Thread: Larry Brooks: Eight Steps To Fix Flunking Rangers
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04-13-2010, 05:25 AM
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Eight Steps To Fix Flunking Rangers

So what should the Rangers do, assuming that Sather and Tortorella remain?

1. Restructure the front office so that Sather's replacement is in place next year as his assistant. If it's Mark Messier, then send him on the road next year to scout. If it's not going to be Messier, let him know now and hire someone else.

2. Jim Schoenfeld is either the assistant coach or assistant GM. Call me crazy, but it seems as if the GM of the AHL Wolf Pack (part of the assistant GM's job description) should actually watch the Wolf Pack play here and there.

3. If Ken Gernander is not a candidate to become the next head coach of the Rangers, he cannot be coach of the Wolf Pack. The AHL coaching job is not a reward for years of meritorious service.

4. With the exception of role players such as a veteran seventh defenseman, stay away from the free-agent market and stay away from trading for fading veterans with onerous contracts.

5. Stay the course. Do not engage in yet another extreme makeover that would see the roster turned over for the third straight summer. There can be neither stability nor structure without continuity. Nurture the core that includes Henrik Lundqvist, Marc Staal, Dan Girardi, Michael Del Zotto, Matt Gilroy, Marian Gaborik, Erik Christensen, Ryan Callahan, Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Chris Drury, Sean Avery, Brandon Prust, Jody Shelley and P.A. Parenteau.

6. Draft selections have improved immeasurably since the hiring of Gordie Clark to run the player personnel department. The Rangers may have something in Derek Stepan, Chris Kreider, Ryan McDonagh (a trade acquisition), Evgeny Grachev, Dale Weise and Ryan Bourque. Trust Clark's judgment and consider him for the post of assistant GM/GM in waiting.

7. Repeat No. 5, over and over and over again. There is no quick fix on the horizon. In other words, no Sheldon Souray, no Vincent Lecavalier, no Patrick Marleau, no Joe Thornton, no Brad Richards, no Pavol Demitra.

8. Do not even think about raising season-ticket prices.
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Agree with everything.

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