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@Mike Burns1 When I was in the TV ad business met with Schultz at a party in Philly....also went deep sea fishing in Cancun with 3 enforcers from different teams all from the WHL (a tough league to begin with) .. All enforcers are very much team players. inspiring types who were leaders in the locker room and very big with community charities. They all pretty much bond together starting from Juniors and help each other to get to the NHL....a breed unto themselves. Learned to really respect the role they play even though it is rapidly disappearing from The Big Show!

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@Mike Burns1 Hey Mike........spent time with Domi in a NYC restaurant talking Hockey ( bought him a bottle of DOM no pun intended). Met him again on a flight to Toronto when he was with the Leafs......knowledgeable guy and like most enforcers humble, appreciative and very clear on his limitations......Good Dude!

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@BrinaGu3 @Bleed_the_freak 100% correct here. Carcillo is too emotional and too confrontational and  makes AV uncomfortable on and off the ice. That is why Carcillo is gone. Ryan Kesler was the same way with AV in Vancouver but he was so good he had a no-trade clause from Senior Mgmt. Kesler's relationship with AV is the reason why Kesler is not playing 2nd line center for us today. 

Nice guys like AV don't like conflict or confrontation.....they don't even want to be around it. Notice how AV never gets angry and is always nice to refs.....always. AV, as a leader does not yet understand that sometimes conflict can be a very effective strategy in winning.

AV gets even with those he is uncomfortable with by ambushing them when they least expect it. Case in point his comments about Carcillo (when he was on AV's team) saying publicly that Carcillo might never play again in the NHL after he "pushed" the ref in the playoffs......how's that for protecting your players???Way to go AV....Way to Go!!

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Perhaps I can offer some insights and some learning for all the Ranger Fans (including myself) .

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=743020&navid=nhl:topheads

Great ideas on the following:

Building off of last year’s successes

Team believing in each other

Choosing a Captain

What Team and Captain Leadership is all about

Coaching-High Expectations-Excellence and Intensity at practice

The need for a Coach to master the X’s and O’s but also be a salesman (one who inspires customers)

 

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Perhaps I can offer some insights and some learning for all the Ranger Fans(myself included)

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=743020&navid=nhl:topheads

Great ideas on the following:

Building off of last year’s successes

Team believing in each other

Choosing a Captain

What Team and Captain Leadership is all about

Coaching-High Expectations-Excellence and Intensity at practice

The need for a Coach to master the X’s and O’s but also be a salesman (one who inspires customers)

 

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@Hotfreak Great post here...truly appreciate what you wrote especially about lamentation and wisdom. Victimization seeks comfort with other victims.

 Few seek wisdom.....most seek  reassurance. Priceless comment on one's well-being and the performance results of one's team, though I will admit that I have to consciously shift on "to feeling good" after recent NYR games without the short term aid of alcohol because alcohol is a long term depressant and she won't stand for that!


I learned that talent is an act of the will that comes alive through "focused inspired practice" which works every time. Most people think you are born with talent. ....not true. Tiger Woods started swinging a golf club before he could walk. Kenya's great marathon runners ran ten miles to school when the were 5 years old.

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@rangermom @Say my Name Some thoughts for your consideration........In the Cap era when allocating financial resources  any NHL team  has  to FIRST figure out what positions (not players) are absolutely100% essential for Stanley Cup success......what positions are 50% essential for success....what positions are 25% essential for success.

 All GMs would agree that they first need  a world class goalie, or as close as possible to that. Included in that 100% mix is an excellent top four defensive unit and game changing forwards if possible.........20-25 goal scorers are essential but less important...........and 4th liners are important but the least important. Each year at signing mgmt then ask themselves how close is each player to each essential category relative to what we have now.....relative to what we have on the farm ....and relative to what we can get in a trade with a willing trading partner? Henrik (world class goalie) and Staal (top 4 d-man) are viewed by GMs in the 100% categories relative to their positions Each would garner a ton of money on the free agent market.

Hometown Discounts: Perhaps a glance at the L.A. Kings incredible success over the last 3 yrs and the "Winning Family Friendly Culture" that they have created speaks to what all GMs and Coaches know but few can execute on. A "Winning Family Friendly Culture." is what most NHL players will give home grown discounts to. When Free Agency comes around most players are in a family way or close to it.


BTW it takes a whole lot for a team/organization to develop "a winning family friendly culture" that will warrant Hometown discounts. I am able to pull down out of town teams and also witness their "between periods" shows, interviews etc. The "tight family/ tight team like culture" exists in L.A., Chicago, Detroit and is developing in Tampa (thank you, Stevie Y who came from Detroit) That kind of culture becomes very attractive to hockey players who are beginning to start families. 

NYR has a "big name" culture but not a winning culture. Keenan and Torts (like them or not!) built a winning culture. AV does not have the leadership ability to build a winning culture.....Nice Guys don't build they coordinate and cooperate (Joe Torre as an example) AV could have done that kind of culture-building off the incredible success of NYR last year but obviously did not.....and so far we have a team that is riddled with a lack of confidence and a lack of team belief and a lack of team unity.

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@gravey94 Take note of who and how much L.A. Kings paid to Martinez and Muzzin. They are setting the market for Staal who will get Girardi's $+ from somebody.

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@BrinaGu3 @gravey94 The NHL would have acted very differently if Crosby did that in Montreal or in Toronto. Crosby is the whiney-ass  poster boy for the American segment of the NHL (the one that NBC as so much invested in!). He is hated and despised in Canada....just ask Don Cherry who is an icon, a living legend up there!

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@GregQuinn Most of the time I am only able to pull down hockey feeds from Pitts.....you are so on target with your comments here. The city of Pittsburgh has a tradition of great franchises and great fans in football and baseball. Hockey is a completely different story. Their on-air team is a total embarrassment to the true sports fans of a great, strong and resilient city......and it all began with Hockey's biggest victim.....right Mario?

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Perhaps this might be another way of looking at the NYR's poor TEAM performance:


(1) Return to their excellent performance in last year's playoffs and note WHAT all players were doing as a team. WHAT strategies were they all using in the 3 separate zones on the ice that contributed to their incredible success.....pretty easy to figure out...is it not?......it is also not very difficult to teach these strategies at any level. Guaranteed all players on the team today  know exactly what those strategies are step by step.


(2) Now go back to their same level of performance in last years playoffs and ask yourself HOW were all of the NYR executing on their strategies and HOW refers to their willful emotional commitment to and focus on those strategies......their willful emotional commitment to and focus on a high compete level.....their willful emotional commitment to and focus on a high intensity level....their willful emotional commitment to and focus on supporting one another.....their willful emotional commitment to and focus on "owning the puck with a vengeance" in all 3 zones.


(No.2....well, Say My Name speaks to this below by referring to a comment that an Islander player made about HOW Coach Capuano coaches. I would suggest you reread what SMN posted because it is very revealing about the HOW. Don't discount where it is coming from and who said it. Anyone who is truly committed to the high performance of their team would always approach their competition with an eye towards learning from them, in addition to wanting to annihilate them)


The real performance issue here is..... that AV and his staff has not figured out HOW to support, uplift and inspire TEAM performance to at least 90% of  NYR's playoff performance......keep in mind that is what AV was hired to do......that is what will get AV a substantial raise and that is what will enhance AV's career or that will get him fired! BTW (2) coming up with the HOW is by far the greatest challenge of any Coach, any teacher, any manager, any parent or any other Team Performance Leader in any arena.

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@Say my Name Yo!.....you know better than this "Tikkanen was just think big (6'1" 210) stocky, gritty, agitating, clutch, ADORED TEAMMATE" Interesting and valued idea but not according to this present coach....just ask Kesler and Carcillo? Anybody know why Kesler did not want to play in NY....anybody?

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A clear lack of enthusiasm, passion and compete-level between the blue lines and in our own zone by the entire team. The King has yet to dominate this year his GAA is embarrassing  for the Value the organization is giving him.....he looks like he is in another world. His poor performance was the biggest De-motivating factor for the entire team. We gotta develop a sense of pride. It is too easy and too acceptable for the team to play this kind of uninspired Hockey on home ice....is it not?

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Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and to your families, too.


Just remember in any high performing team/organization the Coach is 500% responsible for the belief system of the team......for the team trust level..........for the team focus.......for the team identity........for the way the team talent is developed..........for the compete level of the team and ultimately for the way the team performs and ultimately for the win-results the team produces. That is the world of high performance!


That is why Coaches are hired, fired and paid very well. Anybody ever recall a coach staying and his team being fired?

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@betweentheworlds @Say my Name You said it all!.....back at you! Appreciation is everything!

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@Say my Name Right back to you, my man.......life is excitingly uncertain....YESSSSSS!

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@TomDundie @EHBIGAPPLE 

http://espn.go.com/nhl/story/_/id/11931106/nhl-pat-quinn-remembered-undeniable-impact-hockey-people

apropos to my comments on the power of an Inspiring Coach. Link is about how former players felt playing for Pat Quinn and also the inspiring impact Quinn had on other coaches.

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@rangermom @JoeyKocur @J_CKfor30 I am with you Mom. You can tell "they" stole his lunch money and took his homework when he was in school and he still hates himself for letting that happen.

 If Brooks had the audacity to taste one of your cookies he would immediately  find something wrong with them.....ugh! And I know.....I know....I knowwwwwwww you would never let him near your cookies! Would you??!!

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@TomDundie @EHBIGAPPLE Tom all that odds reflect is a prediction of future performance based on a measured  rational assessment of past performance. It is a valid way of looking at future performance but in no way does it reflect what could happen in the future based on man's/team's willful and inspired (read that emotion) application of his talent....like "Miracle on Ice"......Namath's Super Bowl win......the climb to MT. Everest........Kings recent playoff journey or any time a betting man says, "holy poops, I never saw that coming."

The "power of being on fire can change worlds. That kind of Team Power is fueled by the emotions of "team identity," mutual respect, commitment to clearly set goals, shared team vision, commitment to clearly assigned roles, disciplined execution and synergy......all missing right now in the NYR team. 

So my concerns:


Can AV supply or provide these things to win the Cup???? He had a more talented team than the Bruins and lost THE CUP because of missing some of the "on-fire ingredients" mentioned above......that is a concern for me.


Ryan Kesler never had a good relationship with AV and Kesler is far more about "the power of being on fire" than AV. We could use that guy at center and he simply did want to play for AV......what that says about both Kesler and AV concerns me.


The fact that Kreider has not yet learned how to channel and harness his over-the-top physical/skilled talent concerns me? What does that say about his teacher? What does that say about the student?


P. S. Staal clears the crease in the playoffs when it counts the most....ask Sidney and everything that spells "Pen fans." Is that enough for a big new contract? Can he get that contract somewhere else?...stay tuned.



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@TomDundie @EHBIGAPPLE Well said and on point. I want the Max in everything, absolutely everything . I want to win the Cup. I will get no satisfaction from anything less. This team has gone to the Finals w/AV and all the coaching cred goes to AV.

 At this point in AV's career he has achieved and gone as far as he went with Vancouver and all that is good. Now I want him to lead NYR to the parade... can he do it with Sather's tweaking?....it remains to be seen. If he does it he is a great coach if he doesn't he is a very good coach.


Winning the CUP......consistently being victorious through the incredible, sandpaper momentum-changing grind of the NHL playoffs is, I believe, the greatest team and the greatest coaching achievement in the entire Universe!


Let's go Rangers and let's go AV!

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It is mind-boggling to me to read comments from people whom I know have a very good understanding of the game of hockey and to read that  they believe that Torts contributed not one ounce of value...like nada value to the NYR. 

Your previous posts indicate a real knowledge of the game.....no question. But perhaps your knowledge and judgment of people just might need a little bit more schooling so that you will better able to recognize "the valued contribution" Torts actually made to the Organization in addition to his very obvious short comings.

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@betweentheworlds JT wanted to stretch and grow his players and did not apply the same "growth philosophy" to himself. As you point out he simply did not have the courage and confidence to expand himself and his coaching style to fit in with "the white collar value" of speed and skill.


He also never wanted to grow his personal style of coaching so that his high performance expectations were delivered and supported with love, respect and contribution when relating to his players and with other key relationships.


Hitchcock has learned how to grow into a more effective coach and Keenan finally learned this while coaching in Russia. Iron Mike talks publicly about his growth as a person/coach and how much he changed in Russia!.....and he still won Big over there!

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@TomDundie @EHBIGAPPLE Much the same as McFee calls it. There is no pattern in AV's coaching history that indicates that he can create inspiring passionate relationships with the key people needed to win the CUP. He was not able to do it in Vancover and it appears he can't do it here in NYC. What I find disappointing is that he also is not willing to use other sources of inspiration that are available to him.


I can easily recognize behavior patterns of people, teachers, coaches, managers, CEOs etc. that will inspire their charges and I can also easily recognize behavior patterns that do not inspire their charges because that is part of not only my job but it is also the way I view the world 24/7.

 I know I am different from most people. And I know most people don't see what I see unless they are willing to spend some time with me without any personal resistance....most don't because of their own resistance.The people who want to spend time with me are people who want to grow themselves (high performance) grow their relationships and grow their teams and organizations.


Hope that answers your question

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@TomDundie @EHBIGAPPLE Legit question I was...am....and still is the guy who does #1 and #2 exceedingly well. Why do I think that way about myself? Well, It all comes from the direct and indirect, scientific and anecdotal feedback (including statistical evidence of #1) from my players, from my competitors and from my Bosses. My successes are all team focused, meaning that I could never have achieved what I have achieved without the inspiring involvement of others (read that as through relationships with incredible people)

My/Our high performance successes are with sports teams (not Hockey).....with educational teams.....with business teams.....and the most important one, my family. What I have learned over the years is  that high performance principles are all the same for each and every kind of "performing organization" the only thing that separates or is different for an individual organization are the processes, procedures and strategies that this particular organization neeeds to implement to create high performance.

 I often don't know the specifics of what the processes are but I know the questions to ask that will uncover if those processes are being used or not in any organization. Then the specific needs easily emerge from my questions.......it does not matter what field the organization/team plays in high performing principles are always the same for all.


Right now I consult to mid to large organizations of any kind (the majority are in sales) on performance issues. The hardest and most challenging parts of increasing performance are always about reducing the emotional resistance that key people have to change in their organization (and change in themselves) and creating inspiring relationships with the key people who will have the greatest impact on the performance of the org/team. My relationship or lack of one with those key people will make or break improved performance....every time....no exceptions.

I am sure AV is a superb teacher of his system (after all he does it at every practice session) The questions are why can't he "get" his players to execute his very good system and why was he able to "get" his team to execute at such a high level during the playoffs.......for me the answers lie in the emotional/motivational realm and in the key relationships that are somehow now resisting and not in anything new that he taught them.

 I respect you asking your question and I respect the way you asked it..THANK YOU!





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@betweentheworlds @EHBIGAPPLE and Bettman's boy for American Hockey on NBC

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@betweentheworlds @EHBIGAPPLE Yes sir...nothing is more inspiring to the warrior (player) than knowing his coach is able to "read and comprehend" a new situation on ice and then quickly craft a winning response. Having full Faith and Belief in your coach is all part of an inspiring relationship. Note the colossal public disrespect that Sidney demonstrated to his former coach during the playoffs...ugh!.

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A Coach of a Hockey team has two enormous responsibilities to execute on!

1) teach a system of play that will win games.....AV is very good on this account


2) build a relationship with his players and with his own Coaching staff that will inspire the highest possible level of performance on the part of his players EXECUTING/USING/PLAYING the learned system on the ice..........AV is personally poor on this account. He is poor on building inspiring relationships.


A lot of good coaches who are good at #1 but poor on #2 find or develop other means to motivate/inspire high performance like referring back to a storied already winning tradition (like Montreal) 

Some Coaches are good at #1 and #2. They  develop "a Winning Culture" themselves (with the help of enlightened GMs) and have "a Winning Culture" fortified with credible and impactful leader/players (teams like Chicago and L.A.)

If you want to get an idea of the people and coaches who are excellent...really excellent at #2 listen to the Halls of Fame inductee speeches of the great athletic performers in any of our sports....listen to who they thank and who they  acknowledge for the inspiration and support that impacted their performance.....and there you will have them.


What inspired NYR's great playoff run was the situation of MSL a very short term form of inspiration and one that probably won't be repeated (hopefully). The team needs to find another form of inspiration and learn how to sustain it (turn it into a culture/identity) because it is not coming from this Coach!


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@TomDundie @EHBIGAPPLE @scrangersfan @rangermom Your characterization of Sutter.........."

"we better talk... if u think being as simpleminded as 

canadien farmer is the answer? tells me all I need to know. Wow do you have a way with words!

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@brian2686 @EHBIGAPPLE @ChrisB13 

"Gordie along with other player development guys in the league have always said that you can't know if a kid is truly ready until he literally plays a game in the NHL." 

You are absolutely correct in your observation.....no arguments there. I am just asking the question what would it be like.........what would be our record of choosing/evaluating talent be....if we believed it was possible to predict with greater accuracy the readiness of our prospects and we actually searched for ways to do just that....what do you think?Do you think it would help the NYR cause?

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@Rangers_54 @EHBIGAPPLE I am speaking from direct experience. So what I am saying comes from actually knowing what it is like to play /work for a leader like I am describing and also know what it is to be a Leader that Inspires his players.

It is a rare reality, but it is definitely a reality, that a leader can inspire great performance out of his team through positive, engaging,supportive and inspiring relationship building strategies. Few can do that, no doubt. 

Please understand Leaders that I am describing exist. I am not referring to the ranting and raving, negative, ridiculing, tearing down strategies and tactics that you are referring to.....a weakness of Torts!..absolutely!


Most fans do not know what I am talking about because they have never experienced that kind of leader in their life. That's all.


Darryl Sutter is an example of a leader who has built and maintains an Elite Winning Culture that attracts and engages players who want to play there for life, money being secondary....ask Gabby?

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@scrangersfan @johnnyb3910 @TomDundie The problem with Juniors is who will replace the offensive production if one of our top 9 players goes down to injury. It is obvious there is no one in Hartford that AV believes in ....and I don't blame him.

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@scrangersfan @rangermom I would give up AV and his entire staff for one Darryl Sutter and I would insist on keeping Mom's cookies.

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@leftwingbarbara @60sPsychJukebox @NJRangers81 Oh! Beautiful Maiden of Liberal Countenance......How can I pull down Maloney's radio comments through the internet? I am 2000 miles away. Am I SOL?

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@Rangers_54 "The best thing I can say about this team is that they are consistently inconsistant. It appears on most nights that this team has no heart or compete level in them with the exception of a few players. Hank has been mediocre at best. He is constantly being outplayed by less talented goalies."     

 I like your comments. How would you describe the "heart level and compete level" of the Coach/Leader of the team. Do you think it has any effect or impact on how the team, that belongs to the leader, performs on the ice or in battle?........no statistics please.

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@Gianni74 @scrangersfan @IhaveawaiteratMSG Joe and Sam have become "whiners and apologists" for the NYR. This way of broadcasting is a very recent phenomena. I think they have been given "gag orders" from above. I personally think they are good announcers who know the game.....but not this year. I also think they are somewhat uncomfortable calling games this way....sadly. When they are excited it appears it is manufactured, as opposed to being genuine.


Sometimes the only way for me to catch NYR is through a feed of opposing teams. To no one's surprise the worst broadcasters come from the Pens. They are beyond whiners and homers. What is obvious is that "whining about everything" in Pitt is about the entire culture of the organization...from the top down....who was a better whiner than Mario?????

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Poor Performance 

I have learned by performing in a high stakes performance environment and by leading teams in a high stakes performance environment that all measured poor performances are caused by one of two strategic factors. As a leader I was totally accountable for my team’s performance regardless of what caused poor performance. Here are the two strategic factors

1)Poor performance results are produced by a team or by an individual because they do not know WHAT has to be done. They do not know the Tasks that need to be accomplished…..They do not know the Processes that need to be followed……. …they do not know the Procedures that need to be followed. This kind of poor performance is about “missing information.” The needed solution is teaching, training, coaching the poor performer/team on WHAT has to be done. Rarely is “missing information” the cause of poor performance, although most people think it is.

2)Poor performance results are also produced by an unwillingness to execute at a high level the processes and procedures that have already been clearly taught. This is an entirely different kind of cause for poor performance. In this case poor performance is about individual/team motivation. The needed solution is a strong, significant and lasting injection of inspiration that lights the internal motivation of the poor performing players both short term and long term. Motivation or the lack of it lies at the foundation of 99% of poor performance.

(perhaps I can give a “performance” example that most people can relate to……a student is under achieving in a certain subject and tutoring is recommended and the processes and procedures are re-taught and performance spikes upward. Most parents will attribute the improved performance of their child to the knowledge of the tutor. Any enlightened tutor or teacher will tell you the inspiring relationship that the tutor created with the student that told the student throughout each tutoring session, “I believe in you. I refuse to let you quit “ was the key factor in improved performance. Why because the inspiring relationship changed the way the student looked at…appreciated his capabilities)

Most teachers, coaches, managers are average-to- good-to- excellent in dealing with the first strategic factor. Most teachers, coaches, managers are low performers in dealing with the second factor. Try and think of how often you had an inspiring teacher, coach, manager….see what I mean.

NYR have to get a Culture-building wave of lasting inspiration from somewhere and it most definitely won’t come from their head coach.

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@DP_Snotty Interesting link here. The stats are the stats and the stats are right and they are correct, but what the stats mean is open to many interpretations which is what the stat guys often don't "see....feel....taste....touch" when they read the stats. This list of stats is like saying " Darrell Revis  isn't really a good corner because he has very low interception stats......very low tackle stats....... and he doesn't get many chances his way.......and all of those stats are true..........and everyone knows he is not that good....why just look at his stats. His stats say he is not that good........right??


PURE stats in sports or in any other performance measuring endeavor totally and completely ignore the big picture of "context"  and this is critically important. In other words one has to ask what was the hockey context in which any "hit" is delivered before we can correlate hitting to anything else, much less to winning a game.

When we examine context we then can see the true value of hitting and we also can see when hitting has negative value (for example when a penalty killing player hits a power play player behind the pp player's net and consequently takes himself and the pp player out of the play and give the pp team a 4 on three advantage...not good!)

 Those who are able to understand "the big picture of context" when it comes to  hockey.....those who can truly  "taste feel  and touch" the game of hockey truly know and understand the value of hitting even if they don't have tables of statistics to back them up. Notice how the Gretzkys, the Bowmans, the Messier's have yet to downgrade the value of hitting. Correlating winning or not winning with hitting or not hitting has a long long way to go before anything becomes statistically true.


Any team that can combine and balance  maxiimum hockey skill (in all its forms) with maximum strength and physical power will win the Cup 99% of the time. Ask ourselves why Anaheim went out and got Kesler (which is really a signing stat) and passed on signing Stasny and why Kesler never got along with AV? (which is really a player/coach relationship stat) No stats on that stuff!


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@ChrisB13 @EHBIGAPPLE O. K. on "the surprise" Everyone is surprised, including me.............and that is not really the point I am making.

 My point: if a business like the NYR truly stands for professionalism, excellence and accountability then there would be no surprise because Clark would be held accountable in making sure "the boss" is never blind sided by good or bad news........that is simply how well managed and well run organizations operate. No surprises ever!


Chris, this is not a question of who is right and who is wrong. I have both worked for and lead major business organizations and I am sharing my business/wisdom/experience from that leadership perspective. A reader's disagreement with my post only indicates that they have never held any of the business positions that I have held. That doesn't make either of us any better or smarter.  It just brings to this blog DIFFERENT perspectives and that from my point of view is a good thing. I thank you for you comment. You made me think.

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@IhaveawaiteratMSG Uncalled for....a little appreciation here. Thank you for the info, Neill!

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Neill,

Thank you for this. Gives us all a bigger picture understanding of NYR. An observation of Gordie Clark and The Duke......if I ever went to my CEO and told him I was surprised by the development of a talent/prospect I was responsible for....well my sweet ass would be out the door. Add that kind of accountability to the fact that Clark can easily and freely discuss "his surprise" publicly speaks to the lack of professionalism and the lack of accountability of the Scouting Staff.....ugh!

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@ktc990 Like your thinking on America and NYR lineup.I for one can see The Duke going up the learning curve on the third line this year. He of course will make some rookie mistakes but he will contribute a lot offensively and he will make his line mates much better. He is incredible when it comes to hockey smarts.....unique for a 19 year old.


We all have to keep in mind that we are in a Cap/Parity  NHL now and The President's Trophy and home ice advantage does not mean what it used to. We can simply make the playoffs.....hone a complete 3 zone game going into the playoffs and win the Eastern Conference in the playoffs like last year and then who knows?

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@rangermom @DP_Snotty @betweentheworlds I would never ever watch it...even if I was enjoying your cookies, MOM!

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@TomDundie I enjoy your observations of the game especially when I am able to read them. I respect your opinions. Now don't read what comes next as any kind of criticism because that is not how it is meant. I want to learn from you. Here is my question to you?


Do you ever look at a Hockey situation" and say to yourself I want to improve this......I want to make this "hockey situation" better....more productive.....more effective.....I want this hockey situation to create better results?

For instance, you correctly describe NYR's slow start to the year (which BTW parallels their slow start to the individual games they play) and do you ever ask yourself WHY do some teams start slow and some teams start fast (Blues, as an example have had injuries yet still are making noise)...do you ever ask HOW can NYR start faster in their sked and faster in individual games?


Another for instance, you share your keen  observations of AV and you seem to  totally accept him as NOT needing any growth any development to his present coaching abilities. You seem to say that AV is so good and so effective there is simply no room for him to improve? Do you ever ask how can AV be more effective in his coaching tasks and how can AV be more effective in his relationship building with his players, his staff and with senior management?


Tom, I am not criticizing you in the least. Again I respect your sharp hockey observations. I am sincerely trying to understand how you think...O. K. I am wired to seek continued growth and development in myself and in everything and in everyone that has meaning to me so I am always asking "how can I/we maximize this situation."......"how can we be the best?" I am not driven by negativity but rather "driven" by positively wanting the best for myself and positively wanting the best for those I care about and of course that includes NYR


Please respond....I would like to learn?

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@gravey94 @EHBIGAPPLE I believe that I am not speaking clearly here. Your comment, ""Fire in the belly" doesn't have to present itself in public.......I am with you 500%.....500%!


These very good Coaches used other elements to inspire great performance(Torre......created a pleasant non confrontational environment that allowed the NYYwinning pinstripe culture plus excellent play by experienced on field leaders to inject the continual inspiration needed to win. As you know Torre was a mediocre manager before he came to the Yankees

Landry and Belichek, both superior strategists created a winning culture that inspired greatness in the performance  of players.Once the winning started Brady and other players provided additional inspiration. Zero inspiration came from the Coach himself. Players want to play in NE and no one says I would go to the wall for Belichek or Torre.


Jackson PERSONALLY inspired his players with his engaging/teacher laid back (but very very persistent)oriented approach. He taught his players a way to win bb Games and he also taught them a way to live life.....a masterful inspiring Eastern type leader.....all on him personally. Wooden very similar to Jackson with a slightly different philosophy and also very inspiring. Listen to Walton rave about him.


Steve Shutt, when asked what it was like to play for Bowman replied, "For 364 days you hated him and on the 365th day you collected your ring." Obviously there were other components on those great teams/organization that provided the inspiration to greatness.


What I an trying to say is that AV does not wish to inspire greatness...........AV has not yet established an Inspiring culture. I am also pointing out that was who he was in his other NHL coaching Job. Regardless of his stats. He simply has not yet made the inspiring impact in NY either.


Your emphasis is on numbers,stats, logic and reason(all good) My argument is about emotion, passion, enthusiasm, excitement,courage and confidence and team unity and yes,LOVE..... all the emotions that drive the performance of players. I have been on both ends of inspiration (giving and receiving)

You won't find my ideas on inspiration in the numbers and the stats. You will find my ideas in the heartfelt comments made by human beings about their coaches, their parents, their teachers, their friends and their lovers....their fellow athletes) Treat yourself to viewing the induction speeches to our Halls of Fame in pro sports. No stats and no numbers mentioned by great performers......only passionate appreciation for all those who "never let them quit."


It is all about rangermom's cookies.....I believe her cookies say "I believe in you!"

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@betweentheworlds You nailed that stubborn streak.....no conjecture there. AV is slow to change. It is part of his makeup, personality etc. Sometimes it produces good results using "a patient approach." Sometimes it produces poor results when his slow  reaction time leads to being out coached.

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@gravey94 @EHBIGAPPLE AV is a good or very good Coach if that suits you better. Excellent is another matter all together. The man has a boring way about him. He is a classic nice guy who avoids conflict and passion. He is a very good coach (much like Derek Jeter was a good or if you like very good Captain.(boring, avoided conflict, extremely competent and led by on field example)


Inspiration is what elevates a very good parent.....a very good teacher........a very good friend....a very good spouse...a very good coach to be an Inspiring parent....an inspiring teacher....an inspiring friend......an inspiring spouse....an inspiring coach. Elevates them to the level of excellence. 

One can not inspire another without " a fire' first being in the belly of the person  who is doing the inspiring......You and I have never witnessed AV on fire about anything....have we?

Inspiration is about when a child, a student, a friend, a spouse, an athlete says in so many words to the person who inspired them, "Because of you I didn't give up!"

Do you think any player will ever say that to AV?......I don't! 

And AV is a very good coach but he is not an excellent coach because he doesn't inspire. Parcells, Patton, Lombardi among many others inspired!

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AV has yet to instill an identity on this team. Identity refers to "the kind of hockey play this team stands for"........"the hockey values that are at the core of this team."................"who this team passionately believes they are." Nothing consistent about this team yet. They are good enough to go to the finals again but they don't play like they believe it. The team does not yet play with an edge. They don't make other teams uncomfortable, not even at MSG. This is all on THE COACHING STAFF led by AV and it reflects a major weakness of AV as a coach......the same weakness displayed in Vancouver.


Last Year NYR was inspired by a moving, emotional outside event that united the team and drove them to the Cup Finals. Inspiration.....drive.....passion.....enthusiasm has to now come from within the team or we will fade out of the playoffs with a whimper.


Iinspiration takes something GOOD (NYR and AV) and elevates GOOD to something Great!


Imagine going to a party with all AVs....we would all go home empty. SMN translate for those who don't comprehend.

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@Say my Name @betweentheworlds @J_CKfor30 Rah!.....Rah! Camp Walkill River?

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@betweentheworlds @McPhee37 

Yo George! I recognize your shit in me…..shit I finally decided to kick a few years ago. What I am about to say is all about my invitation to you to shift off of your shit and onto allowing good feeling stuff into your heart and into your psyche (like I did)

You got a pattern of thinking and behavior going on that is all about rejecting stuff and rejecting people that makes you feel good and putting all your attention/acceptance on stuff and on people who make you feel shitty.

As you read this I want you to consider me your roomie, a guy who you totally trust to look out for your ass and right now you are getting whooped upon and I am going to be “your third man in” because right now in my eyes at this moment that is more important than anything else for me…………..You know, the guy who is doing the most damage to you……..the guy who is causing you the most pain ……………the guy I am trying to stop is YOURSELF.

You and I know both know that your pattern works like this. You put yourself into any situation and you give 110% effort and you produce 110% results and in the process YOU do not appreciate the great work you have done …..the great effort that you put in. Even when people tell you how much they appreciateyour work and how much they appreciate the incredible values that motivate and drive your efforts., you still don’t appreciate yourself.

What you do appreciate…..what you do pay a whole lot of attention to is the person or persons who demonstrate any negativity towards you , towards your work…..towards your thinking…………….towards your ideas, consequently bringing a whole lot of pain and unhappiness upon yourself.

I do not know if you understand that this is a pattern of living for you. I don’t know if you realize that this is a pattern of living that has a negative affect on those who you are close to…….spouse, kids, grandkids, parents, friends, teammates.

What I suggest as “your 3rd man in” is to first shift off of paying any attention to any negativity and shift on to appreciating others and all that they give to you……let their appreciation of you in, George…..thank them for it…..let them know you appreciate them telling you. (Perhaps you might choose to acknowledge all the people on this blog who respect and support you??!!) It might feel awkward at first but I guarantee that YOU will begin to feel a whole lot better and a whole lot happier.

Just remember……a truth for all of us is “We don’t see others as they are. We see others as we are.”

Remember I am your 3rd man in AND I KNOW YOU CAN DO THIS!....start with thanking rangermom for her cookies (do you notice how her cookies are always there!....that plate of hers is always filled!!)

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