Newly signed Taylor Pyatt has been on a few teams that made deep runs in the playoffs, and while he does admit that the Rangers were able to offer a more secure contract than the Coyotes, stuck in ownership limbo, were able to, it’s clear that the state of the Rangers’ organization also played a tremendous factor. As he told The Chronicle Journal, this might be his chance to finally win the Stanley Cup. From the artcile:
“When asked what excited him about being able to play for the Rangers, who were the top Eastern Conference team in the regular season and got as far as Game 6 of the conference final, Pyatt smiled and said simply: ‘A chance to win the Stanley Cup in one of the greatest cities in the world.'”
Pyatt also goes on to say that he looked at the Rangers roster and was impressed, and that he felt he could fit in well with what the team already has.
Pyatt also sites fellow Thunder Bay, Ontario native Marc Staal as someone he talked to. Aside from the obvious – New York is a great city and the Rangers can contend – Staal gave support for John Tortorella as a coach Pyatt would thrive under.
“Everyone I’ve talked to, they’ve all enjoyed playing for [Tortorella], he’s a real intense guy but he’s real honest, he’ll never play mind games with you and I think that’s all you can ask for. Especially for a player that’s been around the league a long time, you just want a coach that’s honest with you and I’m looking forward to playing under him.”
We hear the complaints all the time about how Tortorella is too harsh, but it seems that every time a player comments about Tortorella he has nothing but great things to say about playing for him. I could not care less how pompous, irrascible, or arrogant Tortorella comes across in press conferences and interviews. If the players around the league and especially in New York respect him and want to play for him then that is all that really matters.
Pyatt has inconsistency issues but more in the mold of Brian Boyle as opposed to Wojtek Wolski; some coaching could turn Pyatt into an effective player. I think his skillset is very fit for John Tortorella’s north-south tactics. If Torts can get Taylor to harness his potential then he would be a sizeable upgrade over Fedotenko, in my opinion.