I had to record the Alain Vigneault press conference on MSG and watch it today because I was unable to watch it at 11 AM when it happened. When I did get around to watching it I wasn’t surprised in the least. He said all the things we wanted to hear and made a good impression with the media. But we knew all this. The guy didn’t last 7 years in Vancouver and have a poor media relations record. He never would have made it. Vancouver is a crazed market and a big one. Factor in that the only team out there really other than the Whitecaps is the Canucks, and everyone in the city has their eyes on you 365 days out of the year.
On the surface I think Vigneault is more suited for this Rangers team than Tortorella. The team is more skillful now and Vigneault’s system is more suited towards skilled players. Tortorella was great when the Rangers were a blue collar type team and that showed in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons when the team executed that system the best. Now Vigneault will have the roster he has in front of him as well as the skilled forwards in the pipeline like Oscar Lindberg and Jesper Fast to work with. It just seems like a good fit. Oh and it’s possible that Richards will be back this season and play a semi-important role for Vigneault.
One thing I do like about this change is that the Rangers will be a more methodical team. They’re going to be able to pass out of their own zone and carry the puck in rather than have one guy rush up the ice and dump it in. When the team had their skating legs on a given night they could execute Tort’s dump and chase perfectly. When they didn’t they were unable to and looked absolutely atrocious. Literally sometimes it felt like there were better high school teams than the Rangers. Vigneault’s system is going to be more passive and the team I think that’s going to better suit them. It’ll relieve the pressure off centers Stepan, Brassard, and Richards for sure who really aren’t very good defensively anyway (Not including Stepan).
Overall it just seems like this is the best choice for the Rangers. I also think the Canucks did the right thing in hiring Tortorella as well. He’s going to come in and do a job for them and try to win them a cup while their window of opportunity is still open. And by the time their window of opportunity closes Torts’ act will have gotten old and the team will need a new coach anyway and start a youth movement. This move works for both sides.
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