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Head Coach Vacancy Pt III: How's your spelling? (Eakins/Vigneault/Messier/Gretzky)
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05-30-2013, 04:09 PM
Son of Steinbrenner
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Therein lies the problem.
This is not a win now team.
We thought we were with both Nash and Gabby, but with Gabby and Richards no showing on the season, being a win now team is/was a pipe dream.
Now, to get back to what we were hoping for, we still need that secondary scoring threat like a gaborik, we still need that top line center because while Stepan is a good player, I'm not convinced he is a consistent top line guy.
Need for Staal to get back to being Staal AND we need an offensive defenceman that can QB a PP
To soft at the top 6, to slow and limited talent on the bottom 6
the team has quite a few holes and no re-tread HC is going to address that.
Bring in a younger guy with a different approach and let him grow with this team. Because as currently constructed, we are no where near winning now.
Now back to reality....
This is a win now team. How anybody can say it isn't is beyond me. With Lundqvist in the last year of a contract, with great defense, and a solid nuclease of youthful and veteran forwards. Does the team have holes? Yes, the main hole being having the talent group not suited for the system the team runs. Which is one of the main reasons why we need a new coach. Imagine if the Rangers had a power play. We can't say they didn't have the talent to have a moderately succesful power play. The Rangers have holes, obvious holes but not huge gaping holes that a full rebuild is needed. The notion that the best guy we can hire is somebody with no experience that can maybe, hopefully, grow with the the team is ludicrous. It's not realistic to think that's the way the Rangers will go or is the right thing to do. Not for this roster.
The Rangers have the chance to hire Lindy Ruff and they should do it. The notion that coaches grow with teams and everybody lives in happyland is ********. The next coach of the Rangers is going to be judged by his record, by his execution of a plan, etc. The coach that needs time to "grow" with a veteran team will be out of a job after a season and we will be looking for a new coach next year.
Ruff is somebody that had teams that worked hard. He almost never had a team that spent over the mid-cap. He survived ownership changes, roster changes, and his system works. He is the best choice for the job. Why we feel the need to play the "who's the most obscure candidate we can find" game is beyond me. This is the Head Coach of a team that could easily find itself contending again next year with virtually the same roster AND an upgraded special teams. Yet we should bring in somebody that has to learn on the job??
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