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May
27

Some Key Quinn Quotes

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It’s a new era in New York. Not only is Alain Vigneault gone (and John Tortorella before him), but the Rangers have officially embarked on what some might call a rebuild (others might not, and that’s fine, but as we saw at the trade deadline there’s already been some major changes towards the future). Enter David Quinn. The now former BU coach is behind the bench for the Blueshirts and while some may have their (probably valid) criticisms, I think it’s a phenomenal hire. He’s a breath of fresh air and represents a total sea change as far as the mindset of this organization goes. If Jeff Gorton can convince Glenn Sather and James Dolan to get weird with it, then there’s a bridge I might just buy from him.

Going beyond the representative aspects of this hire though are the actual, ya know, coaching things. While Quinn may get a knock from some people for lacking in the X’s and O’s (which I’ll reserve judgement on until I actually see it for myself) there’s a few things buzzing around Quinn, many of which he’s said himself that have me excited. Most of these are from an interview he did on the Michael Kay show, but if you haven’t read his letter to the fan base that’s worth checking out as well. Without further ado, here’s David Quinn, in his own words.

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It’s a little bit dull around Rangerstown these days, given that our beloved Blueshirts did not make the playoffs. I’ve mentioned this on twitter a couple times, but in case that’s not your communicative medium of choice, it’s a kind of an empty feeling walking around midtown Manhattan, and Penn Station especially, without the buzz of the postseason in the air. I almost miss that dumb double-decker bus that does a loop of the lower 30s with all of the gaudy Rangers decorations and shouting Rangers fans on top of it (almost, but not actually).

Still, life, and the playoffs go on, and if you’ve been watching and taking notes (I haven’t actually been taking notes) then you may have made a few observations about what it takes to be successful in today’s NHL past the month of March. Or at least I have, so here’s a few thoughts. Feel free to share yours in the comments as well, because it’s always fun to take postseason hockey.

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Apr
30

No Need to Panic About Picking Ninth

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The draft lottery took place yesterday, and the results have some Rangers fans frazzled. The Blueshirts unfortunately didn’t land in the top three this draft, and will therefore be missing out on any of Rasmus Dahlin, Andrei Svechnikov, or Filip Zadina. The three of them are generally understood to be among the best prospects in recent memory, in particular Dahlin, and the fact that they won’t be Rangers any time soon is definitely a bummer. Still, this is an exceptionally deep draft, and I don’t think there’s any reason to panic about the Rangers picking 9th overall this upcoming draft. Allow me to explain.

1. We can still trade up – it’s likely not a great idea because of what we’d have to give to move into the 4-7 range (or even 3rd, as the Habs are allegedly open to trading the pick) and there will still be great players left at 9 (more on that in a moment), but if Jeff Gorton really really wanted to he could. There’s always a deal to be made, and this draft could be one of the silliest in recent memory, so I wouldn’t sweat it that the Rangers got the 9th pick because there’s a non-zero chance that they don’t actually wind up picking 9th. Still, GMJG may decide to stand pat, and then what? We’re left with some scrub? Quite to the contrary, we’ll be alright because…

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Apr
18

Remembering John Amirante

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John Amirante died on Tuesday. I’ve been thinking about it almost nonstop, and the feeling of grief still hasn’t left me. I’d only met him twice, briefly, and aside from that I’d only ever heard him do one thing: sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before Rangers games. Still, John Amirante was more than just the guy who sang the national anthem before Rangers games. He was a part of the Rangers family, what the Rangers meant.

I choose those words carefully, because right now, there’s no guarantee he’ll still be a part of what it means to bleed blue in this ever-changing era. Our team, the sport of hockey, and the world we live in are rapidly shifting, all given to us by our forebearers, many of whom are still with us but many of whom, like John, have either moved on or will be moving on as the pages turn. As this passage of time occurs we must commit ourselves to remembering and retelling their stories, over and over again, to keep them with us and one day pass them on to those who come next.

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It’s been a short while since Alain Vigneault was fired as the Rangers’ head coach – hopefully the feeling of relief (or whatever you may be feeling) has settled in a little bit and you’re ready to look toward the future. Along those lines I thought it’d be fun to take a look at a few coaching options for our beloved Blueshirts, but to make things interesting let’s stick to Rob’s rule of “never coached an NHL game”.

I’m following this dictum for a couple of reasons. The first is that I genuinely believe that the Rangers would be better off trying somebody new, provided they do their homework thoroughly and have a good idea what they’re in for with a strong candidate. The other reason is convenience: you probably have heard enough about Darryl Sutter, he of two Stanley Cups with the Kings, or even Bill Peters, rumored to have an out clause with the transitioning Carolina Hurricanes. So let’s make some new friends, shall we?

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On this emergency podcast we break the news that Alain Vigneault has been fired by the New York Rangers (just kidding, you knew that already) and unpack his tenure and undoing as Rangers head coach, while looking ahead towards the future. As always you can find us right here, on SoundCloud, and on iTunes. Feel free to leave us a comment or a review as well!

 

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Apr
07

Prayers and Funds for the Humboldt Broncos

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I didn’t have the chance to write anything about the Rangers last night or this morning but just wanted to throw up a quick post regarding the tragic bus accident that took the lives of 14 members of the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team in Saskatchewan and injured 14 others. I can’t really find any words to express how deeply upsetting this is, so I figured this might help instead: below is a link to the gofundme page set up to raise money for any expenses incurred by family members of the team, and if you have the means I’d encourage you to donate. Hockey is a tight knit community and even though we’re far away I’d imagine this one hits close to home for a lot of us. Let’s all say a prayer for the Humboldt Broncos.

https://www.gofundme.com/funds-for-humboldt-broncos

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Mar
31

Diamonds in the Rough

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The future is now, folks – Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil are both on-ice members of the New York Rangers and for the most part, the fanbase is pleased as punch. After a pretty disappointing year (nonsensical coaching, injuries to star players, general malaise) we finally have something genuine to be excited about, something not couched in caveats or qualifiers. I too, am excited, but unfortunately I have to be the bearer of bad news: although Andersson and Chytil have certainly shown great promise, they’re still diamonds in the rough.

Let’s start with the bad news: last night both Chytil and Andersson got caved in as far as shots go, with Chytil being on ice for 11 shots for and 16 shots against, while Andersson was on ice for 11 shots for and a whopping 21 shots against. Expected goals is a little bit better, with Chytil being on ice for 0.94 xGF and 1.00 xGA, with Andersson being on ice for 0.52 xGF and 1.80 xGA. Not exactly a great night, but Chytil did have his first NHL goal, and made some nice plays with Mats Zuccarello, and the Rangers broadly got hammered in terms of shots and expected goals, so there’s that.

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Welcome back all to this week’s edition of How Not to Rebuild. After two riveting examinations of the laughably bad Edmonton Oilers and the actually-just-kind-of-OK Carolina Hurricanes, I figured we’d go back to another team that is really, truly, not very good. For this week I figured it’d be appropriate to take a look at the Arizona Coyotes, our favorite desert hockey team (as opposed to the LA Kings, who are no friends of ours here, or the Vegas Golden Knights, who are just sort of bizarre).

The boundaries we’re going to place on this analysis is the 2012-13 season to present, given that in 2011-12 they made it all the way to the Conference Finals, having lost the previous two post-seasons in the first round. So really, not as if they had a ton of sustained success in the first place (their 2009-10 playoff berth was their first since 2001-02) but whatever, playoffs are playoffs (or so I’m told). It’s worth pointing out that things don’t break down as easily in terms of the rebuild lining up with coaching/management changes either, as Dave Tippett was coach from 2009-2017 and Don Maloney was GM from 2007-2016, with the former being replaced by Rick Tocchet and the latter by the infamous Computer Boy, John Chayka. In any event, let’s take a look at their draft history first.

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Continuing on in the series about how not to rebuild a team, I thought it’d be interesting to take a look at the Carolina Hurricanes in the wake of their firing of their general manager, Ron Francis. What makes the Canes especially interesting is that they’re not in an Edmonton or Buffalo situation – they’re a decent team with decent players, it’s just that every year they seem to be on the cusp and can never quite get over the hump. Why is that?

Let’s start with the good – Ron Francis has done a fine job of managing his salary cap, the details of which can be found here, on CapFriendly, with the real big doozy here being Jordan Staal’s long-term contract, signed before Francis became GM. After that their next highest paid forward is Victor Rask, who, although he isn’t exactly star talent, is hardly what’s ailing the Hurricanes, at least in terms of dollars and cents. Justin Faulk’s contract is reasonable for the kind of player he is, and the Pesce and Slavin contracts are (at least in my opinion) veritable steals as far as locking down two excellent young d-men go for many years at reasonable cost. Really, aside from that Staal contract, the next big issue is the risk Francis took on Scott Darling, who although he’s had a rough year, could conceivably bounce back (or not) depending on a coaching change, the personnel in front of him, etc.

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