Pat Leonard at the Daily News reports that Ulf Samuelsson is a leading candidate to be hired as one of Alain Vigneault’s assistants. Samuelsson, who was the head coach of Modo (SEL) last season, has apparently left that job. moved to Phoenix and his looking for a job in the NHL.
The former Rangers defenseman was an assistant in Phoenix from 2006 through 2011.
Leonard also notes that Newell Brown might be a candidate to join the staff, having worked the past three seasons on Vigneault’s staff in Vancouver.
Brown, who also worked in Chicago, Columbus and Anaheim, was in charge of a Canucks power play that went from first in the league in 2009-10 to fourth in 2010-11 and then plummeted to 22nd this past season.
...there's a lot to like about Samuelsson. First and foremost is his connection to the Rangers. Always nice to have someone on the staff who's worn the Blueshirt and has experienced what it's like to play in this market.
...next, as Adam mentioned in the comments section yesterday, will hopefully be his ability to teach the Rangers defenders how to be a little nastier in front of Lundqvist. Ironically, the Rangers have been downright cordial on defense since Samuelsson was traded to Detroit in 1999.
...i'm also a fan of bringing in a guy like Brown who Vigneault is familiar with as it'll help with his transition to a new team. I know the Canucks power play took a nose dive last season, but from what I've read it had more to do with injuries than Brown forgetting how to run an effective extra man. I'm actually foaming at the mouth imagining the idea of the Rangers having a respectable power play.
...bottom line is that a staff of Vigneault, Samuelsson and Brown would be a major upgrade over Torts and Sully.
There were also rumors yesterday that Vigneault's contract with the Rangers will be five years, $10 million.
...to be honest, I couldn't care less about the head coach's contract. It doesn't affect the cap and he can still be fired no matter how long the deal is for.
Ulf Samuelson? You've got to be kidding. You've be the biggest dirt bag of his era. He enjoyed meting out career ending injuries like the one he gave one of the Rangers top forwards. Ulf Nilssen, I believe? When you lay down with dogs, you wake up with fleas. He's got nothing I ever wanted to see then and certainly don't want to see again. He makes Marchand and Matt Clarke look like lightweights
Imagine what ulf could do with this guy....
I love all the chatter about Cally needing to become more vocal as a leader. It is as inane as my talk of Nash needing to play with more "fire in the belly'. LMAO....and I want my ex-wife to become more intelligent and magnanimous.
We bat around these traits as if they are somehow attainable after 15 years old. News flash - the die is cast. If the Rangers feel they need a vocal leader and they don't have from within then they must go get one. The same applies to players who have that "fire in the belly". These are NOT attributes that one can acquire in adulthood. They have been determined long before they ever arrived in the NHL.
One can certainly become more effective within one's own character set, but let's not kid ourselves about wholesale changes in one's makeup.
The Rangers lost "heart" this year, NOT because players no longer "bought" into Tort's system, but rather because they lost a LOT of players with heart. (Honestly, sometimes we make this so unnecessarily complex.)
If the Rangers want to get tougher in front of the net they will have to...um....get defensemen whose nature is to play tough. When I played, sure the coaches told me where to be and what to do, but it was my nature that determined HOW i did it.
I'm not feeling like Ulf would be the best choice. Sure toughness was our biggest issue this season and he brings plenty of that to the table but I don't feel that his personality is going to work well at the asst. coaching level here. I'd still be up for seeing Mess back there along with one of Vin's people. BTW did they can Sully yet?
correct me if i am wrong, gretsky got out of the game because i think he said he didn't love the game anymore. sometimes its hard to step aside, PRIDE can kill- like the sayin' SPEED KILLS.
Maybe Ulf can influence some of the forwards as well. There's quite a few that could use a little extra nasty in their game. Although, Ulf played in a different era when obstruction was as common as a pass during a game. He played dirty. So, not sure how that translates to the current NHL. Hopefully he finds a way.
i'm through talkin' about richards, if the rangers decide to keep him around this coming season; then it fails like a lead ball, then they can blame all the morons who kiss ass for their failure.the rangers were a good team when they won the cup, mike ritcher an all.
It's kind of surprising to me that guys like Hunter and Samuelsson can have careers as coaches even though they were so universally hated during their playing days.
With this guy who played defense nasty... now I am salivating at the mouth for Mcilrath... but for some reason I dont think he is going to be in the NHL until next year...
wait the Rangers had a better PP in the regular season than the Canucks and you are okay with hiring this guy? Idk, I think I would rather have a guy like Weight...
Ulf Samuelsson is a piece of human garbage but he's a very smart and experienced coach. He preaches toughness, crease clearing, nastiness, and hard hitting, he would be perfect for this team, he also knows the organization very well. I give Brown's powerplay a pass this season as almost the whole first unit was injured the whole season. Them not having Kesler is like us losing Stepan, it's a big deal. I give a powerplay that was that devastating a free pass for a year. I'm just getting really excited about next year.
Looks good on paper, then again so did Nash-Richards-Gaborik. The coaches can only do so much, the players are the ones who need to execute. If the players play up to their abilities, they can make Vigneault look like Scotty Bowman, if not he could be the next Ted Sator.
So a 5-year deal has to piss off Messier. I know coaches can get fired, but it looks like they're telling Messier he's not the heir apparent anytime soon.
maybe these new changes will make the rangers a better cup team this season, get the power play around 19% SHOOT MORE,stop passing so much.
if ulf could get dz to play with some grit I'd become his indentured servant. I'd sign up for this staff but they better get one of those mib mind erasers cause I think torts has this team brainwashed into believing a pp is a bad thing.
@nyrfreddy Cam Neely
@jmacwilli i agree with you that heart and how tough you play can't be learned at this point in your career, but leadership skills are something different. Being able to lead takes confidence and experience, which are things that can develop over time.
@jmacwilli Simplifying works. Well said, and very true. The loss of heart from last year that you mention had predictable outcomes, at least by me - I predicted it and was one of the unpopular few here who did not think we'd be successful. this year with our quest It's puzzling at best as to how the coaching staff/GM did not know (if I did) what effects the changes of personnel would have on the team , admitting mid way through that they under estimated the impact. The reason I could see this, yet those who have a gazillion times the hockey knowledge as me could not kind of boils down to the simple truth you outlined here. There is a depth, a 3rd dimension to Hockey, like life itself which our coaching staff seemed to not see - the third dimension = the human dimension. Heart. Character. Some got it. some don't. Simple (as you said)..You can't "learn" heart. It goes much deeper than stats or the Xs and Os. It's what's inside each player and coach that matters, and how those personalities mesh with one another. This is what makes up a great team - applied understanding of inter-human dynamics. CHEMISTRY. "Everyone;s talking (about team chemistry) but few of them know"! All the Crosbys and Malkins in the world won't matter if they're not in sync. So my feedback is AGREED!!! and BTW Cally's "got it" IMHO, he's still learning on the job but superb capt. in training,. and Nashty's got that "fire in the belly" but he requires more motivation than some players. The right chemistry and coach will get him fired up for next year.
@jmacwilli wow thats some lucid shit. well said sir.
@ChesterMeekins Pride can kill?? Hmmm, maybe we should ask Torts about that!
@Josh6 I think one more full year in Hartford, maybe a call-up if needed, he's still only 21...but I'm looking forward to it as well
@PenaltySh0t yeah, it's too bad Dale Hunter and Claude Lemieux aren't also available.
@gravey94 When they got Richey I knew he wouldn't gel with Gabby - then when they got Nash I knew Richey wouldn't gel with him either. I don't know how I knew that as on paper it should have worked - then again I've never been the biggest fan of Richey - with the right team he could be a big asset. Not here. Oh well. As far as Ulf goes again on paper it's great because we need the culture of toughness from the blue line but I'm not getting him as a good fit here despite the fact that on paper it should be great. Just another one of those feelings....
Modo made the playoffs, but Färjestad won that series with 4-1. According to media here in Sweden Ulf left because of family reasons. His daughter is starting college in the US.
I think he did an ok job here in Sweden. Modo wasn't suppose to be a top team. So yes, an ok job.
@GLENsatherVSglennDANZIG I've actually always thought Del Zotto played with a bit of an edge and Samuelsson could take that to another level. Although, I'd rather Del Zotto work more with Brown on becoming a great power play quarterback.
@Iron Mike Bodes well for McIlrath.
@GLENsatherVSglennDANZIG You mean Samuelsson in the second statement right? If they higher Samuelsson Leetch is out, since there is no purpose in having 2 defensive minds. I wish Boucher would be an assistant for one or two years before his next head coaching job.... That would be an awesome staff.
wow! awesome to hear from someone who follows the league! ya ulfs kid plays for the local AHL team where I live. I wish I followed Swedish and Russian hockey closer. I think that will be my goal this year.
I liked what dz did to Neal in the pens game, but I'd like to see him throw knucks once in a while. I think that would get some fans on his side. but ya I'd rather him score and improve his vision on the ice.
@GLENsatherVSglennDANZIG why hire anyone if they REALLY don't want it?? some times we think before we should open our mouths,no disrespect to any legion.
ya I meant I love the hiring of ulf if it happens. I say don't even bring in leetch or mess. it doesn't seem like their hearts in it. it kind of feels like they'll coach only if the rangers take a chance on them. they don't seem to really want it.
there's no guarantee dz will even be here next year. any trade we make involving him would have to be for a young slam dunk COUGHgagnerCOUGH!!!