New York Rangers forward Carl Hagelin has his own thoughts about his ability on the power play after coach John Tortorella made it abundantly clear -- and I mean abundantly -- that he thinks the young winger “stinks” on the power play.
Tortorella, who said Hagelin was too quick and too much of a "jitterbug" to be effective on the power play, utterred the phrase "stinks on the power play" about eight times Saturday when asked why he doesn't use the offensively skilled Hagelin on the man-advantage more.
Naturally, Hagelin feels otherwise.
“I definitely don’t think I stink on the power play,” Hagelin told the Bergen Record Monday. “That’s the only comment I have on the PP.”
I guess that settles that.
Well, no, but with or without Hagelin, how much worse could New York’s power play be? The Rangers are 2 for 36 in the playoffs, worst among remaining teams by a lot with a power-play percentage of 5.6. Chicago is the next closest with a 15.8 percent success rate on the man advantage.
Tortorella’s rant did end with the coach saying he may use Hagelin in power-play situations after all.
Hagelin has five points in the playoffs so far and had 24 during the regular season, so he couldn't possibly make that already disastrous power play any worse.