From what I remember in his Bruins days, he'll kind of be the calm to Tortorella's storm. Sort of like what Schoenfeld was last season although Sully does have significantly more fire/passion to him than what Schoeny does now and isn't affraid to show it.
A good comparison of the type of guy I thought of Sullivan as being is Craig Hartsburg. A good, solid coach who's better suited as Assistant because he really doesn't have a strong system he can put together himself.
Yeah, so what do we know about this guy? Strengths? Weaknesses? Specialties? Will he handle all future water bottle-throwing?
Sullivan is someone who will back up Tortorella on every thing he does, but he'll be more comfy for the players to communicate with regularly. In other words he'll get the messages across w/o being so confrontational or critical if that's another way to look at it.
I don't think he'll be involved with much gameplanning b/c I never thought of him as a really strong X's & O's guy with Boston. It's not necessarily that he was/is ****** at it but he was more of the type of coach who was concerned with line combos & defense pairs than preparing against certain opponents.
But he believes in fundamentals, and in hard-nosed hockey. Plus, I tend to like the recent track record of Providence Bruins HC's in the NHL. I'll never go on their board and admit it, but that's partly why I think Scott Gordon will be a good one for the Isles.
Mike Sullivan is a huge Matt Gilroy fan. Another BU alum
Sullivan pushed for TB to sign Gilroy
As for what Gilroy brings, Sullivan, who played at Boston University and has strong ties to the program, said Gilroy is a premier puck-mover.
"He really helps BU at the college level with its transition game," Sullivan said. "He can be a one-man breakout, just with his ability to beat pressure. I think he will bring the same elements to the pro game as well. I'm not sure he'll be a one-man breakout, but he'll certainly be a guy who can help a team get out of its own end."
You know, seeing those pics of Sullivan reminds me of how mellow Schoenfeld is or appears to be nowadays.
I still remember game 6 vs. the Caps & while every body wanted a take whacks at Brashear for the cheap shot on Betts, he was cool as a cucumber. He admitted flat out to Pierre McGuire that he didn't see it but still he didn't flinch which was noticeable.
It was Ian Laperriere. The newest member of the Orange Crud.
I never appreciated how young Lappy was when he played for the Rangers. Considering the Rangers got him for Matteau, I find it amazing it's the same guy. With Nordstrom retired, Laperriere is the last player around from the terrible McSorely/Kurri trade (with most players already retired 7-10 years).