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Head Coach Vacancy Pt III: How's your spelling? (Eakins/Vigneault/Messier/Gretzky)
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06-03-2013, 06:02 AM
HOPE & CHANGE
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: New York
Those Black-and-Blueshirts, led by franchise goalie Henrik Lundqvist and directed by stern coach John Tortorella, were here to stay. They were going to compete for a Stanley Cup every season, and were going to reengage the city in a hockey fever that hadn’t existed since 1994, the year they broke their 54-year championship drought.
But those days and that sentiment of hope is now entirely in flux. Last Wednesday, Tortorella was unceremoniously shown the door. Two days after losing to the Bruins in a five-game Eastern Conference semifinal, Lundqvist hedged on his desire to re-sign with the team once he becomes a free agent after this season.
So now it’s on general manager Glen Sather to make the biggest decision of recent memory. He has to decide on a new coach, someone he hopes can take his team over the hump and back to the glory land. The wrong decision, and all of the franchise building done over the past decade — the development of Lundqvist above all else — could go by the wayside.
Sather needs an experienced/professional head coach. Not someone who hasn't coached a single game outside of some obscure tournament or someone who hasn't coached in four years.
The Rangers need someone to build on what Torts did by adding to it.
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