Hockey Widow wrote:I remember so well the talk about wanting to employ a system when he got to Vancouver but needed the players who could execute. MG supposicly got those players and then AV was all about the process. Seems he is saying the same things now in NY. For fans that want Del Zoto or Calli, read the message boards about their play, injuries and value for expected next.
Sorry Hockey Widow,
I'm going to have to call you out on this one.
This paragraph right here is almost implying that AV is a failure as a coach and is prone to make excuses for his inevitable failures.
While in Vancouver - It's true that AV wanted to employ a certain system, and expressed a desire to acquire players that could execute.......and upon acquiring those players, talked about the process. This happened from 2006-2008. What happened after that? 2008-2013......arguably the greatest and most successful time in franchise history.
Two Presidents' trophies, a Jack Adams award, and helping corral the talents of a Hart trophy winner, Art Ross trophy winners, Selke trophy winner, and a Vezina trophy finalist.
Vigneault deserves a lot of respect........and no, Vigneault did not lose the room after the Cup run. If that was the case, we wouldn't have won the Presidents' Trophy the following year.
It was the 2013 season where V started to lose the team.
So many people seem to think that this team completely tanked after our cup loss......or even after the Boston revenge game on Jan 7 2012.......but if that was the case, we wouldn't have won that 2nd Presidents' trophy. Furthermore, during that series against the Kings, each and every one of those games was a coin flip outside of Game 2. Although it was a 5 game series loss, we pushed the Kings harder than their other opponents in those playoffs (and yes, I realize that NJ won 2 games against LA).
Having said all that, I'm glad that we have Tortorella as V's time here was done.