In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that with the Rangers constant struggles on the PP, the Rangers should look to bring in legendary defenseman Brian Leetch to work as a PP coach and with the young defensemen.
It is impossible to think of anyone who would be better in teaching gifted, young defensemen Ryan McDonagh and Michael Del Zotto the art of playing the point than Leetch, truly one of the most accomplished power-play quarterbacks of his time.
Brooks writes that Leetch and Glen Sather would need to patch some things up for this to be possible after Sather traded Leetch in 2004.
In the NY Times in 2010, Brian Leetch said, “At some point, I would like to get back involved in hockey. I would be interested in just about every aspect within an organization — coaching, management, player development — if the situation was right. By that I mean, if I felt like I was working again within a team atmosphere, where our goals were the same and our beliefs in how to achieve them were similar. Right now, the situation would have to be ideal for me to give up time with my kids. “
Brooks notes that the Devils have Adam Oates as a PP coach and the Kings used former Ranger and King Bernie Nicholls to help with the PP.
In his career, Leetch had 111 power play goals and 431 power play assists.
Adam Rotter: Leetch’s credentials speak for themselves and he knows Tortorella from his time as an assistant/head coach in 1999. I think he is using his job with MSG as a way to stay connected to the game and this could be an opportunity to join his former teammates, Mark Messier and Adam Graves, in roles with the organization. Messier has been asked to help with faceoffs in the past and I think that if he works in conjunction with the coaching staff, Leetch, if he wants this kind of job, could have a major impact on the Rangers.