Katie Strang at ESPN.com reports that the Rangers have not sought permission to speak with former Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff and that there is some doubt whether they will even pursue him as an option.
...i'm not the biggest Ruff fan as, despite his one Cup run, his Buffalo teams missed the playoffs about 50% of the time. Having said that, man did his Sabres team led by Drury and Briere light it up offensively between 2005-07, which is something I think every Rangers fan would love to see. Not so sure how Lundqvist would enjoy the zero defense those team played though.
...a bit surprised Sather hasn't at least reached out to him yet. Definitely worth bringing him in.
Another coach Rangers fans have been clamoring about is Coyotes head man Dave Tippett. However, Strang says Coyotes GM Don Maloney told her that Phoenix plans on re-signing him.
Maloney wouldn't elaborate on whether the Rangers asked to speak with Tippett, but he did confirm that he would not give that permission to "any such request."
...i guess if you were a Tippett fan, I'd get that idea out of your head now.
One name I've seen thrown around by Rangers fans is former Lightning coach Guy Boucher who Gary Shelton at the Tampa Bay Time basically says has all the good qualities of John Tortorella minus all the bad ones...
"Boucher is more cerebral. His voice is measured, and his strategies are meticulously plotted. As near as anyone can tell, he doesn't have a doghouse. If his voice gets loud, he says, it is because it is so darned hard to hear on the bench. If his eyes get wide, he says, it is because of the urgency of his message. Honestly, he says, he hasn't been ticked off, really ticked off, in months."
...Torts' relentless drive to win minus the baggage? Hey, I think I like this guy.
...atrocious goaltending was a big reason for Tampa's decline these last two years, and the last time I checked, the Rangers are pretty good in that area.
H/T to reader Bob G. for Boucher article.
Well, we have plenty of options, since there are thousands of Rangers fans who reportedly can "coach a better team than Torts"
I like Tippett if he is available, but Vigneault would be the best choice out there after Tippett. I would not want Messier as head coach because of his lack of expirience. He would need to become an assistant coach before he get handed the keys to rangers. However, the reality is that Slats has to hire a coach that Hank likes because if he doesn't, Hank will get a max salary somewhere else
4+ months of this nonsense????????????????
I think Tippett would have been the best option however he is off the table. Not many keen on Ruff who has his good points and bad. AV -appears to be ready and a favorite to choose from. He has the pedigree for NY (Vancouver is the NY of the northwest NHL). He might be the safest pick. However, I don't see a french canadian coaching here in this media (think Michel Bergeron) . Eakins ain't ready yet, not sexy for Dolan. So this boils down to Messier or AV. I give Mark kudos for the interest for this job, but I don't see him pushing a championship for this team any time soon. I think it would be a better play for Mark to wait in 3-4 years when most of these guys (if their still here) are hitting their prime (28-32). I think this is a lose lose for Messier. I hope he has thick skin for the job.
As far as Guy Boucher goes, I guess he'll get a look. For those clamoring about his 1-3-1 style, I think he would adjust that if Sather is interested. I think he had to use that approach in TB with that vanilla soft defense and goaltending. The offense was there for him but he was smart enough to realize that wouldn't fly in the playoffs by depending on 6-5 scores to win.
Saw this article and apparently Derick Brassard is a big Boucher fan.
Blue Jackets center Derick Brassard, who played under Boucher at Drummondville of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 2006-07, was wowed by Boucher's motivational tactics.
"Every day was a new challenge for the players, and every player was accountable to the team," Brassard said. "I've never played for a guy like him, a guy who is capable of getting the best out of every player. He was always in your head, always keeping you energized and motivated. It was always very motivating."
Im a no go on ruff. Thats a lot of years with no cup. Hes a great coach but idk about for the Rangers.
I'm not a fan of Guy Boucher's 1-3-1 system. BUT when this guy had DECENT (Dwayne Roloson) goaltending, his team was one win away from the SCF. They had bad defense that year, and a hot Roloson, and performed that well. It's enticing to see what he could do with a good defense....
Damn shame that they can't get to Tippet. Its a big deal for the organization so I can't see them going with someone without plenty of directly related experience. I bet it going to be AV, Eakins and somebody we haven't guessed on the short list..I could see AV being chosen because of his experience, but Eakins is good with young players so the Rangers might consider that an important factor. Obviously, the choice will be made for immediate results-3rd round and SC Final appearance and SC.
If Boucher becomes the Rangers next head coach than Torts may have to quote a phrase from his pal Sean Avery. You know the one about "sloppy seconds."
I'm all in on the get Malkin 2014 bandwagon... After last night do whatever it takes to grab that guy he is an animal
Brassard played for Boucher in juniors and couldnt say enough good things about how he helped with his development. I think Boucher should be looked at, although, I haven't heard his name mentioned by the press as a serious candidate. For some reason, he's being overlooked.
conventional wisdom says it should be Vigneault. he has the best resume by far of the candidates. but Sather hired Trottier when he could have hired Hitchcock, so who knows.
@Josh6 I CAME HERE TO ESCAPE IT! Damn you! lmao!
@MutantCity What the hell are you talking about?? The word Lightning is only used once in the article and it's spelled the same way you spelled it. Great job, MoronCity..
@MutantCity Sorry, my wife, three kids and job got in the way. Maybe I'll hire an editor at $100,000 per year to make sure it doesn't happen again. Thanks!
@MutantCity Someone should start a hybrid blog that combines spelling and vocabulary lessons with New York Rangers news and a opinion pieces. (sarcasm)
Lol Vancouver is the ny of the northwest NHL... Come on... That was a joke right... I like AV but please coaching in Vancouver and ny are two different animals
@Not So Nashty iIf You were Henrik and wanted to win the Cup in NY who would you want to Coach the Rangers?????
Idk Vancouver got bounced in 5 by a 8 seed last year in round 1 after finishing 1 overall. Swept this year in rd 1 and got blasted in a game 7 final at home. I'm am warming up to Boucher.
@shishya100 I like Blysma.
@shishya100 I wouldn't want Bylsma. He's successful because he has the most talented team. And he's gonna lose to Boston because that team is comprised of babies and mobsters and baby mobsters.
Nothing like NY? Please elaborate. Pretty sure the hockey fans in Vancouver riot; it's a godsend if the Rangers make the back page.
Has anyone picked up on how much Vancouver absolutely hates Messier?
"how was the Mess ever worth the kind of money Van shelled out for him, he was useless here and divided the locker room and had Linden run out of town and took a retired number of a player that was deceased."
"Messier was paid 26 million over the 3 years he played for Vancouver. Messier won a 6 million dollar lawsuit over the Canucks last year for money owed."
"I would love to see Messier destroy the Rangers just like he did the Canucks. It would be great! Naslund and Bertuzzi were a whole lot better after Messier left. Bure was so revitalized by Messier that he demanded a trade and held out for half a season. After Messier left, the Nucks became a playoff team again. Yes Messier almost destroyed the Canucks."
So much messier hate its depressing: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=424400
@Josh6 seeing as they've rioted after their past two Stanley Cup losses I would say hickey is a pretty big deal up there
We will see but I think there is a better chance of him leaving then either of the sedins or datsyuk next year
@EHBIGAPPLE @Not So Nashty Depends on who else the Rangers bring in, if your loking expeirence especially if they sign veterans and don't bring up anyone from the Whale then I would say Boucher or Vigneault. If they go wth a younger group with MIller McIlrath, Thomas, Fast etc then I would say Eakins.As long as the team shows improvement and doesn't go backwards or sideways I'm confident Hank will be a Ranger for a long time.
@Wallace1 Bylsma was at his best when Pitt was missing Crosby, Malkin and Staal. He had them playing a tight-checking defensive style and Fleury was good. In other words, he was best when his team was like the Rangers.
@_Jack what does rioting matter... i am not talking about fan base... I am talking about the media. The Rangers lose their first 3 games next year and the media will be calling for his head. If whoever the coach of vancouver is ends up losing their first 8 games, they will just say its an adjustment period... that is the difference
Riots and violence are meaningless. All that matters is being criticised by the NY media. Vancouver Canucks coaches are rarely criticised by the NY media.
@Not So Nashty @EHBIGAPPLE If I were The King I would want a Coach who KNOWS THROUGH THE WISDOM OF EXPERIENCE what it takes to win the Cup......a Coach who knows what system to employ that will win The Cup.......who knows what relationships have to be developed to win the Cup. Hiring anyone else would simply be a bigger risk than hiring a Coach who has already won a Cup!
The hiring decision is all about risk and reducing the risk factor as much as possible. For me Torts was the Coach to win The Cup for The Rangers with all the risk falling on Torts' ability or inability to develop the right relationships with key people......players, management, media etc. Compare Torts' regular and playoff numbers against any former Ranger Coach during the same number of years. His win-loss record speaks to elite success......his relationship building speaks to very short term success and predictable long term disaster. He simply ran out of time due to his own poor relationship building skills. What is unfortunate is that he, like Keenan won't change.....and that is on them!