What will Tortorella do?
What can he do?
Well, he can go the easy route and bench Ales Kotalik, who again made a dreadful play on the power play point (and got bailed out by Henrik Lundqvist) but who, if he can’t play the point, really doesn’t have a job here. He can bench Enver Lisin, who is the Rangers’ hottest goal scorer with a one-game streak. He can do all that dumb, weak-ass stuff that he and other coaches have been doing around here for years, like sub Bobby Sanguinetti for Ilkka Heikkinen.
But none of that matters.
Nope, tonight he should make a major statement. Here’s what I’d do: Put Chris Drury and Michal Rozsival in the pressbox. Maybe one other, too.
And I’d think about starting Chad Johnson in goal, except that might not be good for the kid, to debut in a desperate situation such as this.
I know we have a lot of fun at Drury’s expense here, and I know there’s a lot of anger at his monotone personality. But he does care. He also cannot play anymore. So maybe taking a seat would actually be good for him. He played only 12:31 last night and still managed to be on the ice for the winning goal. And Rozsival certainly wasn’t the only culprit last night (Redden and Girardi mucked up the first goal, about which Tortorella was furious), but he was one of them, and it’s time age and tenure and experience and paycheck are completely forgotten, and accountability is finally demanded.
Something relatively drastic has to happen tonight, because let’s face it, the options are limited. They can’t make a big trade because most of the guys they’d like to shed can’t be moved, because they don’t have the cap room to add a player another team is willing to trade, and because any team will now want to rip off the Rangers by taking their prospects or taking Dubinsky or Callahan or one of those devalued types for not much return.
So to throw a grenade in the room — and for this tough-guy coach to finally make a point by doing something other than raising his voice — some marquee names need to find their way onto the scratched (or prucha’d) list at Nassau Coliseum tonight.
On this night, the coach is being tested.