Over the weekend, John Tortorella said that Carl Hagelin “stinks” on the power play.
Tortorella also said that he loves Hagelin, that he is effective in all other areas of the game and that he is a very important player on the team.
Yesterday, Hagelin responded, in the NY Times, to those comments and said “I definitely don’t think I stink on the power play.”
Hagelin said that he was a little surprised to hear the remarks because he hasn’t spent that much time on the PP this season.
In the playoffs, Hagelin ranks 15th on the Rangers in total power play time with 2 minutes and 37 seconds.
Chris Kreider has played a total of 2:47 on the PP, Taylor Pyatt has played 4:52 and Brian Boyle has played 20 minutes.
Rick Nash leads the Rangers in total PP time with over 37:3o.
In the regular season, Hagelin played a total of 49:37 on the power play which was ninth on the team.
During the broadcast on Sunday, Pierre McGuire, as noted by Bob Raissman in the Daily News, said that it wasn’t right for Tortorella to throw Hagelin “under the bus” for the power play struggles and that the issue is the scheme and not the personnel.
Adam Rotter: Carl Hagelin isn’t the reason why the Rangers power play is struggling nor did John Tortorella say he was the reason. Tortorella was asked why Hagelin, who is playing on the top line, doesn’t see more power play time. Tortorella answered that Hagelin “stinks” whenever he is put on the power play. That it. The issues with the power play fall on Tortorella, Mike Sullivan and the group of Rangers (Rick Nash, Brad Richards, Derek Stepan, Derick Brassard, Michael Del Zotto, Mats Zuccarello) who actually play on the power play.
Tortorella may have thrown him “under the bus” in terms of the power play, but no one brings up the rest of what Tortorella said which was, “I love the guy, he is such an effective player.He is a good player and very important to us. It just hasn’t worked out for him on the power play.”