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From good friend of the blog Rob Simpson at MSGNetwork.com:

9) I enjoyed Rangers radio commentator Dave Maloney’s description of an NHL rookie’s first year in the League as a “Magical Mystery Tour.” As with anyone in the first year of a new gig, there’s a lot of “wow” and adrenaline and finding one’s way. This might best explain the sophomore slump we often see: In year two, that “wow” effect is gone, the expectations go up, the player becomes a known commodity, and the NHL routine becomes just that. Considering this, it’s understandable that a lot of kids who light it up in their first season drop off in year two. This applies to the effectiveness of defensemen and goaltenders as well. Without “wow,” players become aware of their confidence level—or the lack thereof.

10) The Rangers’ 23 road wins this season are the most they’ve had since they had 24 back in 1993-94, the season they won the Stanley Cup.

11) The importance of winning away from the friendly confines: The top eight teams in the Eastern Conference in terms of road wins are the eight teams sitting in playoff spots.

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Can someone explain to me why Tortorella keeps coming up in the Adams conversation considering the competition? The Rangers are in seventh in a conference where the quality drops precipitously after the top four and the personnel on his team, particularly on the back-end, isn’t exactly chopped liver. It’s not like the Rangers are the Panthers, here.

Contrast that with Babcock (who is long overdue), Bylsma (who had his team challenging for first in the conference while dressing nine minor league forwards for most of February and dealing with each of his top three centers missing half a year), Vigneault (whose team has absolutely run away with the title in the tougher conference) and Trotz (whose team is never effected by the annual leaking of players to free agency).

Heck, even Boudreau has a better case than Tortorella.

Posted by steviesteve on 03/30/11 at 05:42 PM ET

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