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Happy Fourth of July!

Posted By On July 4, 2011 @ 6:59 am In Hockey,New York Rangers,NHL | 264 Comments

Happy Independence Day to all! [1]

Have a fun and safe holiday.

First of all, does anybody know what the heck is up with some of these supposed top teams. I mean, what is Philadelphia doing? And now, what is San Jose thinking with this latest trade, Dany Heatley for Martin Havlat?


[2]Something that came to mind in discussion yesterday, when somebody said that John Tortorella was impatient with Derek Stepan last year.

And I commented thusly:

I don’t see how you can say Torts was impatient with Stepan. He was anything but.

I love it how every time a guy misses a few shifts or gets scratched or, heaven forbid, demoted for his own development’s sake, Torts hates him or is impatient with him or doesn’t like him or doesn’t want him around.

This is the most nurturing coach the Rangers have had since… since … well, can anybody remember since when? I sure can’t.

So that’s my question today. Who was the last Rangers coach who came in and was good with the kids while trying to build a team with a young core. Because I can’t remember one. I mean, Roger Neilson has some youth on his team, and brought along kids like Troy Mallette, and actually won the Rangers only division title in decades back in ’90, I think it was.

But Neilson wasn’t doing what Tortorella is doing.



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