"I have talked to a lot of the players this summer and everyone is so excited to start playing for (Alain Vigneault)"-@DBrassard16— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) July 25, 2013
...the guys and I talked about Brassard's quote during our Spreecast last night (watch replay here). Having a fresh start and clean slate with a new coach would be exciting for anyone. Especially for the Rangers after hearing about the locker room turmoil under Tortorella. Throw in the fact that AV will absolutely open up the offense this season and you can see why guys like Brassard, Nash, Kreider and Del Zotto would be downright giddy about their new guy behind the bench.
...i could also see some guys who had success in Torts' philosophy have some trepidation about a new coach coming in. Guys like Callahan, Girardi and McDonagh flourished under their former head coach, so they might be a little less enthusiastic going into camp.
I'm excited to see if McDonagh can break out offensively in AV's system. I think McDonagh is going to be one of the best 2way defensemen in the league for many years too come. I've heard him compared to Nik Lidstrom... He's obviously got the defensive part of his game down, could you imagine if he produced offensively the way hr does defensively!?
Blake Wheeler just signed: 6 years....33.5 Million. No chance now of signing Steps for less than 5M per.
In the final analysis the Rangers may still not have the requisite combination of talent, size, speed and toughness to compete with the big boys in a seven game series, but in a more open system at least they will be fun to watch - and so long as you have Hank in net you will have a puncher's chance.
There aren't 10 hockey players that I have ever seen play that would have succeeded under the conditions Kreider came in under. To assume his start was an illusion or that so many people have misjudged his talent makes no sense. He didn't just get thrown into the deep end he had lead skates on. We need expectations for him that reflect his age and his experience. Anything more than that and we are setting ourselves up for disappointment and him for failure.
I can't wait for next season!! I should think it will be awesome to see our great skaters open it up and let it fly....
I need 10 minutes with Cally and a couple beers to know how I feel about this team. Couple Strohs (do they still make Strohs?) and a chat and I would know. There are always some students in the class that are aware of things the teachers aren't, and not utilizing that is insanity. If Cally is happy then I am happy. My old lady instincts say we are going to have a remarkable season.
"...i could also see some guys who had success in Torts' philosophy have some trepidation about a new coach coming in. Guys like Callahan, Girardi and McDonagh flourished under their former head coach, so they might be a little less enthusiastic going into camp."
Huh? You're talking about three players that would've flourished under any system or coach, including a defensive minded screaming asshole.
Under Torts, Cally got hurt every year playing defensively and still managed 29 goals 2 years ago, Girardi got more bruises than a crate of bananas dropped off a cliff, and McDonagh played 75 minutes per night but never on the PP. I'd say these guy will be just as excited to play under AV. The Rangers docs may not be so excited as they will have less to do ;-) A more open style may not be so beneficial to guys like Boyle, Asham, and Powe, which is likely why the latter 2 were waived.
I think its gonna be a really good year for this team. Obviously they need to stay healthy but with the somewhat disappointing result of last season this team definitely has to prove that 2011/12 wasn't a fluke.
@IcyCup I just felt Torts' scheme fit their games perfectly. You never know how players may perform in a new system. Not every player is always happy about a coaching change.
And I'm not saying those three aren't, but just giving food for thought on a Friday in July.
@gravey94 While very true, all three have made a name for themselves in the league in large part because of how they played under Torts.
@KevinDeLury @gravey94 Sure they made their names, but it looks to me to be more nature than nurture under Torts. Cally started to ht his stride 08'-09', Girardi was the same before Torts, but got more minutes under him, and McDonagh never played for anyone else. I could maybe see Girardi struggle a bit because his foot speed is not great, but I doubt the other 2 will.
@IcyCup We can only hope.