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    Jim Dolan Breaks His Silence: What Rangers Need in Next Coach

    “We’re looking for someone who can develop players and develop a team,” Garden executive chairman Jim Dolan told The Post during a conversation at his MSG office on Wednesday. “We want someone who is going to be able to work with young players — all of our players, really — so that they and we improve from one stage of the season to the next and we’re better at the end of the year than at the beginning.

    “We need a coach who is going to be able to coordinate with the assistants and the training staff in putting a program in place. He’s going to have to be able to delegate authority in identifying deficiencies and fixing them. Scolding a player doesn’t fix the problem. He can’t try to do everything by himself. The job is just too big.”
    “I think Alain was a great coach, but a great coach for a developed team,” Dolan said. “Even though he probably didn’t mean to, he sort of affirmed that himself when he talked after the last game about how he didn’t have the players this year.

    “He was probably correct, but the next coach is going to have to be able to take the players we have, the young guys we have, and get them to the next level. I liked what I saw in the young guys and so did the staff.

    “The guy we hire has to be a developmental coach, I can’t stress that enough.”
    “And I know we need that one great player who can make a difference. We’ve identified some who might become available, and if they do, we want to be in position where we’re able to get them. We’re building a lot of data and analytics into our decision-making. And it’s important for the new coach to embrace that.
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    Amen

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    I hope "open minded about NHL experience" keeps Keefe in the top of their list.

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    I'll post this over here, from other thread.

    Excited new coach will be a developmental guy and embrace analytics. That's good, we are getting modern. His quotes certainly fit Keefe, Sturm and Montgomery.

    Wonder who is that strong leader in the locker room? Obviously no one on the team currently, unless he means Hank. Are we looking to make a bargain trade for a cap casualty who is still a tough leader, but no longer in his prime? Is it JT? Doesn't sound like it, but maybe. Kovy to lead the Russia parade?

    And who is that one great player that may come available? Was hoping it would be Marner/Nylander, but Toronto may figure out how to hold both. Plus, we no longer have the ammo (McD) needed for Toronto. Who else will be in cap hell? RNH is no longer necessary. The Jets have Trouba, but he is not a "special player".

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    WTF I love Jimmy Dolan now

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giacomin View Post
    I'll post this over here, from other thread.

    Excited new coach will be a developmental guy and embrace analytics. That's good, we are getting modern. His quotes certainly fit Keefe, Sturm and Montgomery.

    Wonder who is that strong leader in the locker room? Obviously no one on the team currently, unless he means Hank. Are we looking to make a bargain trade for a cap casualty who is still a tough leader, but no longer in his prime? Is it JT? Doesn't sound like it, but maybe. Kovy to lead the Russia parade?

    And who is that one great player that may come available? Was hoping it would be Marner/Nylander, but Toronto may figure out how to hold both. Plus, we no longer have the ammo (McD) needed for Toronto. Who else will be in cap hell? RNH is no longer necessary. The Jets have Trouba, but he is not a "special player".
    You need to let go of this whole Marco Sturm thing
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    Quote Originally Posted by Giacomin View Post
    And who is that one great player that may come available?
    He's pretty obviously talking about JT and EK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vodka Drunkenski View Post
    You need to let go of this whole Marco Sturm thing
    He seems legit to me. Why do you say? Can you elaborate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Future View Post
    He's pretty obviously talking about JT and EK.
    Yep

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    Reading the tea leaves, between McKenzie, Friedman, Brooks, and now Dolan, this screams Keefe IMO.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Giacomin View Post
    He seems legit to me. Why do you say? Can you elaborate?
    Because you’re the only one talking about it, I haven’t seen him suggested at all elsewhere.
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    To be fair, that's not a reason not to talk about the merits of an option. Before Dreger, no one mentioned Sandelin either.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Vodka Drunkenski View Post
    Because you’re the only one talking about it, I haven’t seen him suggested at all elsewhere.
    If you said his next job should be an NHL asst or HC in the AHL, then he shoots for HC, I'd understand.

    As far as no one talking about it, our local beats blow. Most fans are clueless about rookie coaches. There's an article in the SF Chronicle that starts,

    "What the German men’s hockey team is accomplishing at the Winter Olympics just might get a popular ex-Shark a shot in the NHL." It continues, "“That’s my goal — to go back,” Sturm said. “I loved living over there, and in hockey, there is nothing better than the NHL.” Sturm just might be the most “American-ized” European coaching candidate.

    NBC has an article a couple of months ago entitled, "Marco Sturm could Parlay Olympic Success into NHL Coaching Job." Talks about how he installed a system that fit the players, how highly respected he is with his team and those involved in the program. He is highly thought of by former NHLers and Team Canada players. Also talks about his "scads" of NHL contacts and other good qualities.

    There are also articles discussing his eye for talent, his mgmt and leadership qualities and that he likes to develop young players. And is good at it.

    I'll try to be tempered about mentioning it again. I also like and mentioned Keefe, Montgomery, Granato, Sacco. I'd bring all 5 in for interviews as well as Eakins, maybe Quinn. The more of these guys they bring in, the better. Good field of fresh candidates that may be ready. One or two might be the next great coach.
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    Vodka you're right, he is probably a longshot. The Rangers are waiting for the Marlies season to end. Keefe leads them to the Calder then takes the reins of the Rangers. Ruff becomes special asst to the HC. Keefe, Gorton and staff lead the search for his 2 other assistants.

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    I like what he has to say and it was all true and I do feel bad for McD to hear this, but it is true.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil in Absentia View Post
    Reading the tea leaves, between McKenzie, Friedman, Brooks, and now Dolan, this screams Keefe IMO.


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    Seems like it's pretty much your prior summation of the guy, Phil. I have high hopes this guy's a good fit for us. I have really good vibes about it too. God knows we can't do much worse than what we had!!!

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    Sure hope so, Ozzy. To me, he's the perfect candidate. Or maybe not perfect, but perfect for what they're going to need here, which is a lot of development on the fly.


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    I'm all for the youth movement. I keep telling myself it's going to take a little while and I'm cool with that. I just wanna do it right this time and not shortcut the process. Thing is, when I see guys like Tavares, Karlsson and Kovalchuk come up, the GM in me says...fuck yeah baby....let's get 'em!

    I know....I know.... Axl Rose said it best, my brother: "Just a little Patience....."

    I really want an ass kickin' coach though, and after reading up on Keefe, I have to say I like everything I've read so far....He seems to be a very good fit from most reports I've read on him. Lord knows I couldn't even pick him out in a Police lineup, but I'm riding with you on this one, my man!!! =)

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    I have no idea about the guy other than the whole sex scandal he was apart of but you really have me excited for the guy, Phil.

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