What the New York Rangers Need to Do in 2010

December 22nd, 2009 by Matthew Calamia Leave a reply »
After a 7-1 start, the Rangers took a nose-dive through November, and with a little over a week left in 2009, find themselves just one game over .500 (17-16-3) and out of a playoff spot.

The blame-game has to start at the top. Glen Sather has worn out his welcome for years now, and must be relieved of his GM position. Many are looking to Mark Messier to right the ship, but don't hold your breath. Messier is a Sather guy. They won five cups together in Edmonton. To see him take over and be given total control of the team from Sather, who would remain team President, just isn't going to happen. They have to look out of house. I'm not really sure who that person is.

Next up is Coach John Tortorella. After starting so hot, it seems he has lost the team. His philosophy has always been play the top guy, and only the top guys. It's all well-and-good in theory, but doesn't build team unity. As an ex-player throughout my childhood and high school, getting your minutes cut takes a toll on you. It's hard for a player like Enver Lisin to reach his full potential getting six minutes a game, playing on a line with Donald Brashear and Brian Boyle. 

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