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Blue Seat Blogs-Cast – Playing Three Full Periods, Injury Relief, and the Expansion Draft

January 10, 2017, by

On this week’s Blue Seat Blogs-Cast we discuss the need for the Rangers to play three full periods of hockey on a nightly basis, the way in which injury relief may help them get to that point, and the Rangers’ outlook heading into the expansion draft. As always you can find us right here, on SoundCloud, and on iTunes.

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8 comments

  1. Walt says:

    I’ve tried to post three times last night, and this morning, with none getting thru, this is a reattempt………..

  2. Walt says:

    Jor Fortunato, on Blueshirt. com, writes a great article about AV being a good coach, while being his worst enemy. E3 should read this, he reinforces many points made on BSB, and it makes for some good reading!!!!!!

    • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

      Walt-

      I appreciate you pointing that out. I did see it yesterday and I thought Joe did a great job. He raises valid points, but I nontheless disagree with a number of things he wrote.

      Let’s start with the main premise. Even Joe acknowledges that AV is a GREAT coach. It’s right there in the headline. And he is. Is he perfect? Of course not. Does he make decisions that can and should be questioned? Of course. Just like any other coach. The only reason I defend him as vigorously as I do out here is because the negative narrative tends to go WAY over the top.

      Now to his points…

      1) Regression–is that really the case? The team was significantly better in year two under AV than year one in the regular season, and only missed out on matching the year one post season success by 20 minutes, and that was largely due to no Zuc and a defense that was in tatters due to injury. Last year, no question, the team regressed. But the defense took a major step backward, as did the PK. They lost Hags. Girardi, Staal and McDonagh struggled after off season procedures. Nash was hurt. Stepan hurt. Kreider hadn’t yet become consistent. Are those things specifically AV’s fault?

      2) Girardi- He was key in the prior two series vs Pit and Wash in 2015. Was he toasted against the Triplets? Yes, but given the state of the defense, what better choices were there? Last year, what changes could have been made that would have garnered a different result?

      3) Glass–Again, no one is saying Glass was good. Who were the better options? Any change AT BEST would have made only a marginal difference one way or another.

      4) Press– Having been in pro locker rooms, I can tell you that for the most part, the stuff Joe is making a big deal about is only a big deal to fans. The press couldn’t care less and the players care even less. These are big boys. They got this far because they are mentally tough. Did Hags get ruined because Torts said he “stinks” on the PP? Did Kreider fall apart after Torts dispatched him to the minors after a stellar playoff the year before?

      And, I thoroughly disagree that AV has “blasted” anyone. That’s a total overstatement. He has been critical at times of some players. But that critique is based on a pretty consistent premise–if you don’t work hard (see Miller, Hayes and Skjei for one game this year), you will be called out and you will be benched. He doesn’t usually publicly critique players that are merely struggling. Allowing bad work habits to fester is the ultimate coaching sin, and when it happens, it must be addressed.

      5) The next few paragraphs focus on McIlrath and Etem vs Girardi and Glass. Sorry, that’s nuts. As he said, the former are minor league players now. Whatever one may think of Glass and Girardi, how does swapping these players make ANY difference to the ultimate outcome? He’s saying he’s hard on AV because he wants a Cup badly. We all do. But how does swapping out players on the margins achieve that goal? It doesn’t.

      6) As for being the bridesmaid, wasn’t that said over and over about Keenan and Coach Q until they won? Looking at his Rangers year, when did he have a “loaded team” that would make him the odds on favorite to win? What teams should have been beaten that he didn’t beat? Indeed, the one HUGE miss in this era came in 2012, when they lost to a very average Devils team. That was on Torts’ watch.

      7) What personnel decisions that he may have influenced that Sather and Gorton signed off on have come back to haunt the team in any way? Joe is saying bringing in AV’s guys cost the team. Who? How? The moves that were made after 2014 were all about the cap crunch. And the team wound up improving significantly in the regular season.

      The one thing I absolutely agree with is this–is he the right coach going forward? This is year four. He will have just one year left on his deal. The decision as to whether you bring him back will be based on the same criteria that was applied to Torts….

      A) did he meet expectations relative to the rosters he has had?
      B) what do the players really think of him? Is he still in command of the room, or is his message getting old?
      C) who is available to replace him?

      Change for the sake of change rarely works. If the team finishes with 110 points, and he loses to let’s say Pit again in the first round and the Pens repeat, is that grounds for firing?

      As I’ve said all along, there was no legit rationale to fire AV last year or even this year thus far. That just makes the organization look like a bunch of panic button pushing fools. This summer is totally fair game and at this point I’m neither for or against it

      • Walt says:

        I tend to agree with Joe much more so than you do obviously. You can keep defending the man, I’ll continue dissecting him for his moves. He is on the beat, you and I are one the web, I believe he has much more insight than either of us.

        Keep being his fan club president, I’ll continue to be his biggest detractor. Have a good evening E3 !!!!!!!!

        • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

          Walt, unless I’m mistaken, he’s actually NOT on the beat. He runs a blog. He does a great job, but I’m not aware that any of these guys who run blogs have lockerrom access.

          It doesn’t mean he doesn’t have valid points, or that you don’t, or that I don’t. But he’s not citing any sources here because he likley doesn’t have one.

  3. Tom Hanssen says:

    Having trouble listening …not working for me via soundcloud or iTunes

  4. Dunc says:

    Please stop using the term “Fairweather Fan”.

    Otherwise, great stuff.