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Parenteau’s pair of goals prompts Torts to call Rangers “A sloppy team”

Feb 24, 2012, 11:04 PM EDT

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The New York Rangers’ anemic offense did OK on Friday, scoring three goals in a 4-3 shootout loss to the pesky New York Islanders. If you thought that effort made Rangers coach John Tortorella happy, well … you haven’t been following Tortorella much.

His statement after the game was quite simple, as ESPN’s Katie Strang reports:

“We’re a sloppy hockey team right now,” Tortorella said.

Tortorella ranks as one of the best coaches in the NHL, but there’s a small segment of Rangers fans who believe that his hard-driving style might burn him and/or his players out. This slight slow-down might be a good test for that theory.

Appreciation for P.A.

Tortorella’s comments deflect at least some praise for a great game by Islanders forward P.A. Parenteau, who has five points in his last four contests to push his season points total to 56.

If you want to make a sports snob’s blood boil, call a mildly under-praised player “underrated.” My guess is that even that hard-to-please crowd would mostly agree that Parenteau’s great play has gone under the radar, though.

Naturally, there’s the urge to call his run flukey for a few reasons.

1. I doubted Michael Grabner‘s success based on the following logic: sometimes a good player looks borderline great on a bad team because that guy’s getting more opportunities (and less criticism/surveillance) than he would on a more heavily scrutinized contender. Could that apply to Parenteau too?

2. Also like Grabner, his surprisingly strong run of play is coming in a contract year.

3.. At 28 years old, Parenteau already eclipsed last year’s career-high for points – and this is just the second season that he’s truly been able to “stick” at the NHL level.

Grabner was more streaky, however – he scored 41 points in 44 games after generating just 11 in his first 32 last season – while Parenteau’s been a bit steadier. Overall, I think Parenteau has a chance to be a consistent quality performer; the question is if he can approach this level with much frequency, though.

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Whether he’s breaking through or playing over his head for a single season, Parenteau deserves more attention for his strong work – even if he doesn’t stomp around and breathe fire like the guy who coached him for 22 games in 2009-10.

(Yup, Parenteau once played for the New York Rangers.)

  1. bcisleman - Feb 24, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    Fun Fact: PA has 56 points and was let go for nothing. Much bally-hooed FA Brad Richards, for whom the NYR mortgaged their franchise, has 40 points.

    Grabs is fine. He still creates his chances. He is on pace to get over 20 goals even if he doesnt have an explosion like he did last year. If he can refine his release and finishing technique. he can be a consistent 30-40 goal guy.

    • James O'Brien - Feb 24, 2012 at 11:34 PM

      Maybe 25-ish goals is good enough anyway, right?

      Kinda wonder if the Islanders would already be a playoff team in, say, the Southeast. Atlantic makes things tough for ‘em.

  2. gaborik104life - Feb 25, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    At bcisleman
    Fun Fact: You sign a defensemen in James wisnewski and trade him for jack then in the same year at the trade deadline much worse players are getting traded for more. Your d looks like that of an ahl team besides streit and hamonic.

    You also had the captain of the stanley cup team (Boston Bruins).

    You also had Roberto Luongo who went to the stanley cup and has some great stats. The following year after you sign him you draft Rick Dipietro first pick in the 2000 draft. You trade Luongo and Olli Jokinen for Mark parrish and Oleg Kvasha. Don’t think much needs to be said about how that turned out for you.

    Your owner is a joke. He does not even get the money from the people attending the games at the coliseum which he leases. Your gm is an embarrassment as are your fans.

    As for the rangers mortgaging the future you clearly have no idea what you are talking about. Also if your from NY you might wanna get the nhl package because the New york islanders are not gonna be on the island for long.

    Honestly if your gonna come on a site and rip other teams you should look at your own first. At least Sather’s turned excrement into gold. Gomez to montreal gave us a shutdown dman that is going to be better than any you currently have.

    You have some good pieces in J.T., Moulson and Grabner but what is going to happen if Nabby does not resign. Mind telling me how your rotation of Dp, poulin, Montoya and Nilson has been going because unless something happens in the off season that’s who your stuck with. Montoya has been good but he is not a starter. Parenteau is fake and is nothing on another team’s roster just because your team can’t bolster a real nhl roster doesn’t mean you found a star. It means you have to fill the twenty man quota. Grabner is extremely fast but his hands are absolutely terrible. He gets on a breakaway every game that I watch which is a few and most of the time does nothing.

    honestly any isles fan needs to look in the mirror but do it quickly cause it’ll break with the reflection of the isles logo on it.

  3. RoseTintedVisor - Feb 25, 2012 at 8:04 AM

    Last Post = Spilled Milk.

    Enjoyable.

  4. icelovinbrotha215 - Feb 25, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Could this be the Rangers peaking? Stay tuned…

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