In the NY Post, Rick Nash spoke about how every player on the Rangers understands that without a proper defensive structure, they won’t be able to create offense.
Nash said, “We’re thinking defense first and we’re trying to gain all of our offense from defense. No matter what line you’re on, that’s how you approach it.”
John Tortorella has said for the past two seasons that the Rangers defense is the key to their ability to create offense.
Dave Maloney, on ESPN Radio last night, talked about how playing for john Tortorella requires a complete buy-in to the concept, “If you are outside the box at all you have a tough time playing for the coach. As this thing kind of rolls along you get the feeling that guys are falling into line. It takes time for a coach to trust a player in certain situations.”