Why the Rangers need to choose Jeff Beukeboom

Ex Ranger, future Ranger?
Ex Ranger, future Ranger?

Former Rangers blueliner Jeff Beukeboom is likely the fan’s choice to replace Ulf Samuelsson and he’s the emotional choice to be the Rangers next assistant coach thanks to all his obvious connections to the big club. Emotions aside however, and Beukeboom is indeed the right choice, and for several critical reasons.

Continuity is something that’s a common theme in successful organisations and Beukeboom knows the organisation better than maybe anyone else – certainly better than any other assistant coach candidate. It can only be seen as an advantage that he’s so familiar with the club, with the systems and with the majority of the blueliners in the organisation.

Beukeboom has been with the WolfPack since 2012 and will know better than most how the Rangers can best integrate Dylan McIlrath (assuming he is even retained – which he should be). Beukeboom will know Brady Skjei well from their time together last season so he’ll surely be able to help accelerate the Rangers top prospect into a top four role. He’ll also know how far away fellow blueline prospect Ryan Graves is from being NHL ready following his own solid introduction to pro hockey.

Assume for a moment Graves has outstanding off and pre-seasons and is either close to a call up or is deemed on the bubble as a 6/7D. In this case Beukeboom will have had a direct ‘influence’ on 4 of the Rangers top 6-7 blueliners next season. Don’t underestimate the intimate knowledge the current Wolfpack Assistant possesses about the Rangers stable of blueliners and how that should help with improving the unit’s performance.

Most will agree that the Rangers biggest Achilles heel this year was their defensive unit. Why not bring a well regarded veteran into the fold who knows the unit so well? It seems a no-brainer. The Rangers would really benefit if Skjei and McIlrath were ready for significant roles next year. Their readiness will surely be accelerated by Beukeboom’s presence.

Beukeboom is in fact also an essential choice given just how important it is to the Rangers to improve the ‘D’ in the short to mid term. If the team is going to stick with Dan Girardi and Marc Staal then they’ll need the younger defenseman in the system to improve, play important minutes and assume meaningful roles and at least begin to push Dan Girardi into a lesser (and more appropriate) role. Can the Rangers achieve all this just as easily if they hire an external candidate who hasn’t the familiarity with the organisation’s current crop of youngsters? Debateable.

Jeff Beukeboom is the logical choice, he’s the emotional chose and it appears he’s the best choice for the now and to ensure someone is best placed to positively impact the future if the defensive core remains the same.

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32 thoughts on “Why the Rangers need to choose Jeff Beukeboom

  • Jun 3, 2016 at 7:01 am

    I think it would be a great move n also be a big help for a Mclirath n Skjei. Getting those two guys going would be a tremendous lift for this team

  • Jun 3, 2016 at 8:11 am

    First, and foremost, Jeff has the knowledge, and experience enough to handle the job, and will do well !

    That stated, he has earned it by working for the organization, doing an admirable job of teaching the kids, and seems level headed enough to be given a legitimate shot at the position. What was the old Merrill Lynch saying, “we earned it”. Well, Jeff earned it, and should be given the job, unless AV doesn’t want him on his staff.

    • Jun 3, 2016 at 8:25 am

      “What was the old Merrill Lynch saying, “we earned it”. ”

      It was actually a Smith Barney commercial

      • Jun 3, 2016 at 8:52 am

        “When E.F. Hutton talks… People Listen”

      • Jun 3, 2016 at 3:03 pm

        I stand corrected, thanks……..

  • Jun 3, 2016 at 8:16 am

    he would be a big help for the defense particularly McIlrath and Skjei they are the future for this team and a help for the other d guys

  • Jun 3, 2016 at 8:18 am

    As with players within the organization, you also have to show coaches that their is room for advancement within the organization. This is a place where you can show Beuk that you have done well in Hartford and the reward is a place behind the bench with the big club.

    A new vision and perspective might be a good thing. Hopefully, AV will welcome some new ideas. We’ll see about that.

    Let’s get a PP coach in there too!

    • Jun 3, 2016 at 11:09 am

      Great perspective. The opportunity for advancement is important in any business. It is one form of incentive that increases productivity. As far as the Rangers, it has to be frustrating for the young guys seeing management always looking for the quick fix and trading for, in the Rangers case, past their prime players.
      I feel we should work on the formation of a productive Wolfpack, and promote from within. And maybe, just maybe, the way to form a good minor league team is to stop trading away our high draft picks.
      As far a Beuk goes, I loved the way he played and so did his team mates.

  • Jun 3, 2016 at 8:33 am

    I am not sure this is the year for Buek. Do we know if in Hartford he did as much for them as AV asks of his assistants? I am not sure, but if Buek is not running the D-lines and running the PK and zone coverage stuff in Hartford that may be a lot to ask of him day 1.

    AV could be on the hot seat next season. Do they want to promote Buek, fire AV and tell a new coach you have to take Buek as an assistant?

    AV also knows he is on the hot seat, so he will want a Rick Bowness type he can trust and not need to teach.

    I think Buekeboom is one year away and hopefully it is not because AV is fired after a bad season.

  • Jun 3, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Off topic but topical, I hate these pens up 2-0

    • Jun 3, 2016 at 10:04 am

      What is worse then the Pens up 2-0, is their 3rd line! Our castaway and a nobody making their coaching staff look like genius’. When you look at the way Stanley Cup hockey is being played, you just know we were not good enough, and that is what really hurts. Maybe, our top 6 could play at this level (maybe), but that is it. Maybe our top pair (maybe). After that, we would be outplayed and outworked. We need an infusion of life and heart. Where it will come from, I am unsure.

      • Jun 3, 2016 at 10:33 am

        we would have been good enough had Genius Sather not traded hagelin, duclair, stempniak and let strallman walk away

        • Jun 3, 2016 at 1:32 pm

          We have to make new moves and build a new dynasty – remember when Nash got us A, B and C! That is all we can hope for at this point.

          We also need to turn the picks we have into stars and not Hugh Jessiman’s

    • Jun 3, 2016 at 12:04 pm

      Have you noticed that Crosby never whines anymore? He just plays hockey.

      Come on. We have two talented fun-to-watch relatively clean hockey teams in the Final. Enjoy it. It isn’t about hating the Pens or Devils or the Islanders, it’s about becoming a better team.

      • Jun 3, 2016 at 1:33 pm

        So true (but can I still hate the Islanders?)

        • Jun 3, 2016 at 2:12 pm

          Sure — notice I couldn’t bring myself to include the Flyers.

    • Jun 3, 2016 at 12:41 pm


      • Jun 3, 2016 at 12:44 pm

        it looks extremely dangerous and may attack at any time. we must deal with it.

  • Jun 3, 2016 at 10:02 am

    I would be shocked if Beuk isn’t promoted to the staff of the big club. It makes too much sense.

    Skjei is going to be a huge part of the team next season. He’ll likely play on the second pair for most of the year and be counted on to log over twenty minutes a night. Having a guy in Beuk that watched and coached Skjei for almost the entirety of last season will be a massive help for AV.

    • Jun 3, 2016 at 11:12 am

      It making too much sense is one reason we should be concerned. Management always hasn’t conducted themselves in a sensible manner!
      Lets hope Gorton changes that.

  • Jun 3, 2016 at 11:31 am

    Great post Chris, Spot on. Beuk also has a couple of Stanley Cup rings on his Resume. He is a winner, team player, and had a nasty streak that kept the opposition on its toes. With the proper playing time, and confidence I feel we have his clone in Mcllrath.

  • Jun 3, 2016 at 11:51 am

    Of course, hiring Beuk makes absolute sense, but it all comes down to his relationship with AV & whether AV trusts him or not. This is an instance where Gorton needs to assert himself and tell AV that HE wants Beuk. It’s the GM that should be running the team, not the coach, and something that is overlooked is that Beuk will not just help DMac & Skjei, he’s going to help G, Staal & McDonagh too. But if he’s just there to do what AV wants him to do, I doubt he’ll take the job. An assistant coach needs some autonomy & say in what his charges need to do & how they need to play or he’s just a useless appendage.

  • Jun 3, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    Very good points, and I’ll add another. I imagine Beukeboom had a lot to do with McIlrath’s development. He came in as a one dimensional bruiser, but after several years in Hartford he became a solid physical defensemen who nit only can lay down a devastating hit, but also knows how to make the smart plays with the puck to get out of the defensive zone. As the defensive coach Beukeboom had a lot of time with McIlrath, and I think he deserves a lot of the credit for his emergence. This gives him a lot of credibility as a coach in my book, and with all the young D men likely to be on the roster next year, he will be very useful in helping them adjust to the NHL.

    • Jun 3, 2016 at 5:20 pm

      Couldn’t agree more. When DMAC was largely written off as a bust, Beuk saw the potential there & recognized that DMAC is a winner and he didn’t give up on him. He did a fantastic coaching job there, and although many believe Dylan is a slow footed, pedestrian defenceman, I believe he has more upside & I’ll bet Beuk does too. He’s not going to bench the guy when he makes a mistake, he’s going to support & tutor him and he can do the same with Skjei & the vets too. It’s all about relationships in coaching. You teach but you let the guy be himself.

  • Jun 3, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    Beuk is absolutely the answer here.

    And sadly, I expect the front office to bungle this situation as well.

  • Jun 3, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    I read, somewhere that Rick Bowness is a possibility to get the job. Has a long history with AV—-very loyal to each other. We’ll see.

    • Jun 3, 2016 at 5:22 pm

      Sometimes the creative response is to go outside your comfort zone so that you progress too. just like Jackson did with Hornacek.

  • Jun 3, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Off topic, I have a question. Can someone let me know if…

    Could it be possible the rangers are not showing any money plans (like potential buyouts) in order to make moves down the road?

    Not showing other teams that they intend to clear space for possible players?

    does this happen, make sense, or am I just hopelessly hoping brooks comment on keeping certain players is untrue…

    • Jun 3, 2016 at 7:47 pm

      The Brooks article almost certainly represents what the Ranger management wants the world to believe their plans are. The world of course is principally other teams and Ranger fans.

      Could there be an element of intentional deception? sure
      but if the stuff is not mostly right, the credibility is lost and the trick doesn’t work.

  • Jun 4, 2016 at 12:18 am

    Beuk. Please.

    • Jun 4, 2016 at 5:35 am

      Agree Beuk. Lets not blame Ulfie, you got the ‘Associate head coach and the great AV who along with alot of players did not make it happen. Easier to change coaches so if this is the start- good deal. But other moves are needed ; both player and coach moves.

  • Jun 4, 2016 at 7:28 am

    This team needs accountability, both to each other AND the sweater. That accountability starts with the head coach.
    Flatbush, I agree changes need to be made and not just with the players.
    AV’s hands off approach seems to lend to a laise-fare (boy I bet I screwed up that spelling!) attitude that permeates throughout this team.
    Buek came from a culture where team comes first. He is the right guy for this job whether or not he’s AV’s first choice.

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