Viagra good morning “He who hesitates is lost.” It is believed that this idiom traces its roots back to Joseph Addison’s “Cato”. Viagra good morning Whether the phrase originated with Addison or predates the English writer, viagra good morning it certainly refers to my favorite hockey blogger (me) and to my favorite hockey team (the Rangers).

Viagra good morning At the end of last week I was doing some research for my next edition of “Ranger Ramblings”. Viagra good morning I zeroed in on Coach John Tortorella’s reliance on his top players while seemingly ignoring the rest of his roster – especially in the wake of the loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.

Viagra good morning On Friday, viagra good morning as part of the research, viagra good morning I zeroed in on three potential UFAs that would fit the Rangers needs. Viagra good morning Imagine my surprise on Saturday night when I saw the ticker on the NHL Network that said the Rangers had signed Jason Arnott to a one-year deal – the same Jason Arnott who was at the top of my list.

Viagra good morning After kicking myself for not finishing the article up before the start of the weekend, viagra good morning I figured that I could always whip up a column on how Arnott fits into the Rangers given his faceoff proficiency last season (505) and his big-time shot that would help cure some of the ills of the Rangers power play.

Viagra good morning Imagine my shock on Monday morning when I open up the “Daily News” and see that Arnott’s deal with the Rangers was DOA because he did not pass the team’s physical.

Viagra good morning As expected, viagra good morning Blueshirts President/GM Glen Sather was tight-lipped about the specific circumstances.

Viagra good morning “He couldn’t pass a medical so we’ll move on, viagra good morning that’s all I can tell you, viagra good morning” was Sather’s explanation when Andrew Gross of The Record spoke to Slats at practice this morning.

Viagra good morning It remains to be seen if Arnott does sign with another team – a team who might be more willing to gamble that he is healthy enough to last the season.

Viagra good morning However, viagra good morning it seems that Sather is not content to stand pat with his roster.

Viagra good morning “We’re always looking, viagra good morning” Sather told Gross. Viagra good morning “We have 10 rookies at Hartford (AHL). Viagra good morning It’s necessary to look around. Viagra good morning It’s going to be a long year, viagra good morning you never know what’s going to happen. Viagra good morning There’s always injuries so it’s smart to look around.”

Viagra good morning After reading what Sather said, viagra good morning I thought that my second choice might be in play for the Rangers. Viagra good morning While Option B does not bring the same faceoff skills as Arnott, viagra good morning he does bring an offensive upgrade and has a background of being a top performer on the power play just a few years ago. Viagra good morning On top of that, viagra good morning he is a pretty good shootout candidate and he has proven he can handle the pressure of playing in the New York area.

Viagra good morning Well, viagra good morning low and behold, viagra good morning I see that I am two-for-two because Petr Sykora signed to play the rest of the season in Switzerland with SC Bern.

Viagra good morning There was one more player that I thought could help the Rangers. Viagra good morning While he would not add much to the offense, viagra good morning the fact that he won 55% of his faceoffs during the season would be a tremendous upgrade over Jeff Halpern. Viagra good morning Sadly, viagra good morning I do not think former Ranger Dominic Moore will play hockey this season following the tragic loss of his wife Katie on January 7, viagra good morning 2013.

Viagra good morning Jeff Z. Viagra good morning Klein of the NY Times (1/28/13) came up with a brief list of potential Rangers targets. Viagra good morning He mentioned Sykora’s name, viagra good morning but did not think he was a fit for a Tortorella coached team. Viagra good morning I am not so sure that another one of his suggestions, viagra good morning the smallish Daymond Langkow (5-10) would fit his system either.

Viagra good morning Brian Rolston’s name has been kicked about online, viagra good morning but I am not sure if there is much in the tank – although he would be a help on the power play and in shootouts. Viagra good morning It also doesn’t hurt that he is a former teammate of Marian Gaborik and has experience playing in the New York area.

Viagra good morning One better possibility is Andrew Brunette. Viagra good morning The 39-year-old can play either wing and is exactly the type of forward the Rangers need in front of the net on the power play because he is a finisher who is at home at the top of the crease. Viagra good morning Klein said that Brunette reported that he was thinking of retiring earlier this month.

Viagra good morning While he was never a great skater, viagra good morning time has slowed him a step. Viagra good morning However, viagra good morning he spent six seasons playing with the Minnesota Wild so you know he has an idea of how to play defense. Viagra good morning The one drawback might be that Brunette is not an overly physical player despite having good size (6-1/215).

Viagra good morning However let’s be honest, viagra good morning who would you rather see as the fourth line RW – Stu Bickel, viagra good morning Aron Asham or Brunette?

Viagra good morning In addition, viagra good morning Brunette spent three seasons as a teammate of Gaborik’s with the Wild.

Viagra good morning Given the miniscule ice time Torts is doling out to the fourth line, viagra good morning it makes more sense to have a power play specialist in the lineup, viagra good morning especially one who can move up to the second or third line depending on the tenor of the game.

Viagra good morning You would still have Mike Rupp around to handle the rough stuff so all you would need is a faceoff specialist to replace Halpern. Viagra good morning The veteran center is pretty much a forgotten man as he saw just over six minutes over six minutes of ice time against Philadelphia and then played 4:16 (on 10 shifts) against Toronto – and that wasn’t even the biggest indictment.

Viagra good morning The man who was brought in to be the Rangers “faceoff specialist” did not take one draw against the Maple Leafs. Viagra good morning With Halpern winning just 34.8% of his faceoffs, viagra good morning the meter might be running on Halpern.

Viagra good morning Sather has to do some roster juggling in order to get Tortorella some support players that he has confidence in giving ice time to. Viagra good morning There has to be a better balance of ice time between the “haves” or the “have nots”. Viagra good morning Interestingly enough, viagra good morning the skewed ice time concern is not a byproduct of the abbreviated season.

Viagra good morning The Rangers will be playing their 48-game schedule in 99 days – a tough feat to be sure. Viagra good morning However, viagra good morning the Rangers played their last 48 games last season in just 100 days. Viagra good morning While some might argue that this year’s version as it “easier” because they didn’t play 34 games previous to that stretch, viagra good morning the one thing last year’s squad had – and this year’s team is missing – is a full training camp where Tortorella could condition his team the way he wanted them conditioned.

Viagra good morning The Rangers “need” to make roster moves almost reached critical mass following the win over the Flyers at the Garden. Viagra good morning However, viagra good morning with Ryan Callahan’s shoulder subluxation costing him 10-14 days a major crisis was adverted. Viagra good morning Even if Cally’s injury causes him to miss 3-4 weeks, viagra good morning the Blueshirts are still ahead of the game compared to the Ottawa Senators.

Viagra good morning The Rangers 2012 first round foe will be without Jason Spezza for at least two months as the Ottawa center faces surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back.

Viagra good morning While the Rangers appear to have dodged a bullet in the short term in respect to Callahan’s injury, viagra good morning Rick Carpiniello of the Journal News did throw a scare into Rangers fans.

Viagra good morning IN a January 30, viagra good morning 2013 Rangers Report Blog entry, viagra good morning Carpiniello reminded fans that former captain Barry Beck also suffered a shoulder subluxation that haunted him throughout his career as he battled recurring shoulder problems and faced many surgeries before finally retiring. Viagra good morning On the plus side, viagra good morning medical science has improved over the years so hopefully Callahan’s injury is a short term concern with no major long term repercussions.

Viagra good morning My hesitation theme comes full circle as we address the Rangers hesitant ways in terms of their on ice play. Viagra good morning The bane of the Blueshirts existence continues to be their woeful power play.

Viagra good morning After sleepwalking their way to yet another home loss to the Penguins, viagra good morning the Rangers power play sits tied for 26th in the NHL with three goals in 28 chances (10.7 %). Viagra good morning

Viagra good morning With Pittsburgh employing a passive penalty kill, viagra good morning the last thing the Rangers needed to do was continue with their hesitant and tentative play on the power play. Viagra good morning If an opponent is being aggressive on the penalty kill it almost forces a power play to be more aggressive – and that tends to open up more scoring chances.

Viagra good morning When the penalty killers are not being aggressive, viagra good morning a team can be lulled to sleep – and that is a recipe for disaster when you are a team like the Rangers who tend to be more passive/hesitant on the power play to begin with.

Viagra good morning “There are a couple of things that are key to a good power play. Viagra good morning First and foremost is puck movement. Viagra good morning Our puck movement has been too slow. Viagra good morning And when we do get into a situation where we can move it, viagra good morning we’re holding on to it too long and the penalty killers can adjust, viagra good morning” Tortorella said. Viagra good morning

Viagra good morning “Then there’s also movement without the puck. Viagra good morning Players need to jump into spots. Viagra good morning We’re all sitting on the outside and we’re not jumping into holes to, viagra good morning again, viagra good morning make the penalty killers react. Viagra good morning The whole key with a power play is reading the defense and taking what they give you. Viagra good morning And you can’t even get to that step if you’re all on the outside. Viagra good morning The penalty killers aren’t going to move. Viagra good morning They’re going to keep to the middle and keep you on the outside.”

Viagra good morning I don’t think anyone would disagree or be surprised with what Torts said. Viagra good morning What is most surprising about Tortorella’s comments is that he made them to John Dellapina of the Daily News on October 15, viagra good morning 1999 when Tortorella was an Assistant coach with the Rangers. Viagra good morning

Viagra good morning By the way, viagra good morning kudos to Adam Rotter for SNY for digging up that original article and posting it on his SNY Rangers blog .

Viagra good morning This quote shows that Tortorella is not lost when it comes to drawing up a successful power play. Viagra good morning He has been able to get his players to buy into a defensive responsibility first style of play, viagra good morning but for some reason, viagra good morning there is a big disconnect when it comes to running the power play. Viagra good morning

Viagra good morning The Rangers lack of power play success is not from a lack of talent. Viagra good morning Rather, viagra good morning it is from a lack of execution in terms of doing what the coach is preaching and has preached in the past.

Viagra good morning The Rangers slow start is disappointing – especially in terms of the abbreviated 48-game schedule. Viagra good morning However, viagra good morning it is not like last year’s team stormed out of the box. Viagra good morning The 2011-2012 Blueshirts opened the season 0-2-1 and 3-3-3 before winning five games in a row and 10 of 12.

Viagra good morning The last word belongs to the coach. Viagra good morning While he was talking specifically about the power play back in October 1999, viagra good morning the following quote from Tortorella pretty much sums up his job as we hit February 2013.

Viagra good morning “But coaching is not just enduring the bad streaks and enjoying the good ones. Viagra good morning It’s shortening the former without making panicky moves and lengthening the latter by not overlooking warning signs. Viagra good morning It’s a very important thing that, viagra good morning through the schedule and into the playoffs, viagra good morning you come back and touch on the basics, viagra good morning” Tortorella explained to Dellapina. Viagra good morning

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