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Contrary to Tortorella, Hagelin says he ‘definitely’ doesn’t stink on power play

May 20, 2013, 5:06 PM EDT

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Two days after his head coach said he “stinks” on the power play, Carl Hagelin defended himself.

“For me, I definitely don’t think I stink on the power play,” Hagelin told the Bergen Record. “That’s the only comment I have on the PP.”

All this stink talk comes from Saturday, when Tortorella explained why he doesn’t use Hagelin — New York’s fifth-leading scorer during the regular season — on the man advantage.

“Because he stinks on the power play,” Torts explained. “I don’t know why. I wish I could play him on the power play. Every time I put him on, he stinks.

“I think he’s too quick,. I think he’s a jitterbug and he screws it up. But I may use him — I’d love to. And I’m not trying to be a smart aleck. He stinks on the power play every time I put him on there.”

History is not on the side of the young Swede. Hagelin’s scored just one PPG in 112 career contests.

Though to be fair, he gets about as many PP opportunities during the regular season as he does during the playoffs.

The 24-year-old averaged just 1:02 of power play time per game this season — 11th among Ranger forwards — and got even less as a rookie, averaging a mere 22 seconds per night.

The bottom line might be that the Rangers’ power play is beyond what Hagelin and Tortorella think.

New York is now 2-for-36 with the man advantage this postseason, a woeful 5.6 conversion percentage.

  1. biffnasty - May 20, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    find it pretty amusing hagelin gettin singled out for stinking on the PP when the ENTIRE powerplay is just God awful

  2. jb8383 - May 20, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    It’s completely ridiculous and disrespectful that he would say this to the entire media. John Tortorella, the epitome of class. How could anyone want to play for him?

    • 950003cups - May 20, 2013 at 6:59 PM

      Funny you mention that since Hagelin is an RFA this year. Restricted or not, this will complicate his desire to remain in NY. Tortorella doesn’t have the status to be calling out anyone in this league. There are very few coaches alive who have/had that status:

      Larry Robinson
      Daryl Sutter
      Joel Quenville
      Mike Babcock
      Ken Hitchcock
      Jacques Lemaire
      Mike Keenan
      Scotty Bowman
      Glen Sather

      • tdrusher225 - May 20, 2013 at 9:05 PM

        Mike Keenan sucks. I agree with your main point though.

      • pajabroni - May 20, 2013 at 11:13 PM

        give herb brooks that status too, not sure he ever did it though. I am too young to recall

  3. titansbro - May 20, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    How could any player stand playing for this guy? He’s a jackass who runs his mouth way too much.

  4. hockeyflow33 - May 20, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Odd way to motivate your guys

  5. domdogsbk85 - May 20, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    hagelin since last year has been a huge part of this ranger team, despite his size the guy is relentless on the wall and amazes me how well he controls the puck in the corners and around the net. Him along with kreider need steady time on the pp, our so called money players are just overthinking. You know its bad when after the game the coach says the pp was better. NO torts is gets better when you score some god damn goals… lets go rangers

  6. imleftcoast - May 20, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    If the powerplay stinks, I’d say that was the coach’s fault. Middle of the pack might be personnel, but not stinks.

  7. gaborik104life - May 20, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    First off the pp is horrendous. That much is known and will likely cost us the series and I have been saying it from the last series that if they do not get it going the chances of them coming out of the series are slim to none and slim just walked out the door. Torts comment on Hagelin were out of line, dumb, other words. However he does have a point. What makes hagelin an effective player is his speed. On the pp speed is not supposed to be the main trait of the players on the ice. Size for the front of the net, skill all around are traits to a good pp and in that regards Hagelin who has decent skill and no size makes it clear he should not be on the pp.

  8. jaredo10 - May 20, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    bye bye tortz you clown. first you disrespect the media all the time. you disrespect the fan base here in NY and now u disrespect one of u hardest working players for u ? FCK out of here u rat lookin basturd you are ruining this teammm

  9. 950003cups - May 20, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    Of course when I pointed out yesterday that Tortorella is and always has been a tool, tons of his sympathizers came like typical haters and fought with me over it. But after getting a beat down a few hours later by Boston, they’re in hiding. Don’t hate on me cause I’m a Devils fan.


    • johnstone17 - May 20, 2013 at 7:29 PM

      I asked you a question yesterday & you chose not to answer. Why are you as a Devils fan, so worried about the Rangers? As a Ranger fan, I’m told I should be jealous of the Devils & yet, I’m one of the few that loves having the Devils here, feel no jealousy at their success & always wants them to be success & making the playoffs. It makes hockey here in the tri state area better when all three locals have good seasons. But you just have this whole “thing” I can’t quite understand. Why worry about a team when your team hase been more successful over the last 20 years?

      • 950003cups - May 20, 2013 at 7:50 PM

        I thought I answered it. Maybe I was gonna and forgot.

        I have a problem with John Tortorella constantly disrespecting the fans, media, and players. He’s an embarrassment to the league. Not a good example to fringe sports fans at all. I have no issue with the Rangers. Had he been the head coach of Tampa still, I’d still be disgusted with him.

      • johnstone17 - May 20, 2013 at 8:08 PM

        I’m no fan of his either. I just wouldn’t pay attention to him if he were elsewhere.

  10. pastabelly - May 20, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    Who stinks at coaching a power play?

  11. capsfan19 - May 20, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    Hey he can come play on the caps pp. 😉

  12. capsfan19 - May 20, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    Seriously id be down with adding him ha

  13. bronxsanman - May 20, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    The thing that stinks about our power play is the staff running it.what a dam joke.lets see, we’re having trouble scoring on it so lets give guys like Brian Boyle the bulk of the time and sit a kid who might actually score like say Chris Kreider. Or maybe he can try burying Brad Richards more so he has someone else to blame other than himself. Tortorellas act has worn very thin. Once the season is over I hope he’s the first thing gone. I have never seen any other coach hold his talented players back like this guy. Would any coach in their right mind ask Gretzky or Lemieux or Selanne to block shots? That’s what he expected from Jagr and Gaborik. He cannot coach young talent at all. He sucks

  14. sportsfan69 - May 20, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    Can somebody tell me why Phil Housely is not getting serious consideration for a head coaching job? Can we get rid of the Turd, Tortorella. I’m sure Stephan, Kneider, JT Miller, Hagelin would welcome it.

    • johnstone17 - May 21, 2013 at 8:08 AM

      Housely or Mike Haviland. The air needs to be cleared within that locker room.

  15. sheckyrimshot - May 20, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    i really hope this toolbox doesnt end up within forty miles of the team usa coaching staff.

  16. hockeyfan763 - May 21, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    950003cups, You want to know why people on here jump on your posts ? Because you are overly concerned with a team you don’t root for and a team you put down at every opportunity. Here’s an analogy…If your brother does something really stupid and a kid from the neighborhood starts riding him about it all the time, regardless of the fact your brother was wrong, you will defend him because he’s your brother. Nobody cares what you think of Tortarella and the Rangers. Worry about your team. When they play again, NEXT season……

    • 950003cups - May 21, 2013 at 10:29 AM

      You know want to know why you’re irrelevant and nobody cares what you have to say? Because you are overly concerned about me and what I write instead of talking about hockey or the topic du jour.

  17. jimthebear - May 21, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    How would they notice that he stinks? THEY ALL STINK.. How’s that Power play working out for ya there Tortilla? Being from Boston and a big Bruin far, keep doing what you have been. Boston supports you 100%!

  18. vwt2013 - May 21, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Torts is great and the ny figure skaters ahem rangers don’t deserve him.

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