Rangers too comfortable – need to make a change
“This has got to change. We can’t just go through the motions, win a game, lose a game, and hope [other teams] do something for us, and life is good,” Brad Richards said after the Blueshirts pleaded Nolo Contendere against the Caps and neophyte netminder Philipp Grubauer.
“You dig yourself into these situations, sometimes it’s going to take some time or it’s going to take something to get you out of it,” the alternate captain said. “We’re going to have to get a little uncomfortable here and get out of our comfort zone.
“We are just floating along, and it’s getting old.”
Richards was not calling for a personnel shake-up, he made that clear when directly asked by The Post, but the onus is on general manager Glen Sather to do something to shake up the Blueshirts, and sooner rather than later.
“Personnel decisions are up to management, I’m not saying we need a change there, that’s not my department,” Richards said. “It’s up to the players to wake each other up.
“The coach can only do so much no matter who it is or what team it is. It comes from within the locker room,” he told The Post. “We’re obviously way too comfortable. There was no passion out there.”
Coach Alain Vigneault referred twice to “the personnel we have now.” The personnel could change by Monday afternoon, if not by Tuesday night when the Predators come to the Garden, for the Blueshirts clearly need an infusion of energy.