One of the posters on HockeyRodent’s message boards, who goes by the handle “Chimp”, had this to say about the New York Rangers in particular and the NHL in general. I asked if I could quote him, Since he didn’t say no, I took his nonresponse as approval. This person is from Europe. Not sure which country. I believe it gives one some insight into what non-North Americans think and speaks volumes. For what it’s worth:
I’m sort of bailing ship right in the middle of the playoffs. Watching that World Championships tournament was a serious wakeup call for me. Less hitting, yes, but goddamn, they actually played some hockey. They passed the puck, connected with more than 2(!!) passes in a row, used the D-men to restart the attack to try to enter the zone with puck possession, the cycling game actually lead to something constructive, I just loved it.
No grinding along the boards for 50 minutes where nothing happens. No dumping the puck for the automatic backcheck. More than 3 legit scoring chances during an entire game. Not 0/2000 on the PP. Not blocking 90% of every shot fired. Not horrible ice where the puck bounces around like it has its own life.
Today’s NHL and the Rangers/ Boston especially? It now feels as agony to watch them play. I couldn’t even bear myself to watch game 2 even when it was an evening game here, because I knew it would suck from a quality standpoint, I knew I would be disappointed, I knew I would be frustrated and I knew I would not be entertained. It has been the same feeling this whole season.
I’ll see when I get an interest in Rangers hockey again, perhaps when Torts is fired and/ or when Bettman is. Because the NHL today is unwatchable from an entertainment standpoint, even as a hardcore hockey fan. Torts is single handedly sucking the interest of watching the Rangers play out of me (well obviously not true after that rant, but coaches like him still needs to go).
I’ll think I get my beauty sleep instead. I’ll chime in once and then and check how it goes, but no way in hell I’m watching another minute of NHL hockey like it’s played today. Something seriously needs to be done, because I honestly can’t waste sleep watching this.”