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Mike Sullivan won’t be behind the bench next year either
As the feeling of shock lifts from the Ranger fan community, we’ve begun to examine some possible replacements for coach John Tortorella. The new man behind the bench will be the story of the offseason, but the departure of Tortorella could also have an impact on many other important decisions the franchise will make.
Henrik Lundqvist will sign a contract extension
I still believe that The King’s comments on Monday were harmless, but many Rangers fans panicked over Lundqvist’s hesitation to commit to New York long term. To me, Lundqvist was only being smart before negotiating what should be his final NHL contract, one that will put a massive dent in New York’s payroll going forward. Nevertheless, there have been some clues that Lundqvist was less than thrilled with Tortorella. With the ornery general out of the way, no amount of money or years should be an obstacle in locking up Hank for the next eight years. Firing Tortorella was a strong message to Lundqvist and others that New York recognizes its window won’t be open indefinitely and that there’s a sense of urgency every year to bring home the Cup. Expect Lundqvist to ink a new pact this summer.
Brad Richards will be bought out
GM Glen Sather’s admission that scratching Richards in the postseason was “an organizational decision,” not just Tortorella’s, might indicate that the Rangers brass was in agreement that Richards’ time in New York was done, while Tortorella dug his heels. Tortorella and Richards have a long-standing friendship and there’s no doubt that Torts gave Richards a longer leash than many other Blueshirts that have struggled in recent years. Disagreement over a potential Richards buyout probably wasn’t what fractured Tortorella’s relationship with the team for good, but it stands to reason that Tortorella wanted to give Richards another shot next year, while Slats and company were in favor of a buyout. With Tortorella out of the picture, it’s more likely than ever that Richards will soon follow him out the door.
Assistant coach Mike Sullivan’s will also be let go
Sullivan hasn’t officially been handed his walking papers yet, but that’s inevitable. Whoever the new Rangers coach is will surely want to bring in his own staff and Sullivan won’t be a part of it. It’s also a pretty good bet that the new coach will either have proven success in coaching power plays, or be advised to bring on an assistant that does.
Dan Girardi and other Torts soldiers may now be less valuable
Before we knew Torts’ fate, Chris suggested that the Rangers consider trading Dan Girardi this summer. That sounded like blasphemy to me at the time, but without Tortorella it makes a whole lot more sense. A black and blue shot blocker like Girardi could not have been more valuable to Torts, but the next Rangers coach might place much more importance on puck movers like Ryan McDonagh, John Moore and Michael Del Zotto. That’s not a strength of Girardi’s game, so perhaps it makes sense to see if Girardi can be converted into an asset or assets that better suit the new coach. Some of Tortorella’s other favorite soldiers – Brian Boyle? – might be in the same boat.
Glen Sather’s last hire
Sather has done a much better job over the last several years, but it’s still mind boggling that he has kept his job while five coaches have exited Broadway. Sather has never been held accountable for New York’s struggles, but as he said on Wednesday: “every coach has a shelf life.” You would think the same goes for general managers, too. Sather’s age and health issues probably mean the end of his career is in sight regardless of how the new coach performs, but even if Sather was a spry 40-year-old this might finally be his final chance to start over with a new bench boss.
The training wheels should come off for Chris Kreider
Tortorella refused to play the prized prospect more than a handful of minutes in most games because the 22-year-old has yet to become effective defensively. That fact infuriated many Rangers fans, but in Tortorella’s eyes it was a no-brainer. To management, Kreider is the most tantalizing youngster to come through the door in years and the brass won’t want to risk damaging his confidence anymore. The next coach will be instructed that Kreider is to play with skilled players and given major responsibility moving forward.
BEST OF MAXIM
The Bruins’ 3-1 win over the Rangers last Saturday dropped New York out of the playoffs and put John Tortorella out of a job.
Tortorella was fired as head coach of the Blueshirts on Wednesday, five days after they were eliminated by the Bruins in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Torts’ pack-it-in style of hockey and notoriously prickly attitude toward the media rubbed many...
After four-plus seasons behind the bench, head coach John Tortorella has been let go by the New York Rangers.
The New York Rangers fired coach John Tortorella on Wednesday after the team took a step back this season. Last season, the Rangers won the Eastern Conference regular-season title and went to the conference finals. This season, they finished sixth, even though expectations were high after they acquired Rick Nash in the offseason. Though they upset the Washington Capitals in the first...
Reaction to the departure of former Rangers coach John Tortorella since his firing Wednesday has been mixed, but at least one of his former players couldn’t be happier about it. Former Rangers forward Sean Avery, who played under Tortorella from March 2009 until his retirement last season, told The New York Post on Thursday that he was glad to hear about his former coach being...
Wowzers, per ESPN's Katie Strang:
#NYR BREAKING: John Tortorella has been dismissed as head coach of the Rangers, source confirms
— Katie Strang (@KatieStrangESPN) May 29, 2013
The Rangers are confirming:
BREAKING NEWS: The #NYR have relieved John Tortorella of his coaching duties...details to follow
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) May 29, 2013
The Rangers made headlines on Wednesday when they announced they had fired John Tortorella as their head coach after four and a half seasons. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, as the Blueshirts have come up short in the playoffs each of the last three seasons and were easily dispatched by the Boston Bruins in five games in the 2013 playoffs.
Tortorella was hired with...
In a not totally unexpected move, the Rangers have fired head coach John Tortorella. Exit interviews conducted with key Blueshirts players apparently contributed to the final decision.
There will be a lot of rumors of who will take Torts place in the Big Apple and the first name on that list will be former Sabres coach Lindy Ruff.
More to come...
#NYRBREAKING: John Tortorella has been dismissed as head coach of the Rangers, source confirms
— Katie Strang (@KatieStrangESPN) May 29, 2013
...WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am in complete shock. As I have mentioned numerous times, there is a lot to complain about when it comes to Torts, but this to me is a panic move. Unless, as Sean Avery told us, the players hated him...
Sean Avery played for former New York Rangers coach John Tortorella from 2009 to 2012, so the two are quite familiar with one another. On March 30 after the Rangers lost 3-0 to the Montreal Canadiens, Avery ripped Tortorella in a tweet. “Fire this CLOWN, his players hate him and won’t play for his BS [...]
Photo via BostonHerald.comScott LevesqueManaging Editor It's been six carefree days since the Bruins sent the New York Rangers and John Tortorella packing for a long off-season break. Then just two day ago the Rangers decided to return the favor as they fired their volatile coach, Tortorella. It seems that Tort and Bruins head coach Claude Julien have more in common then we...
The New York Rangers announced Wednesday that head coach John Tortorella has been relieved of his duties, four days after the team was eliminated in five games by the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference
Larry Brooks at the New York Post reports that Glen Sather had no intention of firing John Tortorella after the Rangers were eliminated by the Bruins until a large contingent of players made it clear during their exit interviews that their head coach's "overbearing personality" was the reason for the team's lack of success this season.
While no ultimatums were...
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
The Rangers players had had enough of the coach and they said so during their exit meetings on Monday. Sources have confirmed Sather had no intention of dismissing Tortorella in the wake of the team’s second-round elimination by the Bruins until a critical mass of players informed the GM that the coach’s overbearing personality had...
Two former stars of the New York Rangers are interested in the team’s vacant head coaching position, according to Sportnet’s Nick Kypreos. Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier are reportedly both interested in succeeding John Tortorella, who was fired May 29 following the team’s