When the Rangers went from John Tortorella to Alain Vigneault a few years back, I was a little spooked that certain players may not get a fair shot with new blood. One of those players was Mats Zuccarello. Mats was always under utilized by Torts and at times, it seemed as if he was not going to be a Ranger for long. Luckily, the Rangers kept him around and Zuccarello blossomed under Alain Vigneault’s system and is now a Rangers mainstay. Read more
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As reported by New York Post writer, Larry Brooks, and various other outlets, Jim Montgomery will be announced as the next coach of the Dallas Stars within the next few days. Montgomery, 48, was one of the top candidates for the Rangers head coach opening but with him off the market it’s time for them to look elsewhere. That “elsewhere” the Rangers should look is up north in Toronto where the Toronto Marlies play. Their head coach, Sheldon Keefe, should now be moved to the top of their list. Read more
More and more it’s becoming clear that the Rangers need to hire a coach that isn’t part of the NHL’s coaching carousel. Read more
Folks, let’s talk New York Rangers. The opinions of this article will be unpopular, but there are so many Rangers hot takes out there, I might as well share my own. Between the post-deadline team, Alain Vigneault and the “tank”, it seems like at every turn a ‘stupid’ decision happens. Let’s get to it folks.
“Those aren’t boo’s, those are Zucc’s, Zuuc’s!” Read more
Pavel Buchnevich has always been this enigmatic icon among Rangers fans. Even before he ever took the ice for prospect camp, fans all over were drooling over his YouTube highlights; instantaneously warranting the viewpoint that Buchnevich had to be a talent the likes of Vladimir Tarasenko. His first season with the New York Rangers organization was a roller coaster, one marked by highs and lows alike.
Maybe we’re wrong about Alain Vigneault and his development of young players. Stay with me here, but let’s judge this based on track record alone. For years, the Rangers were notorious for blowing it with young players. Was it talent or was it development? Michael Del Zotto failed to develop into the player he could’ve been under John Tortorella and is now showing he is a solid player, and Dylan McIlrath was the mystery that could never be cracked.
Mixed within the names of a Gilbert, Giacomin, Greschner, Leetch, Messier and so forth, there are names like Daigle, Deveaux, Frolov etc. Lesser Known Rangers dives into this topic, making you say “Oh yeah, I had no idea he was a Ranger” or “Was he really on the team? So strap yourselves in and prepare to take a trip down obscure hockey player avenue! Let’s begin!
Tortorella (Team USA)
John Tortorella loves America. His son serves in our military so he doesn’t take to kindly to any disrespect to the U.S. Flag! Read more
The predicted 2016 Stanley Cup champs are off to a 1-3-1 start and one of the most improved teams on paper is 0-6. What gives? Read more