The New York Rangers were a team that had 109 points in the regular season in 2011-2012. The Rangers this season are struggling through the season with just 32 points and a 15-13-2 record going into Friday’s play. There has to be something to this complete change of fortunes in New York and I point the blame right at coach John Tortorella.
Tortorella has proven over the years that he is a hothead that gets very snippy with the media and I think his anger towards everything is affecting his job performance.
The Rangers are the second-worst team in the NHL in scoring goals and while they may be fifth in goals against, there has to be something at the top going wrong. Tortorella has to change lines up and do something to change his team’s fortunes or they are going to find themselves on the outside looking in when the playoffs get here in a few weeks.
I’ll admit that I’m not a fan of Tortorella and his attitude. There is no reason to be that annoying to the media and answering every hard question like he is offended by it. I think that Tortorella has lost the team, because how does a team go from that good to that bad this fast? I don’t see why it would happen unless the team has grown tired of hearing Tortorella’s loud mouth all the time.
I would advise the upper management in New York to consider looking into a coaching change if things don’t improve soon. I know it could be a one-year blip, but I would pull the trigger on dismissing Tortorella if the team misses the playoffs.