i think Kreieder was riding the bench do to bad penalties
i think Kreieder was riding the bench do to bad penalties
Kreider's been a defensive liability. He'll figure it out eventually but we need him to help us out right now. He's scratched tonight and he could potentially be sent down.
Last edited by fingerbang; 01-24-2013 at 12:41 PM.
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Kreider hasn't had a good year. It often happens to college players as they get used to the grind of a long AHL/NHL season. He'll be alright but I expect he'll be staying with the team but not playing until he gets it in practice. Rangers traded Chad Kolarik today as well for Ben Ferriero. Not sure if that means anything but Ferriero is Tort's type of player.
I do not like this much. I think Kreider will learn more in the NHL like many high draft picks that may only score 5-10 goals in their first season. He can learn from being around other NHL players as well as in practice. I also do not like this Torts type of player stuff. It seems that skill players are not thought of as Torts types of players but guys that grind grind grind are. The best coaches in the world say how can I put my players in the position to succeed best not how can I change certain players for my system. That's exactly what ESPN was speaking about today in regards to a current NBA coach that used to coach the Knicks.
Thing is Kreider knows what's expected of him, he's played here in the playoffs. For some reason he showed up to the AHL not ready for the season as he's not really had a good year to start and personally I think the only reason he made the Rangers was that Tortorella assumed he knew the system and it's a short season, because he didn't earn it in the AHL this year, if that were the measuring stick Newbury would have made it instead. Really having played all year he should have had an advantage over the current NHL guys like Hagelin, Pyatt etc, but he hasn't played as well as those guys. My problem with keeping him around is that if he's not ready, which he appears not to be, we burn a year of his entry level contract if he plays in the NHL. I know he'll be good some day but this might be a necessary wake up call for him that everything isn't going to be handed to him.
When I was talking about a "Torts style player" I was talking about a guy that fits the third line role, I mean we've lost some of our better penalty killers, shot blockers and forecheckers in Prust, Anisimov, and Dubinsky. So far Halpern hasn't been the best replacement and ofcourse Asham is there pretty much for the fighting. Pyatt has played well but I think we need a little more sandpaper and intensity on our third line. There was a good quote the other day when someone said that the Rangers third line would suffer this year as if you were to make a trade of Dubinsky, Anisimov, Prust for Halpern, Asham, and Pyatt people would think you lost your mind, and that's what happened to our bottom 6. The key to that was the hope that Kreider would show up ready to play like he did in playoffs last year and either him or Hagelin would take a spot on the third line, but it looks like Hagelin is the only one of those two that showed up ready this year. I love Kreider's skill level, but he has to man up.
Last edited by bsi; 01-24-2013 at 03:31 PM.
I'm tired of the grind grind grind. I'm also tired of losing good skill players to injury over shot blocks. Kreider might gain from the AHL or he might not. He was there for most the season so far. I have seen several good players only score a few goals in their first season but their teams stuck with them and they had much better 2nd and third years. It is good to be good defensively but Torts emphasis on defense reminds me of the past NJ Devils trapping teams. They won a lot of games but were boring as heck to watch. If I was a skill player I would prefer to play on a team like the Kings or Penguins where you have the freedom to create and make some mistakes occasionally. This team has as much firepower as any team in the league but we play for 1 goal wins instead of trying to blow teams away with superior firepower. I'm at a place where I want to be entertained. Gabs, Richards, Nash, Hags, etc have so much skill. I just want to see them have more room to be creative.
Having said all that I don't think Kreider is about to be sent down, just yet anyway. Calling up Newbury is just creating time for Tortorella to work with Kreider and mold him into the type of player he needs to be to help this team go to the cup final. I think this is just a way to teach Kreider what Torts wants without sending him down. Hopefully he reacts the right way to this.
looks to me like #61 is the real deal
I do think this system dulls down skill players. A team with Nash, Richards, Gabs, Hags, MDZ, and McDonnah should not struggle on power plays or 5 on 3's for season after season. When I watched the Kings last playoff season I saw them take so many chances in their own end. It looked irresponsible to me after watching the Rangers but it was a lot more entertaining to watch and I think their players probably had more fun playing it.
I'm not against Kreider going to the AHL. I'm just disappointed that so much emphasis is placed on grind grind grind, side board side board side board, and it leaves little room for individual creativity (never mind open ice).
The other question is when is this PP gonna improve?
They brought Nash in, Richards is getting more time at the point, and they have skill guys like Hags who in open space could and should be an asset and yet they still can't score.
I know it's early and i am still confident they are without a doubt a top 4 seed in the EC but i don't like how hard our style of hockey is sometimes. We ran out of gas last year because the accumulation of close drag out games really got to us.
I know this team is built on defense, goaltending, two way play, blocking shots, etc etc but the personnel change offensively should allow us to do some different things and maybe take some of that pressure off of those said strengths.
To your point about star players not blocking shots and whatever, we never see Gaborik or Nash blocking shots. I think everyone is oversensitive to our system where we think that every line has to be Brandon Prust type player. That's not the case. Our 3rd line was blocking shots and held up in their own end not because Torts told them to, it was because they didn't effectively get the puck out like the 1st and the 2nd line later on once Pyatt joined it. Kreider was a part of that, Boyle was a part of that, Halpern etc were all parts of that. The reason the 1st line gets more chances is because they are better at getting out of their own end, something Torts wants Kreider to "get". If his line spent less time in their own end and more in the opposite end of the ice there wouldn't be a problem. When you get out against Crosby, Malkin and Neal or Lucic, Bergeron, Marchand, you have to do the simple things to get the puck out of your end otherwise you are forced to sit back and block shots in the hopes they don't score. You have to admit our second line had a lot more offensive chances once Pyatt was put there instead of Kreider.
I think everyone wants Kreider to be Rick Nash right now, he's not, he will probably never be, but he has more to offer than he's been showing, and I don't just mean the last three games, I mean all year with the Whale. He should have been their best player but as it was he was about their 4th best forward. I'm not willing to just hand Kreider the keys to the dressingroom just because he's "supposed" to be good, he should have to earn his spot like everyone else in the room, up to this point he hasn't earned anything, he might have to step it up to stay here. As I said before I think this is just a message to him that he needs to be better, and maybe if he watches the game like DelZotto and Hagelin both had to do from upstairs he might understand where his mistakes are coming from.
BTW Sly, I hope we can come out with a win tonight. Need to get on a roll.