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David Quinn’s Second Year With The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Make no mistake. While overseeing development of the Yoots of Broadway was an important component of Quinn’s assignment coming out of Boston University, the coach had a mandate to restore the Blueshirts’ work ethic and attention to practice detail after steady slippage in both areas the past couple of years under the previous regime, headed by Alain Vigneault.

And Quinn succeeded. There was a method to the string of outbursts at practice in which he lectured his team about work habits. There was a method to the selection of healthy scratches in which those perceived as laggards were left in street clothes. The Rangers responded. Other issues — primarily a lack of high-end talent coupled with a total eclipse of defensive-zone structure and Henrik Lundqvist’s late meltdown — undermined the team through its 20-28-12 final four months, but the work ethic remained strong through the final overtime victory in Pittsburgh on the final night of the season.

The base has been established. Expectations are known. This time around, Quinn should have do far less loud talking, though no one should expect a transformation to a coach whisperer. There should, however, be much more nuanced coaching.

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