Update, 12:47 p.m.:
Pat Leonard at the Daily News reports that the Rangers might not be done hiring assistants.
Reports have stated that goaltending coach Benoit Allaire will be retained.
...so the Rangers are going to go from two guys on the bench to like seven?!?!?!
NEWS: The #NYR have named Ulf Samuelsson and Scott Arniel assistant coaches— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) July 3, 2013
When asked about his ideal style of defensive play, Samuelsson told Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record...
"No one screening the goalie, no one getting rebounds."
...and somewhere Henrik Lundqvist is smiling.
...one of the biggest reasons Rangers fans despised Tortorella's shock blocking scheme were the goals that either deflected off of defenders passed Lundqvist or were due to screens. If Lundqvist can see it, he will save it. Period.
Samuelsson, who was also at prospects camp yesterday, added that being a head coach in Sweden was good for his development and he wanted to get back to NHL in some capacity.
Arniel was not at the MSG training facility today.
...still not excited about the Arniel hiring because of his past issues with Brassard. As Adam said yesterday, Sather likely spoke with Brassard about the hiring, but my concern is that he merely gave him a heads-up and didn't ask for his input. Now, should one player's feelings on a coach determine whether the Rangers hire the person or not? Of course not, but Brassard, who led the Rangers in playoff scoring last year, seemed like a different player in New York, so why would they create an environment that could possibly stunt his improved play? Seems like an unnecessary risk.
OK, just that one comment and Ulf's won me over!!! On the Arniel issue MHO is these boys are professionals. Everyone wants the same thing here. The past is the past. On to bigger and better things, and besides Arniel is just the assistant LGR!
The defense would let opposing players stand in front of Lundqvist way too long. Of course I can tell it wasn't the fault of the players, but the defensive strategy they were using. It's one of the many things that have had me raging every game.
I don't agree with all the Brassard talk. He's a player. He needs to accept the fact that he'snot always going to like his coach or assistant coach. Do we really think that Arniel just had it out for Brassard in Columbus and wanted to make an example of him? Or is it possible that Brassard didn't work as hard as he should have been and found himself in the Chateau d' Bow Wow?? Perhaps there was a little feeling of entitlement going on because a #6 draft pick felt he should have been playing? To me, it's infinitely more important that AV feels comfy with his Assistant coaches. This guy was the coach of the Canucks AHL team. I'm sure he has a good working relationship with AV, which is likely why he's here. Ulfie is here to take over the defense, and my guess is the 3rd guy will be some sort of PP specialist in the sky.
I think Vigneault likes two on the bench with him and one in the press box so that's why they may hire one more. At least that's what I remember reading somewhere...
OK, sounds good on paper, but how do you make that strategy work when Lucic camps his big butt right in front of Henrik??
"No one screening the goalie, no one getting rebounds." -
I'll see how it is when it happens. Torts wanted the exact same thing. I'm sure Renney wanted the same too.
@NH_NYR_88 one of several reasons I did not want Torts here. For a guy with his savvy why not just let the best goalie in the league play. Now he's got Cybil Luongo - that D strategy should work out just fine up there.
@gravey94 From what I heard and what I posted in the original blog is that Brass's effort was inconsistent in the eyes of the coaching staff - just what I heard, I don't follow CBJ. I didn't see any signs of that here, at least from the games I watched.
@dook83 Suit up Ulfie.
@dook83 Hank should have a taser.
That's why they acquired Faulk from the Wild. They need size on Defense. At least one player that can clear the way for Hank. I don't know if they plan on using Faulk as the 6th Defensman or if he's a depth player to fill in for an injury. Wether or not they need another rather large Dman depends on that. The need is for an every day 6th Defensman. A bottom pairing guy and maybe we could find a right handed shot. Man all the lefties on the Rangers blue line is mind blowing.
@dook83 Slash to the back of the knee usually works pretty well.
That's why Clowe was brought in. He's our Dustin Penner. From a year ago. Not this past season. Clowe does his job during the season and can quietly put up 15-20 goals but in the playoffs. He can win games for you. He scores in droves in the playoffs. Big game player. He had a bump on the head and the NHL makes you take time off. I had a couple concussions playing ice hockey and I wasn't skating off the ice on my own. I was flopping around because I had no idea where I was. It's like a reset button is pressed in your head. I was also told, I couldn't play anymore or I could permanently injure myself. He's playing again. Then there's no way he had 3 concussions and is playing this season. No way. He will be fine! Sign him. Be smart Sather.
@gravey94 That would be awesome! All of a sudden you see some guy flopping around on the ice like a fish out of water.
@NYRFan_RF1 Komisarek would be a nice stopgap until McIlrath is ready to crack some skulls! Big, tough 6/7 D guy, probably comes fairly cheap. Sather would have to move someone in a trade, but he's probably thinking that anyway.
@NYRFan_RF1 McIlrath is a righty; and i think they want to give him a long look in september.
Is Faulk that guy? Or is he to play in AHL until further notice? If so, they're not done shopping for Back End help. They need that nasty defenseman with some size to him. 215lb and up. A guy who is willing to stick up for the other defenseman by dropping his gloves. We lost that with Sauer.
I think they're all set on the back end now. At least as far as free agents go. Like you said they'd have to move someone somewhere which makes little sense. There's no one that we could put on waivers. That's not to say they won't scoup up a forward somewhere but Faulk about does it. Eminger could come back but he was a Torts guy and wouldn't be surprised to see him land in Vancouver.
The Faulk trade was smart because he's only 24 and there's not much behind McIlrath. Not for a few years anyway. Komisarek wouldn't be a terrible signing. He was on a 5 year 22 mil contract that the Leafs signed him to. I don't know what they were thinking but if he would play on a 1 or 2 year deal and a mil - 1.5 mil contract. I'd say why not. Right? He's 6'4" 235lbs and eats up PIMS! I think we're good but another defenseman can't hurt. You can never have enough defenseman ready to play NHL TOI.
I hope you're right! Nothing is better for a teams success short and long term. Of course the Rangers could use a righty (or two) on the blue line but his size and physicallity have been absent since Sauer went down. However, if the Rangers collectively thought he'd make the team out of camp. Then why pick up Faulk. Who's just as large as McIlrath but lacks the nasty bruising game. It is said he works smarter not harder. I'd rather he stay in Hartford until needed as a depth (7th) defenseman would. It seems like its only a matter of McIlraths skating that needs to improve. I'm sure he's working his butt off at it so we'll see. I sure hope you're right. The Rangers have a good solid group of kids ready to step in this year!