So a new day in Hockey Land, what has happened?
Nothing much to report as it’s pretty quiet surrounding the Canucks. Well except what Eklund is saying about Tim Conolly and Nik Antropov being traded to Vancouver before the deadline. Doesn’t make too much sense to me, but it’s Eklund, so at least this will get some fans talking about it in CDC or the HFBoard.
A new coach for the Rangers, huh?? It’s about time. Apparently the hiring of John Tortorella faced some complications between the Rangers and the Lightning organizations. Honestly I don’t know what’s that about. Torts was fired and was given a written consent to seek another job last June, and now eight months later, he is seeking a job for the Rangers, so what’s the problem??!! It seems that everyone involves are being very cautious when discussing tempering charges against another personel within the Lightning organization, namely assistant coach Mike Sullivan. Even TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie spoke little about the details except saying that Torts will likely be behind the Rangers bench before next game.
Glen Sather thinks Tortorella will bring a new style to his club, and re-ignite that “fire”, which his team lacks lately. Sitting 6th place in the East, with 21 games left, the Rangers still have a very good chance of making the playoffs this year. This change will probably get the star players started, and I won’t be surprised to see Drury, Gomez and Naslund to step up their offensive game in the next bit. It is, however, surprising to see the Rangers where they are now. Like the Canadiens, they started the season with very good momentum, and I think Sather did a good job assembling the current roster. It’s probably just a psychological thing, because the team have many good players, and they can turn things around quickly if everyone just step up their play a notch.
The Rangers will play the Leafs on Wednesday, and I predict that New York will win this one by a landslide.
Rangers 6 @ Maple Leafs 2 – goals coming from Naslund, Gomez and Zherdev.