Discussion in 'New York Rangers' started by The Crypto Guy, Apr 7, 2018.
Off the ice he was a gentleman. He got along well with the media. Good and sometimes self deprecating sense of humor. An all around nice guy by many accounts.
I was thinking this. There must've been something about Miller. Now we know that the FO was set on firing AV. They didn't make the decision on Miller without knowing AV would be gone in only a few weeks.
OP deserves multiple infractions.
He was a good coach for the Rangers. I think anytime you when more playoff series than years coached, its a good sign. That said, it was probably the right move—entire franchise is moving in a different direction and it stands to reason that would include a different coach.
I think what was his greatest strength in his first season became what he became vilified for—his faith in his system and his faith that the players could flourish in it. The Rangers got off to a terrible start in this first season. Embarrassed on a West Coast trip. He never panicked. He never blamed the players. Or the roster. He stuck to his guns. He was a pillar of consistency. And the players responded.
I think it's actually difficult to take a good team and them make them better. He did it. With class and dignity.
I have to say that I liked him more than I liked Torts in the end. I liked his personality. I didn't care for all his coaching decisions and I don't think he got the best out of his team the last two-three years. I think it got way too comfortable--way too complacent and way too soft. Brooks wrote an article today about Kreider taking a penalty against an opposing player who'd taken a run at McDonagh and AV being pissed about it--he mentioned the Vesey and Staal injuries against Nashville this year where the team did not respond--I agree pretty much with the substance of that article.
But......2014 was the first time we'd been to the finals in 20 years. I think he's a good coach but I don't think the Rangers were the right team for him the last couple years and I don't think they're the right team for him now. I don't feel any animosity towards him and I suspect he's going to get another NHL coaching job fairly soon---so there's no point feeling sorry for him either.
Great coach for taking a good team and making them very good. Beyond that? Ehh.
I had his back up until the ****show that was the OTT series. Every single decision after that ruined whatever positive feelings I had towards him.
Guess I'm not a "real" fan.
I think he benefited from inheriting a team that had defense first pounded into them by Torts, strong leadership in the room (Callahan followed by MSL), and strong goaltending. The further the team got away from those things, the worse he looked.
I just can't get over in his presser, he kept saying how you play with the team you have, how they (he and his staff) always tried to adapt to the opponent, and how they adapted their approach to highlight strengths and mask weaknesses. I NEVER saw that. They ran the same **** every night regardless of opponent or who was on the team. There was one system and we played it regardless of circumstance. When he was saying those things I questioned whether he was present in reality. Amazing.
Torts was stubborn, too. Thing with Torts was he adapted his system when he first came to suit the talent on the roster. He just never made any adjustments from there. So there are some similarities. One difference is that Torts was a dick.
Anyway, arrivederci, paisan.
The only time AV ever adjusted anything was if it was working.
I appreciate the fact that he's gone.
John tortorella is still..imho...the best rangers coach I've seen in my lifetime ainec
The only thing about AV that I appreciate is that he was fired.
One of the worst coaches I have ever seen. Handed talent and squandered it. Awful. I would love to see the Islanders hire him, actually.
His lack of adaptability was laughable.
I'm not saying you're doing some grand offense, merely there's countless other threads to talk about his negatives. To do it here says more about you than AV.
Is there video/audio of the AV presser.
I really want to listen to it just to get the full effect of the insanity.
I don't think the team will want to release that video like they usually do
I appreciate Flyline’s attempt to seize the moral high ground, that’s for sure.
It says I don't over-exaggerate the meaning of a message board thread...that's it.
Sucker's...I mean real fan's born every minute.
Comments that begin with this are always 100% garbage because A) gatekeeping and B) there is literally no such thing as "real fans"