Welcome to August and the literal dog days of the NHL offseason. The good news is we only have a few weeks left before training camps begin and all of us can once again salivate over the idea of watching hockey games. The bad news is it’s going to feel like an eternity before camp arrives.
Two pieces of news surfaced over the last 24 hours. Lets take a look at them…
1) Rangers are reportedly looking at Canucks video coach Darryl Williams to join the coaching staff. Williams, who was an assistant when Alain Vigneault was head coach in Vancouver, stayed on last season under John Tortorella’s one season behind the bench.
— If you’ve followed me on twitter long enough, I’ve advocated for Adam Oates to take a spot on the coaching staff to really solidify the Rangers power play. Obviously, NYR are only looking for a replacement ‘eye in the sky’ coach and that would be a huge step down for Oates. If this move happens, if it doesn’t happen doesn’t really matter. It’s a low-key move and, at the very least, adds some more harmony to AV’s staff in New York.
2) Justin Falk goes home, signing a one-year, two-way deal to return to the Minnesota Wild. Falk’s only season on Broadway was one to forget. He played in 21 games, averaged 11:55 per game and finished with two assists. Falk was also -5, accrued 20 PIMs, 39 hits and 28 blocked shots.
— Going into last season, Falk was looked at as the physical D-man the Rangers needed and some pundits had him pegged as the 6th guy to round out the back line. A year later, he’s gone.Falk just never found his footing in New York and was clearly not a good enough skater to play in AV’s up-tempo, puck-possession system.
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