All Encompassing Coaching and Glen Cigar Thread Part V
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05-26-2013, 05:50 PM
Take the damn deal
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Katie Strang wrote a good piece about the Rangers. this is the part about Torts
1. John Tortorella’s future with the team?
Know this: John Tortorella will be back as head coach when the team reconvenes in September, and no one will be looking forward more to the resumption of his notoriously-difficult training camp than him. Not having that few weeks -- critical ones in which he prides himself on being able to cultivate a tough mindset for his team -- hurt the Rangers in a lockout-shortened season. But every other coach dealt with those limitations, too. Tortorella is not on the hot seat now with all the mitigating factors in the Rangers’ second-round exit, but he will be under the microscope next season if his team falters in a similar fashion as 2013. The fiery coach admitted his own shortcomings in failing to coax the most out of his top offensive players, and he’ll have almost four bitter months to ruminate on the how and why.
Tortorella can't afford to let his stubbornness impede what the team now needs, which is a revamped style of play better suited to the personnel. His star players need room to maneuver and the leash to get creative. Whether he allows that to happen could very well determine his future with the organization
I wholeheartedly agree with the bolded.
another part discusses the PP
3. What to do with ailing power play?
Put plainly, the Rangers woeful power-play unit, just 4-for-44 (9.1%) was absolutely dreadful in the playoffs. For much of the regular season, too. In fact, this has been something that has hamstrung the team for years as they have searched, to no avail, for a right-handed defenseman with a big shot to quarterback their power play. That will be one of the team’s top priorities this summer, since the team’s current personnel seems incapable of turning things around themselves.
The Rangers are one team that also does not employ a power-play coach – Mike Sullivan is Tortorella’s only assistant – so perhaps a specialist could be brought in to help
Been advocating this for a while, it's time for an assistant coach to handle the offense and the PP.
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