Fans were made aware at the February trade deadline that the New York Rangers were entering a rebuilding phase with younger players and a new head coach leading the way to ensure that the Blue Shirts can once again be playoffs contenders. However, at the moment, the Rangers are not getting the results they were hoping for. So far this season, the Rangers are 0-3 and head coach David Quinn appears to be sending out strong messages to his players…
On Saturday against the Buffalo Sabres, Quinn made the controversial move of nailing forward Kevin Hayes to the bench for long stretches of the last two periods. On Sunday in Raleigh it was Kevin Shattenkirk who ended up playing three short shifts in the last two periods, none after another defensive-zone gaffe on the seventh Carolina goal with 8:29 left.
The Hurricanes beat the Rangers to a 8-5 final score and Quinn wanted his team to know that he is not afraid of using younger players instead of veteran players. Quinn wanted to spark things up and got defenseman Tony DeAngelo involved, rolling out a Rangers lineup Sunday night with 11 forwards and seven defensemen. DeAngelo, who came in handy as Shattenkirk was stapled to the bench, ended the night with a pair of assists in a physical 17:34 of ice time in his season debut despite the loss.
You can see the game recap in the video above.
To make matters worse, it seems that Shattenkirk could be a healthy scratch for Thursday night’s contest against the San Jose Sharks after he ended up playing a career low 7:29 in the last game.
However rinkside reporter for FOX Sports Andy Strickland wonders if Quinn is not pushing the panic button a little too early in the season and wonders if it is because of the new head coach’s lack of experience in the National Hockey League.
Quinn is surely experimenting a lot with his roster, already having scratched Vladislav Namestnikov for one game. Obviously, things are expected to change in New York, but we guess not everyone is ready for the significant moves and changes Quinn is making to test his players.
Some fans wonder if that’s what the Rangers need while others are asking, like Strickland, if Quinn is already in panic mode…
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