It’s been a rollercoaster the final week and a half. There’s been a lot happening that a few of our deliberate posts have been pushed again, because the Rangers proceed to overtake all the construction of the entrance workplace and training workers. In all this got here a rumor that Gerard Gallant could also be a entrance runner for the Rangers head teaching place. The search will take a while, however there are different choices for the Rangers at head coach.
Beginning with the supposed entrance runner, Gallant is a coach that has seen some tough luck. He had the Florida Panthers performing effectively, however a entrance workplace coup that dismantled a profitable group led to Gallant being kicked to the curb, actually. He then took an enlargement Vegas group to the Cup Finals, solely to be terminated just a few years later as issues apparently received private with the GM. Keep in mind, Gallant was lower than two years faraway from a Jack Adams Award.
Gallant has a profession .600 successful proportion as a head coach. He has a monitor file with two groups of taking them to sudden outcomes. Neither Florida nor Vegas had been anticipated to be good, but Gallant guided them and received buy-in. There’s an alternate actuality someplace that has Gallant nonetheless with Florida or Vegas, as his on-ice outcomes didn’t warrant dismissal from both group.
Nonetheless, Gallant managed to let his star scorers do their factor whereas additionally shopping for into the defensive side of the sport. He didn’t run overly sophisticated programs both, which makes it simpler for younger youngsters to get accustomed. Much less is extra. Much less micromanagement and fewer complication results in higher outcomes.
The offense whisperer, he was final employed by the Minnesota Wild and was changed mid yr final season. Boudreau excels in puck possession and driving offense, particularly group offense. A few of these Wild groups had no enterprise competing primarily based on roster development, however he received the buy-in and helped drive the offense with aggressive programs that had been heavy on the forecheck with protection seeking to break up performs on the blue line to hitch the push.
Boudreau’s groups weren’t unhealthy defensively, simply extra passive than you may anticipate even with one man at all times pressuring the puck. Typically his groups would restrict excessive priced actual property whereas seeking to power a turnover. Which may truly work with the group of gamers assembled.
Boudreau can be an attention-grabbing choice for Rangers head coach, if solely as a result of he looks like a legitimately relaxed man who gained’t let the media actually get to him. Which means one thing in a giant market. Boudreau can be my private #2 after Gallant.
May the Rangers go together with spherical 3 of John Tortorella? It looks like he’s at the very least one of many choices for Rangers head coach, albeit an unlikely choice. His contract was not renewed in Columbus, and he managed to make each Pierre-Luc Dubois and Patrik Laine lose all want to play the sport. There’s one thing to be mentioned for making stars sad. Keep in mind Torts did the identical to Marian Gaborik.
However what Torts does have going for him is a willingness to vary his programs and construction for his groups. He let Seth Jones and Zach Werenski run wild as “rovers,” a tactic that would work wonders for Okay’Andre Miller and presumably Adam Fox. His Columbus groups weren’t essentially unhealthy both. They at all times had first rate metrics however had some terrible luck with accidents. There was additionally a roster composition concern, as many lacked true ending ability.
What Torts has going in opposition to him is the recency bias with Laine/PLD. He additionally has some media in New York which might be nonetheless out to get him. However he does promote extra of a North/South recreation, which is what Drury, who performed for Torts as a Ranger, has mentioned the Rangers want. Artemiy Panarin additionally performed for Torts.
Ultimately, it’s a matter of whether or not the Rangers wish to have Torts for one more go-round. It could work, it might not. I don’t assume it will be the unmitigated catastrophe that people are making it out to be, although.
Claude Julien is finest identified for successful a Cup with the Bruins in 2011, a group that Jeff Gorton principally constructed earlier than getting let go. Most not too long ago with Montreal, his groups had been subpar, however he did handle to get a second spherical look final season earlier than being let go. His firing was an entire shock, because the Habs did have sudden success prior.
Julien is a defensive minded coach, so the match is a query. Given the feedback from some gamers, the Rangers is likely to be on the lookout for a extra offensive minded man, or at the very least one which gained’t micromanage his star gamers. Julien will get extra out of the sum of the components, which is sweet, but when the celebs can’t run free, inside cause, then is it match?
Muller’s identify is talked about loads, and he was a part of the Habs’ overhaul when letting Julien go. He hasn’t been a head coach since his Carolina days. These groups had been unhealthy, but it surely wasn’t actually Muller’s fault. I don’t know a lot about Muller, however his identify is popping up as one of many head coach choices for the Rangers.
For some cause, Hartley’s identify gained’t go away. He’s been teaching within the KHL since being dismissed by Calgary after lacking the playoffs three of 4 years. Hartley’s fame is successful the Stanley Cup with Ray Bourque in 2001. However he’s additionally seen success within the KHL. I don’t know a lot about him, apart from his Calgary groups weren’t good. However how a lot of that was poor goaltending? There’s solely a lot a coach can do with Karri Ramo as their goalie.
Provided that Carolina doesn’t re-sign him. They’ll.
Mike Babcock / Mark Messier
One received run out of city in Toronto for being a real jerk. The opposite has completely no teaching expertise. Neither are a match.