Sunday, April 24, 2011

Rangers Extend Tortorella Three Years

According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, the New York Rangers have extended the contract of head coach John Tortorella for three more seasons.  Originally Tortorella was to have his contract expire after this season.  There are positives and negatives to Tortorella, like any coach, but the job he has did this year certainly earned him more time at the helm.   

The 2010-11 Rangers overachieved as they continued the transition from the old way of buying big names to growing our own players into NHL pieces with the final goal to be building a championship contender.  I am not sure that Tortorella will be the guy that ultimately takes them to the final level, but for now he is showing that he can get the most out of some inferior pieces.  Now the challenge will be to meet the rising expectation levels the team will face next year or he will quickly go from coach helping a team overachieve to a coach that has us continually battling for 8th to either miss the playoffs or leave early.