New York Rangers head coach David Quinn already feels like the anti-Alain Vigneault while continuing to preach toughness and physicality.
The anti-Alain Vigneault has officially arrived. At least that’s the overwhelming feeling among all of New York Rangers fandom at the moment.
While AV seemingly picked the 18 most talented offensive players on a night in, night out basis every night, his replacement, David Quinn, continues to preach toughness and physicality during his first big-boy NHL preseason.
After his team’s 5-2 preseason loss to the rival Islanders on Saturday night, Quinn reiterated his toughness thoughts to the media.
"We've got to protect each other, we've got to stand up for each other, we've got to support each other and we've got to do that from now until the day the season ends."
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) September 23, 2018
“We’ve got to protect each other, we’ve got to stand up for each other, we’ve got to support each other and we’ve got to do that from now until the day the season ends.”
This is a seriously contrasting message than what’s been presented on the ice the last several seasons in Manhattan.
Though talented, the Rangers hockey club has usually lagged behind others in the physical department. Individuals like Ryan Callahan, Dominic Moore and Carl Hagelin could win one-on-one battles and bust ass, but very few Rangers could actually clear the crease in front of Henrik Lundqvist or step in for a teammate when challenged by a goon.
While we’re still unsure of the personnel to eventually step-up, it’s clear as day that the message regarding physicality is much different. This is especially critical as it pertains to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, for only the tough survive the greatest playoff tournament known to man.
Speed and talent are nice, but it’ll never, alone, win hockey games and New York Rangers rookie head coach David Quinn appears to already understand this critical notion.