There is a goalie who is available who can step into Billy Smith’s long-empty shoes. His name is Tim Thomas.
While the Nets will have a starting lineup that includes Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez along with Pierce and Garnett, you have to worry about the longevity of this team.
Vigneault needs to do what comes naturally for him, and that means developing offensive creativity on a team that’s been nearly bereft of that commodity.
Those who followed the series religiously know that sports was a big part of Tony Sopranos’ life.
Joel Quenneville is not too stubborn for his own good.
Vigneault may not be a breath of fresh air, but he’s not the restrictive leader that Tortorella was and that’s good news for the Rangers.
Smith has many issues, but footwork is the biggest. He is struggling to understand the mechanics, and that leads to overall sloppiness. He is not ready to play right now, and he’ll have to pick it up quite a bit if he is going to be able to contribute this year.
General manager Jerry Reese is not helping head coach Tom Coughlin’s state of mind. Coughlin is not going to put any public pressure on the Giants’ general manager, but he’s annoyed at what’s going on with his wide receivers.
It’s not about a coach forcing a style of play down his players’ throats. Those days are over. That’s the lesson of John Tortorella’s painful regime.
If the surgery goes well, Pierre-Paul will once again become a speedster who can turn the corner. A double-digit sack season would go a long way toward returning the Giants to the postseason.
Glen Sather must find a coach who understands that the Rangers need to develop their offensive instincts. Tortorella crushed players like Marian Gaborik, those who wanted to put the puck in the net. The next coach can’t be so limited in his outlook.
Sather and the Rangers need a new philosophy and a new leader. Tortorella’s hard-edged discipline serves a purpose, but it’s not going to bring the Rangers a championship.
Tortorella is writing his own epitaph. Unless his defining messages bring about a miracle, he seems to be in his final days of coaching a team that has been a heartbreaking disappointment each of the last two playoff years.
Major League Baseball is considering a move that would lead to more correct calls and, in turn, make the game better. Yes, it would impact tradition — the tradition of incorrect calls that has dogged baseball for decades.
If Tortorella had wanted to take home-ice advantage away from the Bruins, he could have attacked the defense with an extra forechecker and forced the action. Instead, he stuck with his usual plan of attack.