So far this season, the New York Rangers have been on the receiving end of some good ole’ fashioned beatdowns. These included a 9-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks and a 6-0 loss to the Anaheim Ducks.
Those losses caused a huge uproar by the fans on social media outlets. Some of the fans were even calling for first-year head coach Alain Vigneault to be fired. That is just naive and rushed thinking, because that is not the solution to the Rangers’ problems.
You have to remember, the Blueshirts spent the last four seasons under strict head coach John Tortorella. When you compare his system to Vigneault’s, their spreadsheets are ENTIRELY different.
Vigneault loves offense and he certainly implements that into his style. By the way the Rangers have responded, it is obvious that they haven’t been able to adapt just yet. Over time, things will slowly start to come together, but fans need to step back from their ledges, and let Vigneault do his thing.
In Vancouver, he had the Sedin twins along with Ryan Kesler, three players who are offensively-gifted. Vigneault does not have that here in New York. He has Brad Richards who has been performing well this season; he HAD Rick Nash until he suffered his second concussion in 2013 and he also had Ryan Callahan, who is now sidelined due to a broken thumb.
He is also missing speedster Carl Hagelin, who is slated to return on October 29th against the New York Islanders, but between then and now he is a huge loss.
With those three players missing from the lineup, Vigneault doesn’t have much depth to rely on. Taylor Pyatt, Benoit Pouliot and Dominic Moore have been disappointments so far this season. The question some people may be starting to pose is, “Is it time to bring in the kids?”
Now, the Rangers front office did create a bit of a shake-up today, as they sent down Darroll Powe and called up Chris Kreider, who will be given another shot in the Rangers’ top-six, and also Brandon Mashinter. Both players have been performing well in the AHL so far.
Kreider and Mashinter may not be the only people they have to call up, however. If the team still can’t find secondary scoring, they may need to look at the younger boys to produce some offense.
Prospects Danny Kristo and Oscar Lindberg may have to be given a look as well. Kristo is leading the Hartford Wolf Pack in scoring (4 G, 3 A, 7 pts), and Lindberg has three assists in six games played but has played very well with the Pack.
Two years ago in the playoffs, Kreider was thrown into the mix by Tortorella. The Rangers happened to catch lightning in a bottle as he lit up the opposition with his blazing speed and nose for the net. Who says that can’t happen again?
At least give the kids a shot and see what happens as they could potentially be the solution that Vigneault is looking for in terms of offense.
Because you have to think, if this losing streak continues any longer, people will begin to lose their patience, and things get ugly when that happens.
It’s on you, Mr.Vigneault.