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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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@TomDundie @EHBIGAPPLE I understand and agree with your request for patience....I am totally with you. Please understand that I am not advocating an either or Coaching style. I am advocating a combination of a strong/positive/inspiring/coach who can clearly teach and coach a very specific system and at the same time emotionally and positively inspire high performance on the part of his charges. AV has never demonstrated the inspiring component in his very effective career. That inspiring component has to come from some where.


I hope our patience and your call for patience can pave the way for another inspiring "component" to appear........to somehow rise up from the team and positively impact the ultimate on-ice performance of the team.

 I believe we have the capabilities and the system (thank you Slats and AV!) to win the Cup. The unknown and missing component this year is "do we as a team have the emotional character.....the emotional heart....the emotional will to execute all that we have to execute and to withstand all we have to withstand to have a parade that this great city of ours so richly deserves.?"

Your call for patience is a sound one, indeed!

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@NYR 2014 

A little twist on the same point You correctly point out... I am raising the issue of the difference between "Coaching/Managing a Team of high performers" and "Leading a Team of high performance"......the difference between teaching, coaching and monitoring a system of playing the game (which AV is very good at doing) and also inspiring a superior level of performance out of his players while using that system so that they perform above expectations.....and eventually turn that high level of performance into "a culture that says that high level of performance is who we are.....that high level performance is now our identity and is exactly what any team can expect from us when they play us.(which AV is not good at doing)

For any Coach.....manager.......parent.....teacher to be considered great They need to be able to manage AND lead (inspire greatness in the people under their wing) Athletes, sales people, employees, children, students all salute the truly great leaders by describing how those very same leaders made them feel good about themselves (notice  the inspiring emotion)  and that is what inspired their ensuing high performance.

There are very few people who can perform/execute as both a Manager AND a Leader. AV is not one of the few. When the NYR went on their amazing run (read elevated high performance) to the CUP finals I was elated and as happy as you were back then I had a BIG concern, though, based on Wisdom culled from my own experience as a manager And a leader. What caught my attention was that the inspiration that all the players felt (that inspired their high level of play) did not come from management but rather came from an outside singular event (MSL's Mom's passing.) NYR's reaction to that event in MSL's life brought the team together and became a rallying cry that inspired a higher level of TEAM performance.

What stuck me, based on what my own experience has taught me, is that MSL's kind of inspiration is short lived because it is tied to a singular outside event that is not part and parcel of "the way the team does its business." It is like attending a ZIG ZIGLAR event....maybe a short term jolt in performance but no long term effects.

I never brought my concern up back then because it wasn't appropriate in the midst of all the celebration. I am bringing it up now  because it underlines a big weakness of AV as a good Coach. He is not a Leader. He does not inspire. Go back and read all the comments the Canuck players made about his tenure there and you won't find one comment that touches on inspiration.....because there are not any. As an example, notice how so many ex-players are loyal to Parcells....a leader of men  and not a nice guy) The man, AV, is devoid of emotion (nice guys avoid/run away from emotional conflict!)

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@TomDundie I am raising the issue of the difference between "Coaching/Managing a Team of high performers" and "Leading a Team of high performance"......the difference between teaching, coaching and monitoring a system of playing the game (which AV is very good at doing) AND ALSO inspiring a superior level of performance out of his players while using that system so that they perform above expectations.....and eventually turn that high level of performance into "a culture that says that high level of performance is who we are.....that high level performance is now our identity and is exactly what any team can expect from us when they play us.(which AV is NOT good at doing)


For any Coach.....manager.......parent.....teacher to be CONSIDERED GREAT They need to be able to manage AND lead (inspire greatness in the people under their wing) Athletes, sales people, employees, children, students all salute the truly great leaders by describing how those very same leaders made them FEEL GOOD ABOUT THEMSELVES(notice  the inspiring emotion)  and that is what inspired their ensuing high performance.


There are very few people who can perform/execute as both a Manager AND a Leader. AV is NOT one of the few. When the NYR went on their amazing run (read elevated high performance) to the CUP finals I was elated and as happy as you were.Back then I had a BIG concern, though, based on Wisdom culled from my own experience as a manager And a leader. What caught my attention was that the inspiration that all the players FELT (that inspired their high level of play) did not come from management but rather came from an outside singular event (MSL's Mom's passing.) NYR's reaction to that event in MSL's life brought the team together and became a rallying cry that inspired a higher level of TEAM performance.


What stuck me, based on what my own experience has taught me, is that MSL's kind of inspiration is short lived because it is tied to a singular outside event that is not part and parcel of "the way the team does its business." It is like attending a ZIG ZIGLAR event....maybe a short term jolt in performance but no long term effects.


I never brought my concern up back then because it wasn't appropriate in the midst of all the celebration. I am bringing it up now  because it underlines a big weakness of AV as a good Coach. He is not a Leader. He does not inspire. Go back and read all the comments the Canuck players made about his tenure there and you won't find one comment that touches on inspiration.....because there are not any. As an example, notice how so many ex-players are loyal to Parcells....a leader of men  AND NOT A NICE GUY) The man, AV is devoid of emotion (NICE GUYS AVOID EMOTIONAL CONFLICT like breath!)


I am concerned that Leadership may not emerge from the team while AV is Coach. I realize right now the only Leader on the team is The King (not in an ideal position to inspire) and AV actively gets rid of emotional players or attempts to tame them down. (AV is having Kreider talk to officials so Kreider can learn how to use his strength to PLEASE the officials (NICE GUYS ARE GOOD AT PLEASING).........more of AV's NICE GUY stuff)



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@McPhee37 Yo McPhee....careful with your wisdom here.....you will upset all THE NICE GUYS on this site....and you will also upset all those who say, "They are professionals. They will figure it out.".........We, in AV have  a good "Coach/Manager" but a piss poor Leader of men.....no influence.....no making an impact. That dude would whiff out in The House Of The Rising Sun...excuse me rangermom!

Could you imagine how boring their practices must be if their actual playing in their own crib is this boring? AV has the passion....the enthusiasm.....the upliftment as a room full of Librarians, shhhhhh!...the encyclopedias are over their next to the cookbooks.

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@McPhee37 No argument with your view on how the game is played. With Kreider I believe he is "too fast" as a traditional power forward.  Neely and Gillies were great at the power forward position. I believe Kreider is considerably faster than either of them and puts himself in position to be the first one to the puck in the O zone as opposed to separating the d-man from the puck. K is the fastest Big Man I have ever remembered playing for the NTR.....what say you?

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@betweentheworlds @TomDundie @Say my Name See Trees Lounge filmed on L.I. with Buscemi (and his brother)

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@brian2686 @EHBIGAPPLE @Gianni74 I agree with you but I also understand that other things will come into play in NYR deciding whether to keep him or send him to Juniors. In other words there is a bigger context in which the decision will be made.....for instance,leverage of those who support The Duke v.s. the leverage of those who support Hayes, Mueller, Malone etc..........the falling star of J. Moore vs the rising star of Hunwick.......can NYR come up with a strong defensive center somewhere?..........will the Rangers free up a wing spot on the 3rd line for The Duke and how will they do that?....and all relationship/locker room/personal motivational issues that have arisen on the team the last 6 weeks (which all of us are clueless about?)

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@Gianni74 Thank you for this info and perspective......very telling. I think it also raises questions like:

1) How youthful is D. Moore as opposed to his actual physical age? MSL does not play like he is in his late thirties. Does D. Moore think about himself and have more youthful attitudes about himself (now that the worst part of his personal tragedy is behind him).....I don't know?...stay tune!

What I do know is that the problem (age in this case) is never the problem....the problem is always how we think about the problem!!


2) Will return to Juniors afford the necessary "defensive zone time" for The Duke to hone his defensive play enough to eventually "fit" with this present NYR team?

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@kevin11 I am with you on your face-off assessment. What I was thinking would a Mueller develop enough over a season (and I know he has kicked around a little) to allow D. Moore to play with more offensively talented players? or could the NYR trade for a low cap defensive center? D. Moore is just too creative offensively to waste him on the 4th line.

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@scrangersfan @kevin11 Here's a thought for you. It appears to me that D. Moore has elevated his complete game to another level and can bring more value to the team as a 3rd line center, rather than a fourth line center....what do you think?

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@JoeyKocur Totally agree and the return of Boyle to your comment.

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@betweentheworlds @Say my Name @Purinton @NYRblogneill Malone cleared waivers..........What does that say about his future with NYR and the NHL?


AV will entertain a big physical 4th line player only if they are clearly above average in skating.....McI & Malone not so much??

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