Renny Fired In NY, Tortorella Likely Replacement
One week after the Pittsburgh Penguins axed Michel Therrien, the New York Rangers have done the same to Tom Renney.
According to In The Crease, “Renney addressed the team in what was an emotional session, players said. (Henrik) Lundqvist agreed with the notion that it is odd inasmuch as, earlier in the season, Renney was considered maybe the top coach in the league. ‘He didn’t change,’ the goalie said, adding that it is a results business and when the results aren’t there, changes have to come.”
Reports are floating around the internet that former New Jersey Devils coach Jim Schoenfeld, who now holds a position in the Rangers front office, would be a logical choice, though as the day progresses, it seems more and more likely former Tampa Bay Lightning coach John Tortorella will be the man.
“Sources say the New York Rangers and John Tortorella have an agreement in place that would make him the next head coach of the NHL team, but that the Tampa Bay Lightning have not yet been contacted for permission.
“A current NHL on TSN analyst, Tortorella remains under contract to the Lightning for the balance of this season. In order for him to become head coach of the Rangers, he requires the blessing of the Lightning. Sources also tell TSN that the blessing has yet to be granted, however the NHL’s head office is now involved in an attempt to resolve the situation.”
Unfortunately for the Rangers, who have won just two of their previous 12 games, a coaching change likely isn’t the answer, as Lyle Richardson (“Spector”) points out on his blog.
“Some argue Renney’s style wasn’t suited for the type of players currently on the Rangers roster and there is certainly some validity to that critique, but this team didn’t end up in its current situation because of their coach.” He went on to write, “Hiring a more aggressive no-nonsense coach like Tortorella or Schoenfeld might provide a short-term lift but it might not be enough to compensate for the lack of on-ice leadership and roster depth.”