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May
25

My thoughts on David Quinn

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After months of speculation and non-movement, the Rangers finally hired their next head coach: David Quinn of Boston University.  Obviously, this happened a few days ago and the staff here has done a nice job trying to contextualize a hire that doesn’t really have a lot of concrete information surrounding it.  For me, this was actually a good thing, as I had a couple days to try to digest the decision and its implications.  As you can imagine, I have my own thoughts… Read More→

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May
22

Some thoughts on David Quinn

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The Rangers are all but assured to be naming BU’s David Quinn as their next coach. The official announcement hasn’t come yet, but trustworthy sources like Bob McKenzie and Elliotte Friedman have said this is basically a done deal.

It looks like Quinn wasn’t their top target. Jim Montgomery turned down a lot more money from the Rangers to go to Dallas. However Quinn does appear to be a nice consolation prize. As per usual, I have some thoughts.

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Per both Elliotte Friedman and Bob McKenzie, the Rangers appear to have narrowed their coaching search to just one person. BU’s David Quinn seems in line to succeed Alain Vigneault as the next Rangers coach.

It’s been a pretty interesting coaching search, as other than Jim Montgomery picking Dallas there hasn’t been much news on this front. Quinn was initially rumored to be their target, but word had spread that he wanted to remain in BU. Whether that was true or not, or whether Quinn changed his mind, we don’t know.

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May
17

A Quick Word on Coaches

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Three of the four coaches still in the playoffs, and Peter Laviolette.

It has been an interesting spring for Rangers fans who have in recent years become accustomed to the hockey season lasting until around Memorial Day Weekend (and sometimes beyond).  Instead, the Blueshirts are at work off the ice, planning a rebuild that will hopefully serve as the foundation for another decade-plus of sustained playoff success and contention (and hopefully, the ultimate prize).

Yet it feels as though that process can’t really begin until one massive blank is filled in: the Head Coach.  But what if I told you that it doesn’t really matter who’s behind the bench on opening night come October?  Allow me to explain.

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Apologies for the delay on this one, as the news came a while ago. Cleaning house continues for the Rangers, as Scott Arniel and Daryl Williams were both let go. Arniel has been with the Rangers since Alain Vigneault took over for the 2013-2014 season. Arniel was largely in charge of the powerplay and the forwards.

Williams joined the Rangers one year after Arniel, leaving Vancouver to do so. Arniel and Williams were AV’s top two assistants.

Lindy Ruff remains with the team.

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Apr
07

Rangers fire Alain Vigneault

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The Rangers have fired head coach Alain Vigneault. This is an expected move, with the organization heading in a completely different direction than the coach. GM Jeff Gorton was non-committal on AV when the rebuild announcement was made, and this confirms that AV is not in the future plans.

Despite his issues in the past two seasons, AV leaves the Rangers as one of the most successful coaches in team history. He led the team to a Stanley Cup Final and an Eastern Conference Final in back to back seasons. He wasn’t the right coach anymore, and if not for some bad luck in 2015, may have a Stanley Cup on his resume.

The coaching search begins now.

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Mar
17

Alain Vigneault Still Looms

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Being a Rangers fan over the last few weeks has proven to be a strange existence. A lot of what we’re experiencing has the feel of Seinfeld’s Bizarro World: scoreboard-watching for repercussions on the draft lottery (as opposed to the playoffs), knowing that wins – while often fun – are not the best medicine, and still getting strangely upset at the Blueshirts’ glaring deficiencies while knowing that they’re an objectively bad team at present.

One key thing that remains is the presence of Alain Vigneault.  Indeed, there has been a lot more speculation about AV’s future than one would expect given the situation the organization is in.  A lot of people have pointed to Jeff Gorton’s non-committal comments last month as a sure sign that Vigneault would be fired at season’s end, but other than that, there seems to be a somewhat strong possibility that he may stay.  As Bob McKenzie noted on Wednesday night on NBCSN, the coach’s contract runs through the 2019-20 season at an estimated $4 million per year.  The Rangers would likely have to fork over a lot of that cash up front if they were to let him go.

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For years now, the Rangers have tailored their system around quality over quantity. It was a little maddening watching the Rangers get out-shot on a game by game basis, but it worked. The Rangers had the skill to back it up, and their high SH% was no fluke. This drove regular season success, and helped them to a Stanley Cup Final and Conference Final.

Fast forward to this season, and it all seems to be coming apart. While most of this was expected on the defensive end, it’s the lack of goals that does come as a little bit of a surprise. The Rangers are still talented up front, but it seems to come in spurts. Lately, those spurts have been Rick Nash or bust. And there is a very clear reason for that as well. The system is not designed to handle a combination of injuries and lack of depth.

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Jan
08

Midseason Report Card: The coaches

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Note: West coast games stink. I was asleep long before the game ended. I figure this post will suffice, given the bizarre roster choices made last night.

The Rangers have hit the midseason point of the year, and have a perfectly timed bye week to celebrate. I say it is perfectly times because it gives us a chance to do all the report cards before the Rangers play another game. Rob did the top-six forwards on Saturday, and it’s my turn to cover coaching.

The Rangers have four key coaches: Scott Arniel (powerplay/forwards), Lindy Ruff (PK/defense), Benoit Allaire (goalies), and Alain Vigneault (head honcho and decision maker). I promise to be as impartial as possible.

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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.

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