Wow. Saw this news on twitter when I got out of class and this is my first time commenting on it. I'm a bit surprised considering 1) this was a shortened season, 2) we got to the ECF last season, and 3) we got out of the first round this season. I was thinking he would definitely get at least one more year but I'd say I'm content with this move. I hope whoever is hired can fix our transition game as I think breaking out of our own zone is one of our major weaknesses (aside from the obvious one, scoring).
I dont see a point here. Pretty sure there isn't one.
If you think the drafting has been so good, care to explain how the Rangers have ended up with zero elite homegrown players and very few homegrown depth players in 13(!!!!!!) years and counting?
Oddly, the Rangers rank 4th in GP among players they drafted since 2004. Those who have played in the NHL are scattered all over the place though. Korpikoski, Montoya, Byers, Dubinsky, Petruzalek, Cliche, Dupont, Pyatt, Russell, Sanguinetti, Anisimov, Grachev, Kundratek, Weise, Horak.
Sather did say that Tortorella was shocked to hear the news, but that he took it like a gentleman. The decision is believed to be unrelated to the team’s 2012-13 regular-season record and second-round playoff elimination, but rather to the core belief by management that the club’s players had grown weary of Tortorella’s overbearing personality.
Someone has been watching the playoffs
As for moving forward, Sather continued to be evasive about the type of coach he would like to hire. Yet he did point out there are similarities between the teams still alive fighting for the Stanley Cup – the Penguins and Bruins in the East finals, and the Kings set to take on the winner of Wednesday night’s Game 7 between the Blackhawks and Red Wings.
“If you look at the teams that are going to be contending for the Stanley Cup, there are specific ingredients that every team has and some teams don’t have,” Sather said. “I’d like to take the best of what those teams have and integrate them into our team.”