Torts announces that #Canucks have hired Mike Sullivan and Glen Gulutzan as Assistant Coaches.— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) July 24, 2013
...while it's way too easy to make jokes about how the Sedin twins will magically forget how to score on the power play immediately after this announcement, reader jmacwilli makes a great point about this in the comments secontion of my "Girardi"post. What happens if the Canucks power play, which dropped to 22nd last season, rebounds as a top 10 squad next season?
...the Lightning power play was a force under Sullivan, while the Rangers power play was just as dreadful under Renney, so if the Blueshirts extra man continues to struggle under AV while the Canucks have a resurgence, who the hell are we supposed to blame? And you almost can't say the players, because the only leftover from the Renney era is Lundqvist.
Any pp with zubov and leetch is a fantastic one. Add messier kovalev and graves in front creating traffic. Doesn't get better than that. Just watch the 94 playoff run and see how lethal that duo was.
Friend just sent me that... exactly why I am afraid of that last game on our schedule...
Stop Blaming and let the coaches coach and the players play, jeez no wonder the NYR's only win a cup once every 50 years or so
like frank just said its the players, our PP, has been dismal for yrs, no matter who the coach was, it hasnt been good or lethal since leetch n zubov manned the oint
The coaches do not pass the puck. The coaches do not shoot the puck. It is up to the players to execute. Neither Torts nor Sullivan are on the ice to shoot and pass. Rest assured neither of them is clueless or else the Canuckleheads wouldn't have just inked the two of em.
If you want to point fingers point em at the guys that are supposed to be out there and get stuff done. Richards was supposed to be the PP QB...who knows maybe he'll figure it out this year. Maybe Del Zotto or Moore or McDonaugh will finally figure out how to QB a PP better. Maybe Stepan can take another step forward.
It's still the players! There is really limited offensive talent on this Rangers team. I think they are trying to fix that with the young guys, but it will take some time.
Torts is going to go from being, what, the 7th most scrutinized coach in a city (after 2 football, 2 basketball, 2 baseball coaches/managers) to the MOST scrutinized coach in a city. If they get off to a slow start his pressors will be hilarious.
Fyi: Rangers - Caps entire 7 game playoff is on NHL network all day today. Game 3 is about to start and game seven is at 10:00
Um, the Rangers PP was ranked 8th for Renney's 1st 2 seasons (18.9% & 18.5%) then tanked the next season and a half, coincidentally right at the time Scott Gomez joined the team. Sullivan had 1 season in Tampa where the PP was ranked 5th (19.3%) with Lecavalier, St. Louis, Boyle, Prospal, Richards, and Kuba leading the way. His other seasons as head and assistant coach, his PP teams hit 18% once (09'-10' Rangers) and the rest were in the bottom half of the league. We can blame him all we want, but if players don't click, the PP is gonna suck, period. Hopefully our guys can find a bit of chemistry this year. If they do, of course the lack of success in the past will be blamed on Sullivan...LOL!
How about the players. They have been doing power plays since Pee Wee hockey.. They are the ones who have to put the puck in the net.. Enough excuses... They are getting paid big money, they are the ones who should take the blame!
Maybe us New York fans have Averied the Rangers. All those years of "shoot the puck," which sounds more like a threat than a suggestion.
@james56 Wait, the Rangers have only won one Cup in the last 65 years because the fans complain about the power play?
@jayhenington They had Nash, Gaborik and Richards on the power play last season! That's limited offensive talent!
@AnnoyingJoe no doubt. the first star player getting injured from blocking a shot is going to lead to press conference GOLD.
@shishya100 nice! i missed game 7 because I was on a damn airplane, the only game all year i didnt see.
don't even bring any of that stuff in here
@gravey94 Thank you for this common sense.
@gravey94 All I'm saying is there has been a ton of players come through the Rangers locker room the last seven seasons (under Renney & Torts) and no one has been able to figure it out. How about we just blame Sather?
@shoot_the_goalie I suspect that he was instructed to hire a second assistant or else.
@shoot_the_goalie Schoenfeld was technically an assistant under Torts.
@Frank Curto not sure what money has to do with it. the guys on the PK against are also making serious coin too.
@JMK8363 im gonna have to go ahead and agree with you on this one, if his puck handling skills werent terrible he would definitely be able to put the egg in the basket
@KevinDeLury @gravey94 That's my point too. Jagr-Nylander-Straka had it figured out. For the life of me, I never understand why PP units have to be different than regular line units??? If a line combo works during 5 on 5, then it stands to reason it would work that much better with a man advantage. But these coaches think they have to get different combos out there. I do think McDonagh will get more PP time this year as he won't be on the ice all the time in other situations and I could see him being a real good fit!
@gravey94 @KevinDeLury Jagr-Nylander-Straka had a sick chemistry. It was like the Czechmates, but with more talent. With that said, the first 2 years under Renney were right after the lockout and the rule changes. It wasn't until after 2-3 years after the rule changes that you started to see everyone and their mothers collapse in front of the net on the PK. It's become much harder to score goals on the PP than ever before with all the clogged up shooting/passing lanes.
I was watching Summer Ice on MSG the other day, and watching the NYI against the NYR games back in the late 80's/early 90's. It's amazing to me how much more open ice there was, especially on the PP. Tic Tac Toe powerplay goals were much more common it seems. Today, those types of plays seem pretty rare cause it's virtually impossible to get a pass through the low slot area.
@gravey94 @KevinDeLury But look at the personnel Torts had to work with: Nash, Gaborik and Richards who were all money on the power play for the team they played with prior to coming to the Rangers. To me the system just seemed all wrong under Torts/Sully. No one in front. Never feeding the slot. etc.
@JMK8363 If Hank scores a goal next year, give him the max contract cause that'll prove he can do it all!