Fire AV, Fire Sather. This is a bad hockey team.
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10-14-2013, 04:35 PM
Join Date: May 2008
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Bryan Trottier was a first year head coach. He was a head coach for one season in the AHL. The rest of his experience was as an assistant coach. Sather hires and fires Trottier. The Rangers still sucked. Sather went behind the bench. The team was still terrible. It wasn't a coaching issue. It was a Sather issue. Gorton and Clark weren't in the organization either. You guys can't blame them. It all revolves around Sather. Everything. Sather has been here since June 2000.
Sather wants to play an up tempo game. He said that was a reason why Tortorella was fired. One of the reasons. They have personnel suited to play stone age hockey. The personnel needs to change but Sather isn't up to the task. He is 70 years old. His mind isn't as sharp as it used to be. The Rangers need wholesale personnel changes. Its time for Glen to retire. Nothing will change as long as Slats is involved.
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What I find the most funny, is that AV's system is based on players having higher hockey IQ's. Sather, Gorton and Clarke have been drafting based on physical tools for a while now. McIlrath, Kreider, Miller, Skjei, Nieves, Fogarty, Yogan, etc.
I am not saying these kids are all dumb, but the mandate seems to have been based on physical gifts moreso than grabbing players who think the game at an elite level. Stepan is a good example of the latter.
Other teams use the draft to add skill to their lineup. They build their top lines/d-pairings through the draft, and fill in their 3rd/4th lines/bottom d-pairings through free agency.
The Rangers use the draft to add grinders to their lineup. They build their 3rd/4th lines through the draft, and have been attempting to use free agency to add skill to their lineup for what seems like an eternity.
Not sure how much of the drafting strategy had to do with Torts' system, but the lack of skill/hockey IQ on this team is very apparent.
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