March 1, 2012; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers coach John Tortorella during the game against the Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC center. The Rangers defeated the Hurricanes, 3-2. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

What John Tortorella Must Do To Help The Rangers

This team is getting ridiculous. They are becoming unwatchable. The Rangers have not lived up to incredibly high expectations so far this season and I believe they hit a new low point Saturday in Montreal. There have been many problems with the team and many fans have been speculating to what seems to be the main problem. The top guys haven’t been playing well at all, their defense has been awful, the power play is dreadful, and now the injury bug is starting to bite. There is no question that these are all problems that the Rangers have and many more that I didn’t say. But is John Tortorella starting to lose this team? The Rangers are going through the motions as of now but how much of the responsibility falls on John Tortorella? I have said many times John Tortorella is a heck of a hockey coach and his skill will really be tested in the upcoming weeks as this team continues to go through so much adversity. I feel John Tortorella must do some things to get this team headed in the right direction. For starters I feel that he must adapt his system to this new hockey club. The Rangers are more of a talented team than they  have had in the past. Instead of all the grinding and shot-blocking they should let their talent take over. They should let the players create their own chances instead of sticking to a system of grittiness. I feel this would benefit the Rangers the most going forward. Secondly, I believe that he shouldn’t be so strict with  everyone on the team. If anyone makes a mistake I don’t always think the solution is benching the players. It could hurt their confidence and maybe get them off their game. I believe he should send the guys out there at times and see if these players can redeem themselves more often. And finally I feel Tortorella should play the best players. If Kreider or Miller is playing better than Richards or Gaborik (given the right situation) then by all means let the kids play. Sometimes I think Torts doesn’t trust his young players enough. He should keep using them and I believe he is going to in this stretch of time as injuries continue to mount. John Tortorella is a great coach, he will need to be even better to help this team advance as they go through combat.

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