Yesterday on the Michael Kay Show, John Tortorella was asked about what has plagued the team this seaosn and caused their inconsistency.
Tortorella spoke, as he has done this season, about how the Rangers lost the middle of their lineup with Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Brandon Dubinsky, John Mitchell, Ruslan Fedotenko and Brandon Prust.
Tortorella said that no one in the organization could foresee the Rangers missing those players as much as they do this season and that when they lost those players, they lost the “hardness” that they need to play with.
Even with that, Tortorella said that you make the trade for Rick Nash 10 times out of 10, “no question” because it is much easier to fix the middle of the lineup than it is to get a player like Rick Nash.
He then said “It’s easy to say that they went to the Conference Finals and they picked up Rick Nash, so now they should be in the Stanley Cup and win it. It doesn’t work that way. We have lost some components.”
Tortorella said that he was starting to see some improvements in the middle of the lineup with Chris Kreider and JT Miller and the last thing the organization can do is “get into a panic mode.”