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Why Tom Renney MUST Go!

1/20/08 in NHL   |   Gazzo   |   18 respect

    Ok so the NHL isn't that popular anymore and most of you have no idea who Tom Renney even is. Let me fill you in real quick. Tom Renney is the current coach of the New York Rangers and has held such position since the waning days of the 2003-2004 NHL season. Now that you know who he is, your asking yourself "What has this guy done to get fired"? Well on the surface, he has done nothing that would put his job in jeopardy. In fact he has done quite the opposite, which might explain why he still has a job. Since taking over in game 60 of the 2003-2004 season, Renney has led the team to a 111-71-22 record which looks very impressive, especially considering what the historic Rangers looked like before his arrival. In the 2005-2006 season he even led the team to its first playoff appearance since Wayne Gretzky's last season of 1997-1998, a 4-0 sweep by the Devils in the first round. He one upped himself in 06-07 by sweeping the Thrashers and coming within seconds of a probable defeat of the Buffalo Sabres and a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals (With 7.7 seconds left Chris Drury ended those dreams, but thats another story. Thanks Chris). So by this point you are thoroughly confused, as I have yet to put a chink in his shiny armor. In fact I may have even busted out the Brasso and made it shinier. So let me tell you why this would be hero, MUST GO!

  • Lack of Control over the team
    It still amazes me how a man can lead a team to such greatness without any say in his teams game to game activities. It is Jaromir Jagr who runs this team, not Tom Renney and we need a coach who can stand up to this man. Sure he is one of the best to ever lace up a pair of skates, and he has two Stanley Cup Titles under his belt, but he is still a player. Jagr's pass, pass, pass, pass, think about shooting, pass, pass, than pass some more system is crippling this team and Renney is doing nothing to stop it. Its been going on since Jagr first came to the team after the lockout. On some nights in the Garden the passing gets so bad on the Power Play that the Blueshirt Faithful begin to chant "Shoot the Puck!, Shoot the Puck!". Tom Renney has acknowledged that this is a problem probably hundreds of times in the last 3 seasons, yet nothing has been done about it. Jaromir isn't going anywhere, as all he has to do is score 84 points this season and he is guaranteed another year with the Rangers. This team can't survive another day under this system, so if Jagr doesn't go, Renney must get the axe, replaced by perhaps one of the Sutter boys, or anyone with the nerve to stand up to Jagr.

  • Lack of Team Discipline and Consequences for mistakes
    Another recurring problem under the Renney system is players being allowed  to pretty much do whatever they want play wise, with no reprocussions from the coaching staff. Players go out on the ice and take as many bad penalties as they want, and NOTHING happens to them. In the last four games the Rangers have been down two men at least once, and two of those 5-3s were caused by a Michael Rosival penalty while already a man down. Has Rosival lost any playing time as a result of his sloppy play? No. Marcel Hossa is also guilty of one of the penalties while down a man, along with another 3 hooking penalties late in the last few games. Has Hossa seen the splinters in his rear increase? NO! Tom Renney clearly has no clue what a sound hockey team looks like and its time to find someone who does.

  • No Consistency from the team and Constant Line changes
    In one stretch of the 06-07 season, the Rangers lost seven consecutive games where they had a lead of 2 goals going into the third period. One of the reasons I believe this was happening was the lack of team Chemistry. While there hasn't been a real good example of it since than, Tom Renney still changes his Forward lines like John Kerry changes his story. How are three players supposed to learn each others abilities and grow that almost "Sixth Sense" among each other that is so necessary for a winning hockey team, when they have different line mates every other game? And why suddenly am I seeing a third line out on the ice that consists of two 22 year old forwards, a 25 year old forward and a 21 year old defenseman? Is this the All-Junior team or the NHL? Pick any 20 games from Tom Renney's tenure with the Rangers (All from one season of course). Now look at the lines from those games. Odds are your looking at 15 different line arrangements in 20 games. Now of course it takes time to set lines in place and juggling them from time to time is good, but 15 arrangements in 20 games? Bye Bye Tom. Nice Knowing Ya!
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1/21/08   |   Gazzo   |   18 respect

nyrangers wrote:

well done. i agree with just about everything. i have been a renney supporter but after the first couple of weeks of this season i have given up on him.

 

jagr has been horrible yet the team revolves around him. it is amazing looking back on the carreer he has had and some of the goals he has scored, but he doesn't even try to do those things anymore. everytime on the rush he just goes to the outside and either goes behind the net and gives the puck away, spins around by the half boards and gives it away, or take a bad shot which gets deflected/blocked away

 

our PP is HORRIBLE ecspecially with the talent we have. it is a pass first, shoot only if it is a guaranteed goal system. we freakin CYCLE with the man advantage and accomplish nothing. we just need to go to the net and shoot. nobody moves on the PP, it is standing around passing along the outside

 

renney doesn't bench players when they should be benched, a la marek malik. he FINALLY realized that he is nothing more than a traffic cone and benched him. he, rozival, jagr, hossa, and occassionaly others take those lazy/stupid hooking and holding calls that cost us. but recive no punishment

 

the one thing you didn't mention was how renney shows no emotion. he lets the refs as well as the players have their way with him. there have been some absolutely ridiculous calls on the rangers where renney's eyebrows shift and he chews his come more angrily...that's it. the most he ever does is in his postgame comments say something like "the refs made some 'adventerous' calls." JUST SAY THAT THE REFS SUCKED WHEN THEY DID!! YOU AREN'T GETTING ANY BROWNIE POINTS FOR SHOWING RESPECT TO THE REFS WHEN THEY SHOW NONE TO YOU!

 

another thing you didn't mention was his overuse of the 4th line. yes, it is a great shutdown line and has been consistent all year, but they don't score. you can't win when you send your shutdown line against the opponent's top line who plays more than any other line gives their team momentum and generates chances. it also doesn't let your top line get out as much and generate chances, they just have their legs stiffen up on the bench and come out flat.

 

i do however disagree with your assesment of the 3rd line if i interpreted correctly. the 3rd line has been our best line these past couple of games as they seem to have great chemistry; they are all players who work hard down low and generate chances on the forecheck and are relentless. they keep the other team pinned down in their own zone which gives your team a lift, draws penalties, occasionaly scores, and doesn't allow the other team to score. i think they have been underused

 

btw on a side note, do you visit the rangers bulletin board? because this is most of the stuff everyone their posts as nobody likes renney. this rant would be perfect. but comon LGR!!!

I'm not knocking the players on the third line at all. I love Callahan, Prucha and Dubinsky and would like to see them remain Rangers forever. I am knocking Renney for putting together a line consisting of a 21 yr old, 25 yr old and 21 year old player respectively. Even more insane is that he usually pairs them up with Mara and Staal on defense (or at least has on several occasions) adding another 21 year old Rookie (Staal) to the mix. All these players independently have great talent, but putting them all together on one line is just insane.

1/20/08   |   nyrangers   |   192 respect

well done. i agree with just about everything. i have been a renney supporter but after the first couple of weeks of this season i have given up on him.

 

jagr has been horrible yet the team revolves around him. it is amazing looking back on the carreer he has had and some of the goals he has scored, but he doesn't even try to do those things anymore. everytime on the rush he just goes to the outside and either goes behind the net and gives the puck away, spins around by the half boards and gives it away, or take a bad shot which gets deflected/blocked away

 

our PP is HORRIBLE ecspecially with the talent we have. it is a pass first, shoot only if it is a guaranteed goal system. we freakin CYCLE with the man advantage and accomplish nothing. we just need to go to the net and shoot. nobody moves on the PP, it is standing around passing along the outside

 

renney doesn't bench players when they should be benched, a la marek malik. he FINALLY realized that he is nothing more than a traffic cone and benched him. he, rozival, jagr, hossa, and occassionaly others take those lazy/stupid hooking and holding calls that cost us. but recive no punishment

 

the one thing you didn't mention was how renney shows no emotion. he lets the refs as well as the players have their way with him. there have been some absolutely ridiculous calls on the rangers where renney's eyebrows shift and he chews his come more angrily...that's it. the most he ever does is in his postgame comments say something like "the refs made some 'adventerous' calls." JUST SAY THAT THE REFS SUCKED WHEN THEY DID!! YOU AREN'T GETTING ANY BROWNIE POINTS FOR SHOWING RESPECT TO THE REFS WHEN THEY SHOW NONE TO YOU!

 

another thing you didn't mention was his overuse of the 4th line. yes, it is a great shutdown line and has been consistent all year, but they don't score. you can't win when you send your shutdown line against the opponent's top line who plays more than any other line gives their team momentum and generates chances. it also doesn't let your top line get out as much and generate chances, they just have their legs stiffen up on the bench and come out flat.

 

i do however disagree with your assesment of the 3rd line if i interpreted correctly. the 3rd line has been our best line these past couple of games as they seem to have great chemistry; they are all players who work hard down low and generate chances on the forecheck and are relentless. they keep the other team pinned down in their own zone which gives your team a lift, draws penalties, occasionaly scores, and doesn't allow the other team to score. i think they have been underused

 

btw on a side note, do you visit the rangers bulletin board? because this is most of the stuff everyone their posts as nobody likes renney. this rant would be perfect. but comon LGR!!!