One of John Tortorella's most-used catchphrases is "Team Concept". In simple terms, this is the blueprint for how the Rangers go about their business, including their style of play on the ice.
The question here is can Tortorella and assistants Mike Sullivan, Jim Schoenfeld, and Benoit Allaire implement everything they need to in a span of less than a week before the Blueshirts kick off the NHL regular season?
The simple answer is No, really no team---not just the Rangers---will be able to accomplish that.
However the Rangers may have an advanatge here because the true core of this team has been together under Tortorella for several years---many dating back to his hire as 34th head coach in franchise history on February 23, 2009. And that continuity means two things: 1) there will be no major surprises regarding strategy or playing style for most of these players, and 2) Tortorella has a whole host of soldiers to reinforce his meesage and teachings to newcomers Rick Nash, Arron Asham, Jeff Halpern, Taylor Pyatt, and, to some degree, rookie Chris Kreider.
Add to the mix that Nash, Asham, Halpern, and Pyatt are all established veteran NHL players, and one would think they would adapt pretty quickly to the Rangers way of playing.
But as with any team, how quickly all parts mesh will be vital to the success of the Rangers this year, especially with the schedule reduced to 48 games. So every minute of ice-time and time in the classroom and video-room will be crucial during training camp for Tortorella and his players.
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