • Oct 9, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    Well, the rebuild is going just the way I imagined it–with the fans.


    • Oct 9, 2018 at 6:03 pm

      Nah Peter, it’s the same fans that probably complained all through the last 22-23 years or so, including the 7-8 seasons where we were arguably one of the best teams in the League.

  • Oct 9, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    Haha, that’s true Tanto.

    I am going to enjoy the season. Happy to have hockey back and a lot of young and talented players to watch.

    • Oct 10, 2018 at 10:49 am

      Exactly, we pretty much all agreed that this would be the rough patch in the rebuilding process. The last thing I’m going to be focused on is wins and losses, it’s all about seeing the prospects improve and which vets will set the right example moving forward. It’s also about seeing certain players maintain or increase their trade value as we move closer to the trade deadline. That said, I still think this team can be competitive enough to hang around the fringes of the playoff hunt.

  • Oct 9, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    Rebuild going as planned. I enjoy the new talent and the direction there going.

  • Oct 9, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    I didn’t get a chance to come on during the day, work got in the way, but I should have for some comedic relief.

    I would like to know what some of you are smoking because I want some, lol.

    Again, with feeling, this year is not about WINS. Get it? Which means:

    1) Players don’t get scratched for playing bad, they get scratched for lack of effort or they defy the coach.
    2) Changing the line ups has ZERO to do with wins and losses. It’s about getting the right mix to evaluate individual player’s play by putting them in the right positions to succeed.
    3) Scratching Shatty while Staal plays in NO WAY means the coach prefers Staal over Shatty, that’s ridiculous.


    • Oct 9, 2018 at 9:08 pm

      He’s just putting in the lesser of the two leasts ? lol

      • Oct 9, 2018 at 9:16 pm

        Lose for …the Euro kid that Gordie will pick

        • Oct 10, 2018 at 12:21 pm

          well …Kaapo Kakko right now sounds like a decent choice to me

    • Oct 9, 2018 at 11:16 pm

      Tony,Thank you for trying to enlighten people in regard to Quinn and the expectations for this season. This season is a rebuild, plain and simple, this season will send more vets away for picks and NHL ready prospects like a Brett Howden. Zucs, Hayes, Names, Smith, McQuaid, Staal- fingers crossed, and maybe even Kredier from what I heard, will all be available for any NHL contending team.

      Couple of points about Quinn I can speak too through a good friend of mine who was on the same coaching staff with Coach Quinn in COL. Quinn is a great communicator and does not throw the young players under the bus. He will keep coaching the kid up and give them time in different situations so they can learn and not be pinned to the bench in a one-goal game in the 3rd period. He implores his players to play physical with and without the puck and will not punish a player for sticking up for their teammates.

      When Quinn had Shattenkirk in the minors, he benched him for a game, he expects Shatty to play to his potential and Shattenkirk from what I understand, is one to take constructive criticism well. Tell you something about Quinny…back in COL, Adam Foote who was a pretty key player for the AVS, one day decided to ride his skateboard to the rink for practice which was about a 10 mile ride to the rink from Foote’s place. Quinn nearly got into a fist fight with Foote for not driving to the rink and being a dumbass by taking a chance skateboarding to practice and risking injury. Quinn felt this was a slap in his teammates face because if Foote got hurt, the blueline would be down one of their top 4 d-men. SO, Sakic benched foote for one-game as a lesson. the skinny, Quinn is a team-player coach, unlike AV. You guys notice Howden was on the ice against the Preds with 3-minutes left opening night, you think AV would have Howden out in a one goal game? I betcha Howden would be in Hartford right now and Peter Holland would be the 13F and Cody McShit as the 12F on the 4th line if bubble gum Coach AV was still the Ranger HC. So guys, please give Quinn a chance, eventually players will be gone, more exciting young players will be here and the Rangers will start to turn the corner.

      • Oct 10, 2018 at 10:22 am

        AZgene4240….great insight on the coach and I believe you are right on the AV thoughts. Got to give it some time. Coach has some pedigree, he’s been there and been successful. He will mold the guys that can and the others are waiting for the end of February. It’s the way, IMO, it should be….let the cream rise.

    • Oct 10, 2018 at 10:52 am

      As to #3, you’re right … it doesn’t. That said, Staal is the worst defenseman on this team right now and needs to be benched IMHO.

  • Oct 10, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Quinn made it abundantly clear that he believes Shatty’s issues so far have been mental. Staal, on the other hand, well…his issues are not mental for the most part. The game has simply passed his current skill set by. So, perhaps Quinn is looking at it as addressing the one of the two problems he can actually solve. No amount of time in the press box is going to give Staal more agility, speed, or help him regain the vision he once had, right? It might straighten Shatty out a bit, though. So, I’m not at all worked up about it from that angle. I definitely do not believe it means Quinn feels Staal is better than or more valuable to the team than Shatty.

    With that said, I would absolutely like to see Claesson get a good look, and I think Staal should be the one to sit for that purpose. I do not by any means expect Claesson will tear it up and earn a long-term spot on the roster, but may as well give him some TOI and see how he responds. You never know. If he responds well, he is a potential trade chip…Staal probably is not, no matter what.

    Regarding the forward shifting, AV was flipping lines haphazardly basically til his final days in New York, hoping to find that magical combination that justified his vision for what the system should be. Guys didn’t have to play well to get moved up. Guys didn’t have to play poorly to get moved down. Tanner Glass didn’t have to be able to play hockey to get playoff minutes. Etc. Dude was just winging it a lot of the time. Quinn is flipping lines hoping to find out who all of these guys actually are in this new system. Not at all the same. If we are talking about Quinn putting the lines into a blender at this point of the season in 2020, then yes, we have an issue on our hands. I get that the line flipping is a trigger point for many of us, but truly, it is quite different than what AV was doing the last few seasons. Same as I did with AV, I’m going to give Quinn the benefit of the doubt until he starts CONSISTENTLY making questionable decisions after a point when he should know the skill sets available inside and out in relationship to the system. I had no issues with AV in his first season, not because I agreed with all that he did, but rather because every new coach deserves some leeway to settle in and figure their team out. This is especially true when the roster largely consists of underachieving vets and young guys trying to find their game, which was not the situation AV inherited.

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