by Patrick Hoffman on 12/13/09 at 10:41 PM ET
It is tough being a New York Rangers fan these days. The team is clearly struggling, clearly inconsistent and are clearly not turning it around.
As New Yorkers, we take pride in what our team do and don’t do and when you’re a Rangers fan, you take everything to heart, and with good reason.
Scotty over at Scotty Hockey let out some frustration in his most recent blog and I wanted to see which Blueshirt fans out there agreed with it. He certainly makes some terrific points.
The Blueshirts dropped below .500 for the first time since going 0-1 after losing the season opener by losing to the Buffalo Sabres 3-2. I would love to go on an elegantly crafted rant detailing the many issues effecting the Rangers but let’s face it, the team isn’t worth it. The GM and the coach are incompetent, the players have little skill and even less heart and the hardcore fans aren’t showing up en mass, allowing the away side to gain a tangible presence in the Garden.
It is disgusting, disturbing and disappointing but it is the story of the Rangers right about now. The Islanders moved past them in the standings and the Blueshirts need to get their act together because they can play themselves out of the playoffs with this stretch towards New Years. Three games against the Islanders, two against the Flyers, two against the Canes, one against the Panthers and one against the Thrashers. That is nine games against five conference opponents, four of whom (except for Carolina) will be ahead of the Blueshirts before 2010. Terrific.
Some notes on the latest failure:
*John Tortorella needs to be fired. Arrogant, idiot of a coach who clearly has no idea of what it takes to win in the post-lockout NHL and no idea of how to motivate his charges. Juggling lines constantly does not lead to success, just as they didn’t for his predecessor. Pete Laviolette was just picked up but Ted Nolan is still out there, right? Perhaps there is another hot shot junior coach worthy of a look, like Pete DeBoer in Florida?
*At no point during the third period did I think the Rangers had the least bit of a chance to tie the game. They never showed any spark and certainly gave up with a minute left when Torts put Chris Drury on the point with the man advantage. There have been 83 seasons of Ranger hockey and Drury is the 25th captain (counting Messier just once). Drury will also go down as the worst.
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