Sometimes, the best moves you make are the ones you don't. He broke up a team that reached an ECF. Looks like I was right about the Nash trade. Dubinsky was a key cog who Tort misused. Subtracting him hurt their identity. They also lost Prust and Anisimov.
You bring up a TON of good points, man... When I'm not getting in a good-natured shouting match with a Rangers fan, but actually talking flat out hockey, you said a lot of the things I've been saying all season. The loss of Dubinsky and Prust hurt a lot more than anyone would've ever guessed. Two of those "intangibles" players, you can't really explain it.
When your bravest guy is Zuccarello, that just won't cut it. Zuke plays with balls. His line with Brassard and Pouliot are the only one that gets any consistent pressure.
This pretty much explains the Rangers' season in a nutshell.
I don't believe in booing. There aren't enough real fans at the games anymore. I don't even care enough to go. That's what Dolan wanted. They priced out the diehards. The old MSG was much better.
Yup. I went to MSG for a few games during the Rangers' "dark years". I felt the fan intensity back then, got booed for the jersey I was wearing, got heckled everywhere, all the fun things associated with going to an away arena. I went to the two games at MSG this season to check out the renovations. Both games were absolute THRILLERS. First one Rangers and Devils were going tit-for-tat with goals until Carter scored the winner with a few minutes left. Second game, Rangers answered back at the end of the third period to force overtime, which Gelinas scored the winner in. Regardless, they were both incredible games. But I didn't hear one peep, not one heckle all game. I didn't hear more than 3 or 4 loud "Let's Go Rangers!" chants all game, the building was so quiet. Even this year's intro music and video on the jumbotron seems sanitized, forced, and corporate. The renovations were nice, but the atmosphere was horrible. I've seen more excitement at the Nassau Coliseum every time I've been (8-9 times, I think). The people in the seats aren't real fans, it's become just another tourist or upscale client-meeting attraction in midtown, which is a bummer, from a neutral hockey fan's perspective. On a very basic level, I enjoy and appreciate the hostility and intensity of an away fanbase at an away arena.
I get into debates all the time about whether I'd put him ahead of Richter. I still wouldn't. Richter knew how to win the big games. But he also benefited from much better talent. It's not even a contest. My fear is that as long as Sather is running the ship, Hank's remaining good years will be wasted. He's getting older. He's not the reason they're down. 25 giveaways. Imagine that happening under Tort. No toughness. Easy to play against.
I agree 100% with everything you said. People underestimate the intangibles in some of the goalies we call "top goalies". There's an animal instinct that the best goalies have, to win the big game. Ten years might go by and Henrik could still be an incredibly talented but losing goalie, and Rangers fans will still be entirely blaming the team in front of him. That's fair and all, but the BEST goalies have carried the team, won the big games, stolen games or whole series even. That's just one of the qualities wrapped up in being "a great". What solidifies Brodeur to me as the #1 or at least #2 goalie in the history of the game is not only that he was able to win championships with a well-built and balanced team, but the way he played when the team wasn't well-built and balanced. The only equivalent would be Henrik Lundqvist winning a few Stanley Cups and THEN keeping the team in first place/top of the league for 4-5 years with the Tortorella team he had in 2012. But yeah, didn't mean to make this a Henrik-Brodeur debate; I agree with you that he's just not in that league, not for lack of skill but the intangibles.