There will be plenty of time this offseason to worry about Henrik Lundqvist's "We'll see" heard round the world and a potential Brad Richards buyout, so I wanted to take a few seconds to thank all TheNYRBlog readers for another amazing year on the blog.
Despite the torturous lockout, you guys came back in full force. TheNYRBlog broke numerous traffic records this season and for that I am truly appreciative.
More important, however, was the sense of community that was created this year. Tons of great discussions and debate in the comments section that spawned some true camaraderie between Rangers fans.
I also wanted to give a special shout out to the game day crew of ThrSage, Josh6, AG_Blue, ATCRyan, Betweentheworlds, DPSnotty, McPhee37, AnnoyingJoe, GLENsatherVSglennDANZIG, cb1, ivanricov, IcyCup, NYRfanInNC, johnnyb3910, PenaltySh0t, jmacwilli, NYR44, GraigGiuliani, Hotfreak, jslnyr1102, JustinRP37, AL55S, dsclaw88, Rex_Havok, craig_atherton, Jack, Dminches, thecaptain, greggray24 and everyone else who makes TheNYRBlog game notes their home base to interact with other Blueshirt fans during games. My gift to you is this...
If you don't know what that video represents, you need to start visiting the game notes comments section more often. McPhee's pump-up speeches are worth it alone.
At this time last year, I was completely burned out and couldn't wait to shut the blog down. But because of you and a month vacation, I got that itch back and obviously started the blog back up.
While I could definitely use some time away from the blog again, I have every intention of keeping this thing going. And the biggest reasons are James, Adam and Neill. These guys not only did an amazing job creating insightful content for the blog they lifted a huge burden off me by doing game recaps which allowed me to enjoy Rangers games as a fan again, instead of a blogger looking for interesting angles to provide to the readers. I am indebted to all three.
While I can't predict how long the blog will continue to pump out great Rangers content (maybe until they finally win another God damn Stanley Cup), what I do know for sure is that the blog has been and always will be only as good as its readers and thankfully for me, I have the best readers in Rangersland and on the web.
Forgotten in the shoutouts, I see. We'll see if I sign a commenter contract extension with this blog, since plenty of other blogs would love to make me the highest paid blog commenter in the league.
Thanks, Kevin and the rest of the crew, for making the last few weeks of the season and the playoffs a lot more fun for me. The dialog here is usually very thoughtful and always passionate.
Great energy, boys! Now lets see what the new regime brings! And who the hell is in it in the first place.
Thank you Kevin for providing a place us true diehard fans can go to get real news on our club, as well as insights from the other fans. Love all the fan comments and debates I became a part of here as well as a place to vent my frustration on our former coach's lack of foresight and adaptability. This has made an otherwise frustrating and disappointing season fun.
My dad always said Messier would step in when he felt the team was ready to win... if he is right I would be very impressed
Wow - Torts is gone?!? Can't believe it. I feel that this was Sather hitting the panic button after Hank's "we'll see" comment. I mean Torts definitely deserved a good amount of blame but he was only 1 season removed from the ECF.
As far as replacements, I would like to have seen Bruce Boudreau get a shot (yea I know, he's already got a job), but the guy is known as an offensive coach and if for nothing else, would've liked to have seen a different look after years of Renney and Torts. Oh well.
So wait, if Hank was worries that there was too much pressure on him under a defensive system, how will he feel when it opens up and he's facing 40 shots a game?
I know u guys will be shocked by this cause I always defended Torts but its probably the right move. The lack of intensity in the Bruin series was troubling & was probably due to the team tunning out Torts. I have said it many times on this blog. Guys like Torts have a short shelf life...better to fire him a year too soon then a year to late.
Maybe Torts also bore some blame for bringing in Richards and saddling the franchise with that contract.
This smells a lot like Hank pulling the same thing Messier did to Roger Nielsen. Let's hope the end results are the same.
I honestly think 2 factors played into this: 1) Torts is inability to adjust the system to his team's new personnel and 2) the fact that Hank has his contract up next year. If Hank had to spend another season under Torts's lackluster goal scoring offense I think he would be gone in a minute and Sather realized it. I'm still completely shocked by this.....never seen Sather move so quickly before regarding the coach!
I'm not shocked he either pissed off Dolanand/or Sather. Or Sather sensed he lost the team.
All I can say is please not Schoenfeld. According to Garrioch he is the front runner.
A couple things....
1) No more bad thoughts... the wicked witch is gone (Brad Richards)
2) How about this coaching staff... Mark Messier, Adam Graves and Brian Leetch
But I am telling you the Rangers don't do this unless they have someone ready to takeover... and I really think Messier is stepping in
Press conference at 2:15 on YES glen sather
I think you are going to have to do a new blog post today... Possible replacements.... only one I can think of in house is Mark Messier
@KevinDeLury dont go just yet.....http://snyrangersblog.com/rangers/news-john-tortorella-fired/
@tygalpin My bad. Tried to get everyone. My sincere apologies.
Good having you aboard!
@Josh6 Interesting. That would be amazing. Not sure if he can coach worth a damn but I would enjoy seeing him for sure!
That's a good call by ur dad cause Mess was not going to be a coach of a rebuilding team, he is only going to coach a team ready to win.
@ThrSage He's another defensive guy isn't he? I'd say they probably go for a more wide open style, though I'm not sure they have the horses for it just yet.
@gravey94 but they will be scoring 4 goals a game... It will be interesting.
One thing i want to see, how do players like Callahan adjust to a different coach.
Also, I think DZ will be staying, a new coach is going to want to see what he has to offer
@gravey94 Good call on that. Friends and I wee talking about Capt., Video yesterday.
@gravey94 my point exactly!
I am not shocked cause Torts is a jackass so it was going to happen sooner or later. Plus this was the last yr of his contract so he probably wanted an extension & Dolan said no so he probably told Dolan to fuck off & then Dolan said ur fired.
That's funny...thanks cause when I read ur post I literally spit my water out laughing & everyone in the restraunt thinks I'm nuts for laughing spitting water while sitting by myself.
Josh u really think Mess will b a good coach? Great players usually don't make good coaches. If so why do u think he will b good.
@Josh6 God I hope you are right!
@Josh6 If they go in house, I could see Messier. Otherwise I think Alain Vigneault would be a prime choice for them.
U need at least 1-assistant coach w-experience can't have a head coach & both assistants w-no experience.
@ThrSage Messier was a great on ice leader that did so by example AND motivation. Many good players don't have the motivation part. If any player could be an effective and successful head coach, I could see it being Mess.
@ThrSage Yep, that why I doubt they go with him at this point. Possibly an assistant, but I don't think he'll be head coach.
That's true & I agree but I think this team is close to a Cup I don't want to take the chance that he is not a good coach thenwe wasted this chance while he learns on the job.