When John Tortorella addressed the team after their loss to the Canes, he and Slats reassured the Rangers that "the best thing for us now is to get out of town." 'Out of town' meaning away from the home crowd, where they generally lose games. So off to Phoenix.
When I heard this, another little piece of me went out the door. What coach was really trying to say was "Because we cannot stand the pressure of losing on home ice in front of the trusted, loyal and paying fans -- including a media that criticizes the team when we're down -- thank goodness we can try and turn this around elsewhere where there is less accountability and less people looking in."
Tough to grasp.
Other newsworthy links re: the Blueshirts:
Larry Brooks of The Post did an excellent piece on Slats and his bionic tenure as GM of the Rangers. He simply states that he should not sacrifice our future for the 8th playoff slot. I couldn't agree more. Go here for a good read.
Puck Daddy chats with the organizer of the FIRE SATHER RALLY. The Dark Ranger will be there. Go here for an interesting event.
The great folks over at Blueshirt Banter did a nice piece on Looking forward to the 2010 NHL draft and an overview of what needs to be done as we approach the trade deadline. Go here.
See you in Phoenix tomorrow night! May we turn around this rag-tag team and win some games!
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