Gee there is a whole heck of a lot to talk about the Rangers these days
don't you think? I mean we have all these meaningful playoff games that
both Slats and Junior Dolan promised up the Rangers would be in last
January don't we? There has been so much Ranger related stuff going on
that one doesn't know what he should be writing that is Ranger related
these days and one gets buried trying to figure out what should be said.
Ok so I am being really sarcastic as I watch yet another playoff season
without the Rangers involved in them. Thanks to the Rangers sarcasm and
what moves us so-called experts think the team needs to make is all we
really have to talk about these days. To tell the truth in my journey's
over the web and the various media outlets, I find that the majority of
the folks really haven't figured out what really the Rangers need to do
The answer is really kind of easy as all one has to do is watch those
remaining teams that are still alive in the NHL playoffs to see what
really needs to happen for us to avoid the 7th year in a row without
playoffs. It starts with team defense and ends with a structured team
system. It has nothing at all to do with who should be hired as the coach
or which player needs to come or go. Take a good look at how the
playoff games have been played and you will see that I am right. As long
as the Slat's system is what the Rangers will use then no coach or player
will fix the Rangers.
Don't believe me then go look at all the various playoff stats and you
will see the numbers will bear me out. Go watch some of the games and see
what is winning or losing these playoff games. When one is seeing that the
highest scoring team remaining in the playoffs is only averaging 2.82
goals a game (Dallas) then that has to be your clue as to realizing how
wrong that Slats is for today's NHL. When you look at the GAA average and
see that top 5 teams are either below 2 goals a game or just barely over
it then that too should be your clue as well.
Slats tells us that he believes that it is ok to win games 10-9, well
as long as he continues to believe in that outdated and very foolish game
plan then the Rangers will remain outside of the playoffs for a very long
time. The playoffs this year are offering concrete proof that Slat's
vision for the Rangers is dead wrong and doomed to failure.
What lessons the Rangers should be learning from this season's playoffs
are the way teams come out with a game plan and stick with it. Teams will
make the minor in game adjustments to their game plan but what you aren't
seeing is the Ranger style of one on one hockey. What you aren't seeing is
the Ranger wide open brand of hockey either as you are seeing close
checking and hard work that is winning playoff games.
No matter what Slats believes and wants us Ranger fans to accept would
get the Rangers blown totally out of the water in the playoffs. You aren't
seeing high scoring blowout games for the most part but rather close 1-2
goal games. No shootouts, no high scoring end to end hockey types of games
have been showing up on the playoff menu. The Mighty Ducks had a streak of
8(7-1) one goal games broken last Saturday so that should tell you
something about what is working since they have been playing 2 of the
highest seeded teams in the first 2 rounds.
The bottom line is that while Slats is off in his summer house in Banff
wondering who he will be able to sucker into taking the Ranger head
coaching position (mark these words Slats will return as coach as nobody
responsible enough wants the job) or how much more of the Dolan's money he
is going to spend on UFAs, the playoffs continue to go on without the
Rangers yet once again.
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