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07-15-2009, 10:05 PM
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Mike Sullivan To Join the Coaching Staff

Finally....

http://weblogs.newsday.com/sports/hockey/rangers/blog/

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The long-awaited deal for John Tortorella's former assistant coach, Mike Sullivan, to join the Rangers is complete and is expected to be announced Thursday, according to a source.

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So, what can we expect from this guy?

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so i assume shoeny is back to the front office?

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Guess he's a Torts guy.

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I don't blame Sullivan for trying to see if there was any possible way he could become a HC in the NHL right now but clearly there were no openings that made any sense to hire him.

I do think he's a really strong assistant though and am pleased that he's on board now.

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I do think he's a really strong assistant though and am pleased that he's on board now.
Yeah, so what do we know about this guy? Strengths? Weaknesses? Specialties? Will he handle all future water bottle-throwing?

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I hope his practice habits aren't ******.

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So, what can we expect from this guy?
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.

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I can finally change my avatar.

Torts brought in his buddy Sully.

No more excuses about not knowing to put a player in the box before the completion of a major penalty. Tortorella and Shoeny were looking at each other and shrugging their shoulders.

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so i assume shoeny is back to the front office?
He was only an interim assistant. You could only hope Mike Barnett and Jeff Gorton have been given greater responsibilities.

Jim Schoenfeld as AGM.

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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.

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this was speculated months ago and it finally surfaced

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Mike Sullivan is a huge Matt Gilroy fan. Another BU alum

Sullivan pushed for TB to sign Gilroy

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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."
http://blogs.tampabay.com/lightning/...lightning.html

Gilroy is making this team unless he falls flat on his face.

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Mike Sullivan is a huge Matt Gilroy fan. Another BU alum

Sullivan pushed for TB to sign Gilroy



http://blogs.tampabay.com/lightning/...lightning.html

Gilroy is making this team unless he falls flat on his face.
Gives Gilroy a bit of an edge going into camp with Sullivan being a big fan of his that's for sure. With or without Sullivan, Gilroy would have made the team anyway.

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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.

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who's this guy? What about the other guy we tried to get from Tampa.
Just busting RangerBoy's chops.(:

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Gives Gilroy a bit of an edge going into camp with Sullivan being a big fan of his that's for sure. With or without Sullivan, Gilroy would have made the team anyway.
Tortorella handles the forwards and Sullivan handles the defense.

You didn't read the posts regarding Gilroy not being ready or the Rangers should assign Gilroy to the AHL for salary cap purposes

I am not sure if his allowed but a podcast interview with Gilroy will be posted on Thursday morning

http://www.nyrangerscast.com/blog/20...view-complete/

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who's this guy? What about the other guy we tried to get from Tampa.
Just busting RangerBoy's chops.(:
I randomly highlighted your comment and found that pretty little gem.


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Who was Schoenfield yapping with that one game... I think it was the Colorado game. Smyth? Man, that was hillarious. I will miss that element from the staff.

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Cool, glad this finally got done.

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Who was Schoenfield yapping with that one game... I think it was the Colorado game. Smyth? Man, that was hillarious. I will miss that element from the staff.
It was Ian Laperriere. The newest member of the Orange Crud.

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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).

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