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04-17-2013, 02:42 PM
Kel Varnsen
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Originally Posted by MortUWary View Post
If the Rangers make the playoffs, I say that Tortorella should get a brief reprieve. Otherwise, he simply needs to go. I had posted this in the prior thread on 3/25, but feel it needs repeating:

In the "Post-Lockout Era," only 1 coach with a tenure greater than 3 seasons has won a Stanley Cup (this is Tortorella's third full season, btw):
  • 2012 - LA Kings (Darryl Sutter: 1st season/mid-season replacement)
  • 2011 - Boston Bruins (Claude Julien: 4th season)
  • 2010 - Chicago Blackhawks (Joel Quenneville: 2nd season)
  • 2009 - Pittsburgh Penguins (Dan Bylsma: 1st season/mid-season replacement)
  • 2008 - Detroit Red Wings (Mike Babcock: 3rd season)
  • 2007 - Anaheim Ducks (Randy Carlyle: 3rd season)
  • 2006 - Carolina Hurricanes (Peter Laviolette: 2nd season)

History is not on JT's side here and from what it seems this season the team is flat-out underachieving while on his watch. He's made HUGE strides in getting this team to this level (post-Renney mess), he might not be the one to get us to the next level. This offense should not be THIS bad. The Power Play should not be THIS bad. As several people have pointed out, he's a better motivator than tactician. If he's not motivating the players and getting them ready to start games or they've simply tuned him out (read: Gaborik), then Slats/Gorton/whomever needs to start actively searching for his successor. "Safe is death" and "instinctive hockey" were promised and we've never seen that under this coach's watch.
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