Recap: Sam Rosen with Ulf Samuelsson

Ulf SamuelssonSam Rosen met with Ulf Samuelsson on MSG before the Rangers/Devils game:

  • On the defense, “I think we are looking pretty good on the blue line. We will see with Girardi but it was looking pretty good this morning so we hope he will play.”
  • On the improvements, “as units of 5 we are working together hard to backcheck and making it easier for the defense to stand up with their gap control. We will be tested tonight against a good team who puts a lot of pressure on our breakouts. That will be a key tonight, to beat their pressure.”

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Recap: Ulf Samuelsson on MSG

Ulf Samuelsson1Assistant coach Ulf Samuelsson spoke with John Giannone on MSG:

  • On replacing Dan Boyle, “it’s a big blow and I guess we would rather take it early than late. He will be missed for the time he is out for sure.”
  • On the PP without Boyle, “we are looking at trying some forwards out on the blueline to see if we can get something done because we don’t want to overload our top guys with too much ice time at the start.”
  • On Matt Hunwick and John Moore, “I think they are both capable players, comfortable playing at this level and not necessarily will be out at the same time all the time. We will get a feel for the matchups and see where it’s going.”
  • On playing against Columbus, “two man forecheck always gets the puck out quick. You don’t want to get too engaged with small plays but it’s also good not to go D to D too much, you want to keep it on the same side as much as possible and getting it too the center quickly.

Read: Ulf Samuelsson on analytics

Ulf SamuelssonRangers assistant coach Ulf Samuelsson says that the ability to use “analytics” has been around for a few years and they allows you to look at how effective different plays (such as dumping in the puck vs carrying it in) are. (Expressen)

He says that this information can be used as tool but it’s “very time consuming” and hard to examine it all. (Expressen)

Samuelsson said that when he was in Phoenix (2006 to 2011) they looked at this type of information to see how they could take advantage of it. (Expressen)

On how the Rangers use analytics, Samuelsson says that the team, like many others, is looking over the best model for how to use and implement this information. (Expressen)

  • Jim Sullivan is listed on the Rangers website as having the title of “Director, Player Care & Development / Analytics & Hockey Technology”

Third party companies that teams can hire to track and interpret this information can cost over half a million dollars per season. (Expressen)

Buzz: Ulf Samuelsson seems unlikely for the Penguins head coaching job

Ulf SamuelssonUlf Samuelsson is now being considered an  “unlikely contender” for the vacant Penguins head coaching position. (Trib)

Samuelsson interviewed for the job with Penguins GM Jim Rutherford but Rutherford said that he is focused now on a candidate who he hadn’t spoken with before. (Trib)

That candidate is reportedly Mike Johnston of the Portland Winterhawks who was considered a contender for the Vancouver Canucks job. (Trib)

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Buzz: The Penguins are restarting their coaching search after Willie Desjardins picks Vancouver

Ulf SamuelssonTexas Stars coach Willie Desjardins is going to be in Vancouver this weekend and if all goes well he is expected to be named the next coach of the Canucks. (Bob McKenzie)

Dejsardins reportedly chose the Canucks over the Penguins. (Kevin Weekes)

Jim Rutherford said today that the Penguins top coaching candidate chose to go in another direction and that candidate was believed to be Desjardins. Desjardins spent part of the last day with the Penguins but couldn’t come together on a deal. (Trib)

Rutherford said that he will restart his search for a coach next week. (Trib)

Ulf Samuelsson has been interviewed for the Penguins job and has been thought to be a good fit.

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Buzz: The Penguins and Ulf Samuelsson being a good match (Updates)

Ulf Samuelsson9:38AM: Desjardin’s interest in Vancouver’s job may change Pittsburgh’s plan. (Dreger)

9:37AM: Pierre McGuire says that Ulf is still involved with some other jobs and that most people did think that the connection with Ron Francis would land him the Carolina job. (TSN1050)

6/20/14 | 8:54AM Desjardins may no longer be a slam dunk for the Pens job. (Dreger)

6/19/14 |8:05PM: “If I was a betting man I would say that Ulf will be right back with the Rangers next year. He is a candidate in Pittsburgh and it’s a possibility but the information that we have coming out of Pittsburgh is that Willie Desjardins or Marc Crawford may be ahead of Ulf Samuelsson. It’s interesting because two of the assistants who went to the Stanley Cup Final, Samuelsson and John Stevens, we saw Stevens stay in LA and I won’t be surprised if Ulf is back with the Rangers next year.” (Bob McKenzie on NHL Live via KK)

5:21PM: On TSN Drive, Darren Dreger said that the top candidate for the Penguins job is Texas Stars (AHL) head coach Willie Desjardins.

Jim Rutherford said today that he is real close to choosing the next coach of the Penguins. (Trib-Review)

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News: Hurricanes don’t hire Ulf Samuelsson as head coach

Ulf Samuelsson14:47PM: The Hurricanes have officially announced Bill Peters as head coach. (Canes)

4:46PM: The Hurricanes are set to announce Bill Peters as their next head coach. (Aaron Ward)

4:06PM: Bill Peters is reportedly the leading candidate to become head coach of the Hurricanes. (Bob McKenzie)

Peters is an assistant coach in Detroit.

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