2002-03-30 / Sports

And I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues! The Ranger Makeover

By Elio Velez

And I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues!
The Ranger Makeover
By Elio Velez

The Rangers season is funny, as their second half has turned out to be like that awful sequel to a great movie, Caddyshack 2.

Actually the Rangers the last 5 years have been the actors performing Caddyshack 2.

The season is over and I as write this, they are still 3 points off. The Rangers would have to sell their soul to the devil for a forbidden donut (Homer Simpson reference) to make it.

In an ongoing series of articles, I will explain my crazy and hopefully rational thinking of how this team at least should be .500 at home next year. Ok, make the playoffs.

What to do with this bunch? Let’s start with Coach Ron Low, who has been tearing whatever hair he has left on his head because of this nutty bunch. Of course he will be let go for his unfathomable line changes and pairings. Rangers fans fondly chanting "Low Must Go" reminds me so fondly of Jets fans chanting Joe Must Go back in 1989.

Ok so now who comes in as the new coach? Ken Hitchcock is so the opposite of Glen Sather’s policy of run and gun hockey it couldn’t work. It also didn’t help that the Stars’ players just turned him off finally.

Hartford’s John Paddock is not an option. He’s a good coach but he was not Sather’s choice to be the Wolfpack coach. I don’t believe Sather wants to justify the Neil Smith regime in choosing Paddock as coach.

What Sather should have the guts to do is to hire blackballed Ted Nolan as coach. Sather is not afraid of what the media thinks about his movies so why stop now. He was a good coach with Buffalo and he has the temperament to handle veterans and young. As Nike (Phil Knight) once said, Just do it!

Aren’t you scared that maybe Glen Sather can’t find anyone and pulls an Emile Francis and goes down to the bench himself to coach? Man that would be funny. In fact, the more I think about, it might happen!!!

What is Sather’s plan? Got me, because he doesn’t tell the media and he won’t tell this fledgling writer what is the 411. Anyways, I can’t think anymore. Ill just write it next time. Peace!


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