The Rangers can be divided into the haves (Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan Callahan, Dan Girardi) and the have nots (Marian Gaborik, Alex Frolov, Henrik Lundqvist). Their superstars were once again missing in action as the Blueshirts got “spanked” 5-3 last night to the Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis led Tampa Bay Lightning.
“There’s been a group, a handful of guys that have done a lot of work for this club. We need the other handful, that haven’t, to come and play our next game,” said coach John Tortorella who’s familiar post game scowl is returning as each loss mounts up.
When asked about Gaborik, Torts let it rip. “He’s supposed to be our best player. I looked at their best player, they were pretty good tonight. I didn’t see our best players.”
Gaborik hasn’t looked nearly as dynamic or dominant on the ice so far this season. The early shoulder injury didn’t help. He’s got 10 points in 11 games played but four of those points came in the Edmonton Oilers whoopin’ back on November 14. He needs a new “Vinny Prospal.” He’s producing in specks here and there but not like the consistent superstar the Rangers are counting on to make the playoffs.
Glen Sather should shift his attention away from acquiring a left sided defenseman to a first line playmaking center. Dallas Stars center Brad Richards, set to hit the market this summer, is a name being thrown around in the trade rumor mill. The former Conn Smythe winner played under Tortorella when the Lightning won the Stanley Cup in 2004. But giving up young guns like Anisimov or Dubsinky shouldn’t be considered if a trade was to be made before having a go in July at signing him.
Lundqvist continues to struggle and Torts continues to defend his number one netminder.
“What situation? You’re trying to make a situation. There is no situation with Hank,” he said when asked how much of the loss fell on his shoulders.
Something is off and until it’s back on, Martin Biron should hold down the fort.
The Rangers need to find their groove otherwise this is going to be a bumpy ride season of highs (think Oilers, Sabres, Penguins victories) serious lows (Avalanche, Tampa Bay wipeouts) and scatterbrained point grubbing.
About the Author
Written by Margaret DeJesus
I'm a recent college graduate looking for a dream job covering hockey. I've been watching the New York Rangers since my grade school days of VHS and Gordon Bombay's "ducks fly together" speech. While studying journalism at Boston University (COM '10), I wrote for the Daily Free Press, the student newspaper. I worked two summers at the Staten Island Advance, my hometown newspaper, writing city news and features. I've also written CD reviews for Music-Reviewer.com. One of my favorite gigs was interning for hockey analyst extraordinaire Stan Fischler covering the Boston Bruins and attending all their home games in the 2009-2010 season. (Yes, including the crushing defeat against the Flyers in the Eastern Conference playoffs.)