With the Canucks visiting Long Island tonight, a number of New York media members tried to get John Tortorella to discuss his former team's struggles to start the season, but the ex-Rangers coach wouldn't take the bait.
However, Vancouver captain Henrik Sedin had no problems comparing his former Canucks coach to the current one (via New York Post)…
“(Tortorella) is more involved during games, the way you play. (Vigneault) left the room to us a little more and let us run with it, but Torts is more in there after every period, giving you how you played and what you need to do better. I think that’s been very good so far. That’s how you want it to be.”
…talk about adding some insight into what might be wrong with this Rangers team. That last line from Sedin should scare the crap out of every Rangers fan.
…i've been critical of Vigneault's hands-off approach when it comes to the locker room, but I didn't realize it extended this far. How is a coach not analyzing the previous period during every intermission with his players? Is this now the job of Callahan, Richards and Staal? Can you imagine the Rangers players during the first intermission in Phoenix waiting for Vigneault to assess the period with them and he never enters the room? No wonder this team is so disorganized right now.
…if he hasn't already, my hope is that AV will recognize that this strategy isn't working and he takes more of an intimate interest in his players and how they're playing the games.