Thursday, November 7, 2013
Hey Jarmo! You Didn't Re-Sign Our Top Scorer!! Game 15: Rangers
Dan Hinote. Yeah, you. I'm talking to you. Keith Acton had the PK last year and it was great. What's your role? Is this your program? It's not getting it done. If you don't have veins popping out of your forehead when they practice the PK, you won't be long in this league. The same players are bad on the PK this year that were good on the PK last year. That's on you. If it doesn't make you stay up at night, it should start now. This team's keeping me up, as a fan, for all the wrong reasons.
The Rangers came in here and played a fraction of the game that they played against the Penguins last night. Callaghan doesn't interfere with the goal tender, but does the best Tomas Holmstrom imitation I've seen this year, and the Rangers come away with a power play goal. Letestu puts an unfortunate own goal past Bob, and that's all they need.
I loved Ryan Murray's goal after the Letestu own goal. I swear he put it through the pipe. When this kid gets pissed, he shoots the puck HARD. That made me feel good. He's still a rookie, and makes mistakes, which I can forgive. He's got all the right stuff. Go Murray, go. As a snarky, grumpy old man, I totally appreciate what you are doing. Let it flow kid, and don't pay attention to any of that crap above. That's reserved for the veterans, who are not performing at your level. Jack Johnson. <cough>
Grandma, you owe me big for this not being an expletive laced rant. But ground rules are ground rules. But you owe me adult beverages, and I mean plural. Because I am pissed off about this game. If last night's Rangers would have come in here I would have said they earned the game. We let them skate by with a fraction, a win, and a dramatically lessened playoff opportunity in a mediocre Metro Division.
Jarmo, this one's on you. You tried to fix something that wasn't broke at the trade deadline. We nearly succeeded in spite of that last year. But what you bought to fix the problem is even worse. It's on you from here brother. Fix it or wear it. I'll be watching. Because I'm an STH, and I damn well care.
I think the players do to. I think they care, and I think they try. Well, maybe except Gaborik, who should be playing in the slot, but wants to play on the boards. We had Dorsett to play on the boards. We don't need Gaborik on the boards, because he routinely loses those battles. We don't need him in the crease. That's Boone's job when he returns. The slot should be his territory, and when he is there, he passes instead of shooting. So fix it Jarmo.
Rant complete. Carry on.