Robby to Slats:

Larry Robinson, currently a consultant with the world champion New Jersey Devils, withdrew his name from consideration for the head coaching position with the New York Rangers this morning. Robinson informed Rangers GM Glen Sather that he would not take the job, even though it had never been “formally” offered to him.

Slats doesn’t get his man, which begs the question: Did he even really want him?

The announcement of Robinson’s decision comes on the heels of a couple of days of phone tag between the two parties. Robinson had been trying to contact Sather, but the GM was either evaluating prospects or on the golf course.

So, if you’re the General Manager of an NHL franchise and you have no head coach, but have one candidate in mind, why ignore his overtures? Why hit the links when there is important business to be taken care of? Strange dealings by Sather, if you ask me.

In turning down the position, Robinson said that he was “looking forward to the challenge, but I didn’t have that real excitement when I thought about taking this job.” He went on to explain that he does want to be a head coach again someday, but with a younger team where he could act as a teacher and mold in his own image.

“I enjoy teaching. I don’t know if you can always teach old dogs new tricks,” said Robinson of the Rangers roster.

For Sather, the search continues….

Courtesy of CNNSI.com:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/hockey/news/2003/06/26/robinson_rangers_ap/


19 Responses to Robby to Slats:

  1. mikster says:

    Damn! I liked him for his knowledge of the system. Then again, Larry was a numbnut (like many coaches and gm’s) in showing his interest before and now ‘lost’ it.

    But then again, he wants to teach a young core, a la Lemaire. I say Nashville will fire Barry Trotz if they don’t do as well this coming season, and hire Larry if he is available.

    By the way, how are the Devils ‘world’ champions? They won in NA, and NA is not the world.

    Anyway, now this troubles me. Who the hell is Slats talking to? He has been talking to two other candidates and Newsday mentioned that Peter Laviolette had a ‘chat’ with Slats, and the other guy must be Herb Brooks.

    Either way, i think Sather should get behind the bench. Herb Brooks is not gonna do it. The guy is as old as my grandma Fossil. He did a very good job with Team USA, both offensively and defensively. But, this is the NHL….more egos…smaller rink and apparently….defense is a key.

    If Larry is still available at the end of 2004, then he may gain interest in coaching the Rangers, who will have a lot of youngsters coming up since more than half the team’s players’ contracts will expire. Maybe Brooks this year and Larry the next?

    Who knows….

    The search continues and Sather must hire a coach before July 1st.

  2. MantaRay says:

    This should come as no surprise to anyone, except the Mikster. This was a match made in make believe. Robinson is a teacher, not a servant.

    To take this job would have marred his career.

    As reported in the Star-Ledger a few weeks ago: Robinson spoke to Bobby Holik about the Ranger job. Holik did not encourage Robinson to take the job and essentially didn’t want to take any responsiblity for Robby’s decision, while expressing regrets about leaving the Devils after watching the Stanley Cup finals.

    Just like last season, Sather will look for a new puppet/scapegoat to coach the Ranger$.

  3. mikster says:

    Robinson showed interest two days ago, he changed his mind…period.

    If he was not interested before, then he would have made that statement a while ago.

    So, yeah….he showed interest and now doesn’t. Why should it not surprise me?

    Also, Holik never said anything to discourage and encourage Larry in taking the job. Look it up in DailyNews, Post, NYTimes and Newsday. Star Ledger is a very poor source to look at for info and rumors.

    I love your “Ranger$” and i know i can’t put that on the Devils even if they have over $50M in payroll. But the main reason why i can’t put the $ on the Devils is for the fact that they actually lost money by even winning the Stanley Cup.

    Get this team out of NJ, it’ll face another financial crisis. Besides, this team deserves better fan support too.

  4. DaMick says:

    Heh. Funny thing about this situation ,was that Robby thought he could actually think on his own running the team. Give the guy credit…he wanted to be his own man

    This is why Sather will not bring The Ranger$ to the promised land.

    Any defensive coach wanting to install his type of plan will not be able with Sather.

    The candiates left?

    Ted Nolan?

    Laviolette?

    heh…one thing though if the Ranger$ fail this year in attaining playoff staus…

    Sather will get axed.

    might not be a bad thing afterall.

    DaMick

  5. mikster says:

    Who will het axed first!? Slats or Milbury? Stay tuned!

  6. big_booty says:

    “Larry was a numbnut…in showing his interest before and now ‘lost’ it.”

    What the hell is that supposed to mean? Are people not allowed to change their minds? God forbid someone turn down a job because they realize it’s not for them, rather than take it and be unhappy. “Numbnut?” Grow the hell up.

    Larry analyzed the situation the way any person would when an oppurtunity presents itself. He even said: “When you look at who they’ve got and what they’ve got, you wonder why they’re not winning more.”

    To wit: Larry wanted the job initially, mostly because he wants to be a head coach again. That, in and of itself, is an admirable thing. However, when it came right down to it, he thought long and hard about it, and realized that he didn’t want to put himself in a situation where he couldn’t coach the way he wants. There is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING wrong with that.

    I guess the only thing “wrong” with it is that Robinson dared turn down your precious New York Rangers. Awwwwwww.

    “How are the Devils ‘world’ champions?”

    What a dumb question. It’s simple: The NHL employs the best players in the world. The NHL is played in North America. The Devils are the champions of the NHL, and ergo, of the world as well. Show me one team in the world who could de-throne the Devils. MoDo? Dynamo Mockba? Please.

    “Newsday mentioned that Peter Laviolette had a ‘chat’ with Slats.”

    So what. Laviolette would be a fool to take this job as well. He couldn’t handle two egos on the Island, what makes you think he could handle six or eight in Manhattan?

    “Sather must hire a coach before July 1st.”

    Doubtful that will happen. That’s only 5 days away, what is Slats going to do in 5 days to remedy this situation. Play more golf? Evaluate more prospects? Send out more questionnaires and expect a fifty-page hand-written response? Nope. Not going to happen.

    Your Rangers are stuck up an unsanitary tributary without sufficient means of locomotion.

  7. dkball7 says:

    If you havn’t noticed by now, us north americans like to think of ourselves as being more importiant/ more powerful than the rest of the world. thats why the devils are world champions. plus, doesn’t world sound alot better than ‘national hockey league, proffesional north american area champions’?

  8. isles4life says:

    HAHA.You know whats funny about this.Slats is a damn hypocrite.With all the money in the world(Dolans)He still cant put up a descent team.I am not a hugh Mad Mike fan.But al least we can get into the playoffs with an average payroll.The Rangers are twice the payroll and had a dozen or so allstars on the team.Who deserves top be axed first.Lets be real Mikster.

  9. Sands says:

    Ahhh I wanted him, Too bad…. well… now i want Keenen who will most likly not be the coach… unless he’s waiting for them to fire him. But other wise Keenen or Sather thats it NO ONE ELSE!

    I do not want CUJO… the guy is sooo over rated it makes me sick. And if Blackburn is going to turn out to be like a CUJO player (like they said) i don’t want him. CUJO CAN NOT WIN A CUP. Sather get’s him it will be his worst move. Someone hit this Guy PLEASE! AND IF HE DOESN”T SIGN LEETCH! I DON”T CARE WHEN< BUT IF HE DOESN"T, SATHER LOSSES MY RESPECT.

  10. Sands says:

    Ahhh I wanted him, Too bad…. well… now i want Keenen who will most likly not be the coach… unless he’s waiting for them to fire him. But other wise Keenen or Sather thats it NO ONE ELSE!

    I do not want CUJO… the guy is sooo over rated it makes me sick. And if Blackburn is going to turn out to be like a CUJO player (like they said) i don’t want him. CUJO CAN NOT WIN A CUP. Sather get’s him it will be his worst move. Someone hit this Guy PLEASE! AND IF HE DOESN”T SIGN LEETCH! I DON”T CARE WHEN< BUT IF HE DOESN"T, SATHER LOSSES MY RESPECT.

  11. Sands says:

    Ahhh I wanted him, Too bad…. well… now i want Keenen who will most likly not be the coach… unless he’s waiting for them to fire him. But other wise Keenen or Sather thats it NO ONE ELSE!

    I do not want CUJO… the guy is sooo over rated it makes me sick. And if Blackburn is going to turn out to be like a CUJO player (like they said) i don’t want him. CUJO CAN NOT WIN A CUP. Sather get’s him it will be his worst move. Someone hit this Guy PLEASE! AND IF HE DOESN”T SIGN LEETCH! I DON”T CARE WHEN< BUT IF HE DOESN"T, SATHER LOSSES MY RESPECT.

  12. mikster says:

    And you’re basing Milbury’s success on two years? He should have been axed before.

  13. mcpeach2 says:

    INternational Rules means no red line. No red line means the Devils have no system. No system means the Devils couldnt beat my high school team.

  14. big_booty says:

    A suitable puppet will be difficult for Slats to find. He has cemented his reputation as a GM whom a head coach cannot trust, any coach daring enough to take that job would have to have a professional death wish.

    Laviolette is no such milktoast, neither is Ftorek.

    Although Herb Brooks could be…Brooks, as you know, would be thoroughly ineffective. The mikster knows this, and fears it terribly.

    I have to wonder where all the Iron Mike lovers are now, after watching him drool all over Horton and Stewart at the draft.

    Sather has wet his bed, and now he has to lie in it.

  15. swedishvoice says:

    I’m not shure but i have read in the Swedish paper “Aftonbladet” the swedish coach Curre Lundmark (that won the 1994 olympics for Sweden is headed over there. He was bound to coach The Jonkoping Blue Bulls but got outed by his former assistant for the possision and is now locking at the NHL also there is talks about bad ass Swedish national tems coach Hardy Nilsson getting more and more intrested in tne NHL. Just speculations from Swedish papers but hey im might be something in them…

  16. MantaRay says:

    Ah Mikster, you thought he was signed, sealed and delivered. You got duped.

    All of sudden the Daily News, Post, NY TImes and Newsday you consider viable??? Last season when I pointed out things that went against your reality, you didn’t consider them reliable sources because they didn’t agree with you. Now its the Star Ledger!

    You never cease to make me laugh.

    Everyone in the NHL alledgedly lost money last year (except Columbus and Minnesota), its a CBA year. Your such a simpletonl, of course they are going to say they are losing money.

    Take a break from you nursing classes and take up some business courses. The Ranger$ have lost far much more money then we did….again.

    Get over it!

  17. MantaRay says:

    Ah Mikster, you thought he was signed, sealed and delivered. You got duped.

    All of sudden the Daily News, Post, NY TImes and Newsday you consider viable??? Last season when I pointed out things that went against your reality, you didn’t consider them reliable sources because they didn’t agree with you. Now its the Star Ledger!

    You never cease to make me laugh.

    Everyone in the NHL alledgedly lost money last year (except Columbus and Minnesota), its a CBA year. Your such a simpletonl, of course they are going to say they are losing money.

    Take a break from you nursing classes and take up some business courses. The Ranger$ have lost far much more money then we did….again.

    Get over it!

  18. MantaRay says:

    Ah Mikster, you thought he was signed, sealed and delivered. You got duped.

    All of sudden the Daily News, Post, NY TImes and Newsday you consider viable??? Last season when I pointed out things that went against your reality, you didn’t consider them reliable sources because they didn’t agree with you. Now its the Star Ledger!

    You never cease to make me laugh.

    Everyone in the NHL alledgedly lost money last year (except Columbus and Minnesota), its a CBA year. Your such a simpletonl, of course they are going to say they are losing money.

    Take a break from you nursing classes and take up some business courses. The Ranger$ have lost far much more money then we did….again.

    Get over it!

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