In the Daily News, Pat Leonard spoke with Rangers President and GM Glen Sather who said that “the game has changed” and that is a big reason why he fired John Tortorella.
Sather said that dump and chase hockey needs to evolve and that when you watch the Bruins and Blackhawks, “there’s not a hell of a lot of dump-ins.” He says that there is a lot of puck control, hanging onto pucks and moving without the puck to create chances.
He said, “There’s a lot of things that are done differently than what we were doing. So you have to look at the style of play. That had a lot to do with it.”
Sather said it’s his job to know when things aren’t going right and that he doesn’t need players or the people that work for him to point it out.
Adam Rotter: The Rangers issues with scoring are not new and this has definitely been a topic of conversation between Sather and Tortorella before. I don’t doubt that Tortorella wanted to open things up, but when he saw what he had in this shortened season he coached the way that he felt would give his team the best chance to win. They made the playoffs, won a round and were beaten by a much better team that may end up winning the Stanley Cup.
I felt that John Tortorella would have this coming season to try and present a more open style of hockey and try out an evolved system in training camp. Maybe that idea was presented to Sather, maybe it has been in the past and Sather knew that if things started slow and the Rangers were struggling on defense Tortorella would revert back to his old ways. We don’t know. All we know is that John Tortorella is out and Alain Vigneault’s idea of offense fits with what Glen Sather thinks.