Who are viable replacements for Alain Vigneault?

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In his most recent column, Larry Brooks noted that there “is chatter that Alain Vigneault may get canned after Tuesday’s game.” Addressing the rumor first – this appears to be just speculation on Brooks’ part. The general gist of his post –that if AV’s fate is based on one game, then it’s already too late– is spot on, though.

If AV is truly on a game-to-game rope, then the best thing to do is to rip the band-aid off and just get rid of him. I’m a firm believer that coaches have a shelf life, although I’m unsure what that shelf life is. Perhaps AV’s style only lasted three years with the Rangers. But at some point, the message and the messenger need to change.

That said, there’s no point in firing a coach if you don’t have a good replacement ready. The Rangers have a few options to them, although few are appetizing.

Lindy Ruff

Ruff, the apparent front runner if AV is canned, was hired this summer as an assistant coach. Immediately rumors flew that Ruff would replace AV if fired, and he was there to put pressure on AV. I dismissed those rumors, but considering how AV has coached this season, I may have been wrong. AV is coaching for his job, and his lineup and in-game decisions show it.

Ruff, however, is no different from AV. He uses the same exact systems that AV does, or at least he did while in Dallas. Whether he’s identified that the team can’t play the overload/man defensive zone system anymore, we don’t know. But if AV is fired, I’d bet money that Ruff is his replacement.

Ruff’s first test, if all this comes to fruition, is getting the most out of Pavel Buchnevich and Filip Chytil, and guiding them towards their true talent potential. Can he be that guy? I honestly don’t know.

Scott Arniel

Arniel is the associate coach in New York, and usually that’s the coach that takes over. That said, Arniel doesn’t really seem like the front runner, even before Ruff was hired. That said, Arniel has head coaching experience and familiarity with the players. The latter bit may work against him though, as the need to change the message and messenger means changing out the supporting coaches as well.

Daryl Sutter

Sutter won two Cups in Los Angeles before getting let go in April of this year. While in LA, Sutter ran systems similar to that of John Tortorella. His teams were known for good defense and good puck possession, something the Rangers sorely need. He also won a pair of Cups with an LA team that didn’t really have any elite talent outside of Anze Kopitar.

Sutter runs very disciplined systems, so I’m unsure how he’d do with kids that make mistakes on defense, but are supremely talented on offense (Buchnevich, Chytil, etc). That’s the wild card here. The next coach will need to guide these kids to their true potential, which could be elite talent.

The same questions for Ruff are the same questions for Sutter. If he can guide those two –and Lias Andersson/Sean Day– to their true potential, then he’s the guy for the job. I don’t know enough about him, though.

Dan Bylsma

Bylsma was recently cut loose by Buffalo, but is no stranger to success. He won a Cup in Pittsburgh. However that roster had a ton of talent, and his most recent inability to guide the young talent in Buffalo can’t be ignored. His systems are pretty standard (2-1-2 forecheck, zone defense, normal special teams systems), so it’s not like the Rangers would have issues adopting those. That said, his teams weren’t really known for being defensive stalwarts. Part of that is talent, part of that is coaching. I’m not sold on Bylsma.

Todd Nelson

Nelson got a lot of attention for the Arizona coaching spot this summer before they settled on Rick Tocchet. Nelson just won a Calder Cup in the AHL, and is likely the next guy to make the jump to NHL coaching duties. He’s currently the head coach of the Grand Rapids Griffins (Detroit’s AHL club), and has 51 games of coaching experience in the NHL (Edmonton).

Nelson would be an off-the-board pick for the Rangers, and likely would only work if they clean house entirely. I can’t see them doing that in the middle of a season where they have/had playoff hopes. I know nothing about Nelson other than Elliotte Friedman mentioning him once and that he won the Calder Cup last year. He’s a name to note.

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72 thoughts on “Who are viable replacements for Alain Vigneault?

  • Oct 30, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Is Ken Hitchcock in the mix? Just asking as he does have experience.

    Ruff will be interim unless Gorton is burning up the phone lines. Arniel needs to go as well.

    • Oct 30, 2017 at 12:24 pm

      Hitch is in Dallas.

      • Oct 30, 2017 at 12:43 pm


  • Oct 30, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Scott Arniel should not even be mentioned in the post as he should be fired ahead of AV or at a minimum with AV.
    Sutter is interesting, but he’s a strong willed coach that does not tolerate any nonsense. He would either be great or awful . No middle of the road here.
    Blysma is a hard pass. We won with the Penns many years ago with a great team. His Olympic experience was a disaster and the Buffalo experiment also did not work out very well.
    Don’t know much about Todd Nelson.
    Lindy Ruff is not the answer, but maybe for interim coach he will suffice then look for a permanent replacement in the off season.

    • Oct 30, 2017 at 4:22 pm

      Agree, but everyone is missing one BIG point: The guy who has been in charge for 18 YEARS!!! is still there and he should be the one to get fired. MR. Glen Sather. Why does he always get a free pass? Why are there no articles killing this guy? He hired the coaches, drafted the players, gave the ridiculous contracts, and traded away all those draft picks. Where are the articles people?

      • Oct 30, 2017 at 11:11 pm

        Because Dolan gave him.a job for life. And he wasn’t kidding.

  • Oct 30, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    I keep going back to when Bylsma got fired from Pittsburgh and then Sullivan came in and took them to the Cup. Their entire season changed as soon as they made that switch.

    Now, like Dave mentioned, there is serious talent on Pittsburgh, but sometimes you need a new messenger. I’m not saying the Rangers are going to the Cup if we just change coaches, far from it, but they definitely need a new message in the room. I really do believe this team is too good to not make the playoffs. Yes, we have our flaws but this has to happen sooner rather than later before this season goes down the drain.

    • Oct 30, 2017 at 12:56 pm

      Bylsma replaced Michel Therrien(who should definitely not be considered by the Rangers) Sullivan replaced Mike Johnston..Sulivan and Bylsam both won the Cup with Pittsburgh.

      • Oct 30, 2017 at 1:17 pm

        You’re right, my bad. I thought Sullie replaced Bylsma mid-season. Regardless, I just remember them making that move, and their entire season turned around. I feel like if we could make a switch now, there is still hope in this season.

    • Oct 30, 2017 at 2:38 pm

      Bylsma won his Cup in his first season in Pittsburgh. He has not coached a team who has won a Conference Finals game since (Pittsburgh was swept in the ECF in 2012-13 by Boston). I don’t like a profile like that because it might be more with him being the right guy for that TEAM instead of being the right guy for the FRANCHISE.

  • Oct 30, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    The next coach should be a young guy who is very much into Analytics . The front office is now young analytic individuals . hope they get some toughness

  • Oct 30, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    We need some new blood. I wouldn’t even think about Ruff, as he’s been coaching the D and they’ve been crap, also. Time for an entirely new staff.
    Sutter is interesting

  • Oct 30, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Torts was the worst coach in the NHL. Now AV is the worst coach in the NHL. Who’s lining up to be the next worst coach in the NHL?

    • Oct 30, 2017 at 12:53 pm

      Maybe Gorton should go behind the bench. Can he be any worse?

      • Oct 30, 2017 at 1:06 pm

        Maybe then he would be held accountable for this mess he has created!

        • Oct 30, 2017 at 2:22 pm

          I wouldn’t blame this mes on Gorton just yet, It a took Sather years to create this mes and he is still responsible IMO.
          as I stated before, I would give Messier a shot, he can’t be worse then the situation we’re in right now.

          • Oct 30, 2017 at 2:44 pm

            Oh yes he can…..

            As I said, that would be like the Knicks deciding to hire Phil Jackson, arguably the greatest coach of all time, to be the President of the team when none of his success came from team building. How did that work out?

            A total Hail Mary pass that likely gets Gorton fired if it backfires.

          • Oct 30, 2017 at 11:13 pm

            Messier was dissed once by Sather. He’s not going to let that happen again. As long as Slats is still here, Mark will not work for him again.

      • Oct 30, 2017 at 1:52 pm

        Or.. Gorton is canned with AV, Slats goes back to coach & GM..

        • Oct 30, 2017 at 2:20 pm

          Uhhhh…thanks but no thanks on that one.

          • Oct 30, 2017 at 11:35 pm

            I’d rather ingest cyanide before that happens.. but I would not be surprised.

        • Oct 30, 2017 at 5:02 pm

          I think this has a real shot of happening. JG doesn’t deserve this fate…..but. Slats takes over until they find someone not previously named. Slats in Montreal without JG says volumes. I would think AV is already toast.
          Truly sad all around that Slats still is the puppet master. Now we can all guess whose behind this mess, me thinks Slats.
          Dolans….take a leap of faith….you are hanging on to a guy whose best last year was 1989.
          I can’t believe I’m paying what I’m paying to watch this garbage.

          • Oct 30, 2017 at 5:38 pm

            GM? Possibly. Coach? No chance. He’s way too old for that.

    • Oct 30, 2017 at 2:23 pm

      Torts was coaching this team towards a cup, they were getting better all the time except the slip-up in his last playoffs, he should have been giving more time before canning him. AV, I never thought he was bad, but I always felt he had a really talented group in vancouver and couldn’t close the deal, I wasn’t extra happy getting him. Now I think his style isn’t the new style anymore so he is being out coached. I thought the cooper took him apart in thier playoff series.

      this team doesn’t like him, they aren’t there because he has done too many things to make himself look like a crap head…

      who looses players on the bench

      he’s done


      • Oct 30, 2017 at 2:49 pm

        About Torts, that is totally false. His average point total and playoff success was no different than his predecessor. Indeed, Renney was actually a smidge better statistically speaking.

        This team took off once AV got here (and Torts, who took over for AV crashed the boat in Vancouver). It’s truly amazing to me how Torts fans distort his record here. He did an ok job, but not great. And the players were done with him. He had to go.

        • Oct 30, 2017 at 2:57 pm

          Tort’s is old history. Been gone for 5 years, and he still is compared to AV. Why??? Just asking….

          When AV leaves, will this discussion continue for another 5 years as well???? Let’s get beyond this already everyone..

          • Oct 30, 2017 at 3:29 pm

            I have no idea Walt. I don’t get the “romanticism” with the guy. Throw a few water bottles and snarl at the press and pretend your a tough guy and somehow, that erases the mostly borderline playoff teams he coached.

            AV could be fired tomorrow. But if he is, he is hands down the most successful Rangers coach (who coached more than one season) in 40+ years. Torts is not even on the radar in that regard.

      • Oct 30, 2017 at 3:01 pm

        The whole point of my post is that no matter who is behind the bench, if they don’t win a cup, this fan base will tear them apart and proclaim them the worst coach ever just as is being done with AV. The same thing happened with Tortorella. Go back and look at the comments on here towards the end of his tenure.

        A regular on here (his name rhymes with fault) said Tortorella was to blame for Kreider getting bone chips in his ankle for blocking a shot. This offseason some genius said AV should be held accountable for injuring Klein.

        No matter who they hire next, since it will happen now or later, I give it 2-3 seasons before this fan base is ready to tar and feather that guy because let’s be honest. They aren’t winning a cup anytime soon with the talent they currently have.

        • Oct 30, 2017 at 3:31 pm

          Brilliantly said and 100% correct. This is more about the roster construction by Sather and now by Gorton than it is about the coach.

          • Oct 30, 2017 at 4:47 pm

            Yes, Buch puts himself on the 4th line.
            Yes, Holden and Staal raise their hand first when AV asks “who wants to go out and nail down the game for us?”
            Yes, DD pushes his teammates out of the way to be on the PP.

            Come on E3, your boy doesn’t help himself at all.

            • Oct 30, 2017 at 5:00 pm

              Perhaps, but I suspect you will have the same (or different) complaints about the next coach too. Just like everyone had complaints about Torts’ player usage. No one is immune from second guessing.

              • Oct 30, 2017 at 6:31 pm

                Actually that’s not true. For example:

                2011-12: Torts did a brilliant job of getting the most out of what he had that year. I praised him.

                2012-13: Torts tried to repeat the same style as the year before with a completely different roster. I ripped him.

                2013-14: I thought AV did a great job, and not because they went to the SCF. I praised him.

                After that year: He got more stubborn and went away from what made him successful his first year. I ripped him.

                I evaluate on a year by year basis.

              • Oct 30, 2017 at 6:35 pm

                Well, then you will criticize in alternating years. But you will get around to it eventually. 🙂

              • Oct 30, 2017 at 7:02 pm

                Just because someone is your parent, doesn’t automatically make them a good person.

                Coaches, like players should be evaluated. What I have criticized the coach for are decisions he makes that make no sense at all. His job is to manage his players properly and he doesn’t do that. And gets $4m.

                I wish I could be as incompetent in my job and still get paid handsomely for it.

                Don’t feel bad for him.

              • Oct 31, 2017 at 6:57 am

                E3, Vesey makes a mistake and doesn’t see the ice for the last 25 minutes of the game.

                DeAngelo gets sent down because of mistakes.

                Do you ever hear of Staal being nailed to the bench for the any one of a million mistakes he makes on a game by game basis? No, of course not, if anything he’s on the ice at the end of games to try and close out the game.

                Like I said, no common sense at all. I have a problem supporting a coach that does things like this.

        • Oct 30, 2017 at 8:10 pm

          get the player right, it may have been Girardi, or Mac Truck, in the PO’s a few years back, never Kreider…….and I was talking about playing these guys with broken bones in their feet if I recall!

          • Oct 30, 2017 at 9:40 pm

            Get your history right. Faulting a coach for playing an injured player is one thing. Saying the coach is directly responsible for the injury is another thing. But I gues its standard operating procedure for you to blindly blame the coach for anything and everything negative that happens to the team.


            • Oct 31, 2017 at 6:57 am

              I never blamed this coach, or any other coach for anyone’s injury. Stop acting like I’m an idiot. I blamed him for PLAYING them with their injuries. You’re disdain for me is obvious, now who’s acting like a fool with accusations like this?

          • Oct 30, 2017 at 9:41 pm

            I posted a link in my response and it’s late so who knows when a moderator will put it through but check it out when it does.

            • Oct 31, 2017 at 7:06 am

              Kreider got hurt in Conn., you’re accusing me of putting the blame on AV. That’s funny……….And the in that post I said that some fault had to go to Torts. Splitting hairs again.

  • Oct 30, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Hitch is the HC in Dallas. Not an option.

    Back to Dave’s points. Richter and I disagree on this, but I am digging in my heels and refuse to believe that Gorton put Ruff in there to put pressure on AV. I mean, I realize that anything is possible, but why would any organization give their HC a massive raise and extension, and then six months later, decide they better have a backup plan? And if that was the plan, then aren’t you basically setting your HC up to fail by forcing him to hire someone who he doesn’t want who, if anything goes wrong, would replace the guy you just gave a massive deal to? As I’ve said before, if that was the plan, then we should all be terrified to have Gorton running the show if that’s the way he would operate. And would a high end coach ever considering working for a GM who would operate this way?

    Besides, why bring in Ruff for that purpose when you already have Arniel as Associate Coach?

    I’ll be happy to eat crow if we learn later that he was brought in by JG, but until then, I think you should go back to your original instinct that it was Arneil’s idea and AV’s call.

    As to your list, if the Rangers are going to go the interim route, then it would pretty much have to be Ruff or Arniel. I suspect that the interim route would make the most sense, unless the guy you clearly want for the job is out there, which I suspect he is not. If Bylsma or Sutter for example had been on Gorton’s list to send a message to his head coach, then wouldn’t Gorton have forced AV to hire one of them as asst coach instead?

    Ok, so let’s assume that AV is fired and likely Ruff is named interim coach. If he turns the team around in a big way, then he gets the job most likely. If not, then you look at the candidates you mentioned, as well as others who will be out there next summer.

    Bylsma- I mentioned him on the other page, and I agree with what you are saying about him. The Buffalo firing is a big red flag, and he won’t have a roster like he had in Pittsburgh.

    Sutter–Yes, he did a great job winning two Cups. But he also missed the playoffs two out of the last three years with a team capable of making the playoffs. My impression is that his style may no longer be the preferred approach in the modern day NHL, and I also don’t get the sense he has any burning desire to coach again. Just my hunch.

    Nelson–I know nothing about him except that he won the Calder Cup. I’m not sure about protocol here, but I assume that an organization like the Wings will not grant permission to allow one of their key people to leave during the season. Again, I could well be wrong about this, but I can’t think of a scenario where this has happened. Plus even if it did, would it make sense to bring a rookie NHL head coach into a situation like this right now? I’d say no way. But next season? Sure.

    Then you have the other unemployed guys like Michel Therrien and Dave Tippett who would be available now. Neither seem like an upgrade.

    If Gorton concludes he must fire AV, after convincing management he should go long term and big bucks with him, then that puts our young GM squarely on the hot seat to make sure this next hire is a great one. I suspect he will take his time, see who becomes available, and use the months ahead to assess his best option.

    My long shot pick–Coach Q. If not him, they consider bringing back Ulfie.

    • Oct 30, 2017 at 1:17 pm

      Dave Tippett has been an excellent coach in the NHL, having won a Jack Adams award and having led the Coyotes to their best-ever seasonal & playoff finishes. He had two 50-win seasons in Dallas and the Stars improved immediately after he took them over. In my opinion he’s hands-down the best choice out of who’s available if the Rangers are looking for a coach with previous NHL service.

      I don’t think Daryl Sutter will ever come to NYC. He’s a man with strong ties to his home community in Canada, and I can’t imagine he’d redo the experience of being far away from his business in one of the biggest cities in the US. Coach Q is under contract with Chicago, right? So that’s a pipe dream.

      • Oct 30, 2017 at 1:52 pm

        There are rumors out of Chicago that Q and Bowman might have a strained relationship. If true, and if the Hawks don’t have a deep playoff run, he could be available next summer.

        As for Tippett, how is his resume any different than AV’s in that regard? Indeed, Tippett’s Coyote teams haven’t made the playoffs in years. Not exactly an upgrade if you ask me.

        • Oct 30, 2017 at 2:12 pm

          Tippett took the Coyotes to the Western conference semis in 2012, defeating the Blackhawks along the way. Anyone who accomplished that for that moribund franchise deserves some kind of medal in my book.

          E3, you & anybody else who’s curious ought to look his record up. I’d include a link but that delays posts.

        • Oct 30, 2017 at 2:19 pm

          … how can you evenly remotely compare the past talent on AZ with the talent AV has had here in NY?

          • Oct 30, 2017 at 2:28 pm

            Add in the fact that Tippett had some good years during a period of serious ownership flux too–definitely something AV never dealt with, coaching 2 different original six franchises and 1 beloved & stable one in Vancouver.

            • Oct 30, 2017 at 2:34 pm

              Yep, plus he coached a team of mostly young kids in part because the team’s budget was literally HALF of ours. I don’t know if he’s the answer here (although I favor him), but he definitely deserves to be the equation.

              • Oct 30, 2017 at 3:22 pm

                You guys are only telling part of the story. When he was in Dallas, he had great teams that were loaded with high end talent that were only a few years removed from the Cup team. His teams were tremendous in the regular season, 111 pts, 97 pts, 112 pts, 107 pts and 97 pts, before crashing at 83 pts. But in those five playoff seasons, despite having a future HOFer like Mike Modano and great players like Jason Arnott and Sergei Zubov, among many others, the team was mostly a perennial playoff flop, losing in the 1st or 2nd round every year but one. Sounds like another Barry Trotz.

                Now, true, in Arizona, difficult situation, and when he had good talent in the beginning of his run there, he did an excellent job. I will just look at his first three seasons because it’s true, the team was a train wreck after that. 107 pts,, 99 pts, 97 pts. Playoffs–out in 1st round first two years, then an impressive run in 2012. But still, in 2010, they had home ice and lost to a team in Detroit that wasn’t all that great that season. Then lost to Detroit again. Then in 2012, they were the Pacific Champs. They had home ice and there was every expectation they could make a deep run. They did and credit to the coach.

                All in all, he did the best he could with a good but not great team that’s devoid of high end stars…just like AV and the Rangers. the idea that the Coyotes of 5 years ago were somehow inferior to this overrated team AV has coached is laughable. Neither team will go down in the annals of NHL history as having much in the way of high end talent.

                So, I’m not saying Tippett would be a bad choice. But I don’t at all see him as an upgrade who can do any better than AV or Ruff.

                Another point…if he’s so terrific, then why didn’t anybody take a flyer on him this off-season?

              • Oct 30, 2017 at 4:20 pm

                E3, nobody’s telling half the story. The end of 99% of sports coaches & managers is a bad one; dismissal is usually the end result of every single coach’s story. Very few retire on their own terms, or with championship success as their final professional coaching act. Vigneault’s imminent dismissal doesn’t erase the 2 great years he had here, the same way that the end of Tippett’s time in Dallas didn’t erase his consistent regular-season success with them. And as for the Coyote situation, that sad franchise is unique in the NHL for its pathetic ownership history, which played out largely on Dave Tippett’s watch. Acting like he did anything beyond a fine job out there is disingenuous–he did as well as anyone could with the budgetary restrictions forced upon him–and the team has rapidly gotten much worse without him.

              • Oct 30, 2017 at 4:27 pm

                You only focused on Arizona. You forgot to fully dive into his time in Dallas, which was checkered at best. That’s my definition of half the story.

                As for the rest, I think we are in total agreement on all counts. He did a very fine job. AV has done a very fine job. But I don’t see Tippett as an upgrade. He’s a good coach in the same vein as AV and Ruff. Translation–lateral move.

                The idea here is to upgrade. If a coaching change is to be made, that’s what the Rangers need to do.

              • Oct 30, 2017 at 4:40 pm

                I would disagree with your characterization of Tippett’s time in Dallas. He was decent in Dallas at worst–the team improved by 20+ points his first season there and then had some of their best regular seasons in their history under Tippett. If your knock on Tippett is that he can’t win the big one, I’m going to enjoy a nice cold beer and wallow in the boundless irony of Vigneault’s most steadfast supporter saying another coach isn’t that great because “he didn’t win it all”. They have virtually identical achievements, awards, and career trajectories, after all.

              • Oct 30, 2017 at 4:48 pm

                I think we are saying the same thing here. Tippett has done some good things. So has AV. So I’m not sure how Tippett is an upgrade? I’m not interested in a lateral move.

      • Oct 30, 2017 at 2:26 pm

        I agree with you on Tippett, he would be the best experienced candidate.

    • Oct 30, 2017 at 5:48 pm

      3E who is pulling the trigger on AV? Slats or JG?

      • Oct 30, 2017 at 6:09 pm

        I have no clue. First of all, we don’t know if it’s even true that AV is about to be fired. It’s just speculation.

        But I would assume that a move like that, with the significant financial ramifications of firing a coach who has nearly three full years left on his deal, would be an organizational decision involving Gorton, Sather and Dolan.

        • Oct 30, 2017 at 8:17 pm


          The organization is drowning in money, that won’t be much of a consideration if they want the man gone!

          • Oct 30, 2017 at 8:44 pm

            Very true, but a move of that nature is not like deciding to sign a Steve Kampfer. This is a major decision that the big three will likely be involved with—if that’s the direction they choose to go.

  • Oct 30, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    I would go with Daryl Sutter, I actually look at his history as a player before I look at his coaching background. The kids can’t look at Daryl and say he’s not asking them to do anything he he hasn’t done. As far as his coaching background? The results speak for themselves, he’s a proven winner and he’s there to get results. Alian is a good man, I never would have picked him to begin with. I’d also get rid of Rick Nash ASAP, he’s big, fast and skilled but he plays with no grit, he definitely shouldn’t be wearing an A on his sweater.

  • Oct 30, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    The whole coaching staff needs to go! As for a coach, hard to say who I want.. They definitely need a different voice.I will tell you the players have tuned the coaches out completely They are Unprepared to start games,lazy,no commitment,most of all no Grit to change things up.That starts with coaching. While were on the subject half the team needs to go. (Staal,Holden,Kampfer,Nash,Grabner) go with the kids,(Pionk,Graves,Letteiri, now DeAngelo) let them make the mistakes now and hopefully by the end of the year they are seasoned enough,instead of having veterans who make the same mistakes.

  • Oct 30, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    I agree that Sutter would be a good coach but he is so ugly that I couldn’t stand to look at him for a whole season. LOL. He would depress the hell out of me.

    • Oct 30, 2017 at 3:03 pm

      LOL scrangersfan,
      Maybe he could scare the players so much, they would skate faster!

  • Oct 30, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    I prefer cup winners that did it at every age level. Only a few people fit that profile.

    Mark Messier is one and should be mentioned in every article till he stands behind the bench.

    This is a rebuilding year so take your time to find the best head coach and in the meantime give Moose a shot.

    • Oct 30, 2017 at 3:25 pm

      He has never coached a minute in the pros. It’s a sentimental fan pick that IMO no serious NHL exec would consider. Hiring Mess would be just like the Knicks hiring Phil Jackson–and would likely diminish his legendary status.

      • Oct 30, 2017 at 4:15 pm

        Maybe , maybe not. Could it be better than right now and can you replace him later with someone better?

        It’s a win win win all around.

        • Oct 30, 2017 at 4:20 pm

          It’s actually a lose lose lose. Especially for Gorton. Imagine being the GM and having to tell a legend he is out? And, if he screws this up after giving AV a massive contract, and then is on the hook for two contracts? That will be the end for Gorton.

          If he is going to fire AV, he needs to be absolutely sure here and find someone with a very strong coaching resume. A Hail Mary is way too risky.

  • Oct 30, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Ruff for the rest of this year and Bylsma please!!

    • Oct 30, 2017 at 4:46 pm

      Why Bylsma? One great year when he had a team that was loaded (which he won’t have herre. Then in Bufalo, out quickly with a young team amidst reports the players didn’t care for him (Eichel in particular).

      So again, why is he an upgrade?

      • Oct 30, 2017 at 4:48 pm

        I have always liked him. He got a raw deal in Pitts.

        • Oct 30, 2017 at 4:58 pm

          Did he get a raw deal in upstate NY too? (not being a smart ass here, truly just wondering…..well maybe I am a little)

          • Oct 30, 2017 at 6:33 pm

            You can be a smart ass, lol. But I find that comment funny coming from yo who has blindly defended an inferior and over matched coach.

            I like being a smart ass too bro, lol.

  • Oct 30, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    Is Sheldon Keefe not an option at all? Maybe not during the season, but if the Rangers chose to revamp the coaching staff for next season? The guy doesn’t have any coaching at the NHL level, but he has a pretty strong resume at other levels.

    • Oct 31, 2017 at 6:59 am

      I think the Rangers should strongly consider candidates that have coaching experience at other levels.

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