New York is out and in consecutive playoff appearances Henrik Lundqvist has had over a .93 save percentage. 2012 Lundqvist had a .931 save percentage and saw an exit in the Conference finals. Then this year 2013, Lundqvist finished with a .934 save percentage this time only making it to the Semifinals.
It’s true that great goaltending is key to winning the Stanley Cup, just look at the last Cup winning teams and who they had in net. So why are the Rangers having such a hard time winning the big one?
New York Rangers’ coaching staff
The power play was pucking awful this season in the playoffs and John Tortorella had the balls to say Carl Hagelin “stinks” on the power play. Yes, Hagelin was the problem and it had nothing to do with the power play system the players were being told to play.
Because last time I checked, everybody “stunk” on the power play. The Rangers couldn’t even get through the neutral zone and overrated Rick Nash forgot how to stick handle and skate at the same time.
When things are going well players take all the credit and when things are going bad it’s the coach’s fault. That’s how most view the game of hockey, but that’s not how I do. I give credit where credit is due, and most of the time I point to the coaching staff whether it’s going good or bad.
Well, be honest with yourself for once if you’re a Rangers fan, the coaching staff is a problem and going to continue being the problem as long as John Tortorella is behind the bench.
Unfortunately, it’s too late to make a coaching change, before New York loses the best goaltender in the world.
Henrik Lundqvist will be entering the 2013-2014 season playing in the final year of his contract and I guarantee he moves on once his contract expires. He has seen this Rangers team play awful in front of him for far too long and by making a coaching change in his final year would delay this squad from winning the big one.
As a matter of fact, when the Rangers brought in Rick Nash and traded all of their depth they easily delayed their chances of winning the big one by a year or two. On top of that they traded Marian Gaborik and Tortorella sat Brad Richards the final two games of the playoffs. Which in my eyes, he will be a buyout candidate this summer, which will delay this team from winning the big one even further.
Lundqvist is 31 years old, isn’t getting any younger and after getting knocked out by Boston he sat in the locker room with his head on his lap for over 15 minutes before talking to the media. We can all imagine what he was thinking, and I can be certain, it was his future in New York.
Will John Tortorella be fired?
No. I would be very pucking surprised if the front office fired Tortorella in the offseason knowing they have to figure out what to do with Richards and knowing they only have Lundqvist for one more year.
Lundqvist has played REMARKABLE for the Rangers he did everything but score when the Rangers needed goals, which was almost every game, it was pathetic. There comes a point when somebody says enough is enough and if the Rangers try to revamp the coaching staff in the offseason, that would easily delay this team of winning the Stanley Cup for at least 2 years or more.
New systems take time to develop with players, it just doesn’t happen over night. Look at Washington for example, it took up until the last month of the regular season before the Capitals figured out Adam Oates’ system. It got them into the playoffs eventually and it only got them to a game 7 in the quarterfinals. Oates system is good and can carry a team a long way but it will take a couple seasons before it reaches them to the Stanley Cup finals.
And that’s exactly what will happen to New York if they fire John Tortorella and whoever else in on the bench coaching. I expect Tortorella to remain in New York for the 2013-2014 season BUT if no Stanley Cup next year he will be fired and that’s when we can expect a full revamp in the coaching staff and with the players.
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