Robinson Next Rangers Coach?

Larry Robinson has told the media, and, that he will talk to Sather about the Head Coaching job, but under circumstances.Larry Robinson is interested enough in coaching the Rangers to have called Glen Sather Tuesday night to set up an interview for early next week.
But he is not interested in leaving his fine consulting job with the Devils unless Sather is willing to let him coach exactly the way he wants – defense first and without a walkie-talkie hookup from the bench to the GM’s box.

“I coach a certain way and I’m not going to change my philosophy because somebody else feels the game should be played a certain way,” Robinson said yesterday from his Florida home. “It would be my rear end on the line. And if it is, I’m going to do it my way.”

Robinson is the Rangers’ first choice to coach next season. Scotty Bowman got his name into the mix over the weekend, but he and Sather would have to get past years of rivalry for that marriage to work.

While Robinson isn’t desperate to return to coaching a mere 18 months since being fired by the Devils, he admits to having an itch to get back behind a bench. “I think that once it’s in your blood, it’s always there,” he said. “And I kind of like a little bit of a challenge. So I think that’s kind of there.

“And yet, I have strong feelings for all the years with New Jersey. Being with the team the last three or four weeks, I saw all the kids that were just starting when I was coaching there.

“I think it’s nice to be able to take a job when you don’t have to.”

Clearly, Sather will have a lot of recruiting to do when he and Robinson get together in New York. But Sather’s best weapon in that battle hasn’t fired yet – Bobby Holik, an unabashed Robinson fan, has been playing phone tag with his former coach the past couple of days.

“I’ve talked to a lot of people about it, but the one I haven’t spoken to yet is Bobby Holik,” Robinson said. “Before I talk to anybody about the job, I want to talk to Bobby.”

When he talks to Sather, Robinson would like to get a clear picture of the GM’s roster plans. He would like some assurance that Brian Leetch will be re-signed. And while he didn’t reveal his preference either way, he would want to know whether Mark Messier is coming back. However, Robinson said he would not request any power over personnel decisions – just a chance to be heard on such matters. As long, that is, as the traditional GM/coach boundaries were respected in both directions.
“That’s not a situation I’d be comfortable with,” Robinson said when asked about the infamous walkie-talkie connection to the bench. “That was one great thing about coaching in New Jersey: I didn’t have that interference.”

19 Responses to Robinson Next Rangers Coach?

  1. big_booty says:

    “Scotty Bowman got his name into the mix over the weekend, but he and Sather would have to get past years of rivalry for that marriage to work.”

    Get it right, will you? Bowman wasn’t ever interested in the job, Rangers homers only assumed that he would be because it’s the Rangers.

    As for Robinson, I don’t buy that he’s the best choice for the job. Lou Liamorello fired him for a reason. He might have won a Cup, but he had the right players, the right system, and the right support. He will have none of that in New York. As for those “traditional GM/coach boundaries,” well, he’ll be looking over his shoulder all the time in MSG if he takes the job.

    I doubt Bobby “Bling-Bling” Holik would have any influence on Robinson. I can see it now – Larry heads to Bobby’s house for a sit-down. Mrs. Holik leads Larry into the courtyard, where Bobby is taking his daily treasure bath while sucking back some Cristal and a Cohiba.

    “Come on in, coach! The money’s great!”

    The bottom line here is that Larry Robinson is a better assistant coach than he is head coach. I doubt he would succeed where Ron Low and Bryan Trottier failed. He wouldn’t be prepared for the disaster that is the Rangers locker room.

  2. mikster says:

    “The bottom line here is that Larry Robinson is a better assistant coach than he is head coach.”

    That is such crap coming out of your head. JUST because he may get the Rangers job he is only good as an Assistant Coach now. That is complete crap from you because when he got fired from the Devils everyone,including you and especially Mantaray, said that he is a very good coach.

    Every coach has his faults, every coach gets fired. Just because the Devils fired him, doesn’t mean he is just a good assistant coach. That’s total BS. The players tuned him out, that is what players do to coaches, tune them out. The Stars did it to Hitchcock, Devils did it to Robinson, Flyers did it to Barber and certain players back stabbed the guy. This is the world of coaching. Players will get you fired.

    Burns has been fired how many times? Enough times that he was MIA in like 3 or 4 years. Yet he finally did it.

    I wouldn’t want Robinson here either, i think it’s Slats responsibility and he should do this on his own now, and there are good chances that he will. However, if the Rangers get Robinson, they have the offense that he can use, and they have the defensemen to make the playoffs, especially the goalie too who put up stats that don’t lie of him being a very good starting goalie. I think he may fit in pretty well, he is not my favorite….but who is out there that’s better than Robinson?

    Easy as that, Robinson doesn’t want Sather to interfere and if numbnuts says that he wants to join in Robinson’s coaching methods, then Larry will decline. Simple as that.

    Anyway, don’t give me the bullshit of him being just a good assistant coach, because that is not what anyone ever said about him when he was with the Devils and even after he got fired.

    So, why do you now say that he is a better assistant coach? Why now? Why not before? Ahh…..come on, admit it, be honest with yourself and us. You just said it because he may turn out to coach the Rangers. That’s all. Admit it, i’d rather have you admit that then keep bullshitting your way through this one.

    “Now he is a better assistant” riiiiiight……Not before though.

  3. mikster says:

    I like the fact that he wants things done his way, and Sather should realize that he’s got to let the coach make the decisions. However, with the CBA….Slats may go do the job by himself, which is what i prefer since it is his responsibility.

    Rangers were top 10 in defense in the last 20, 15 games of the season under Sather. If Slats was able to get that done, Robinson can too. But, we don’t know how the Rangers defense looks like. Right now, the only signed players are Purinton, Malakhov who is being shopped, Kasparaitis, Pisa, and possibly Tjutin may make the squad. Poti needs to be re-signed, Leetch will most likely be re-signed with a one year deal, and I think Mironov played well enough to stay. He could be a great pair with Tjutin or Pisa.

    Dunham was definitely the best Ranger along with Nedved and Barnaby. He posts shutouts, makes big game saves.

    Then Robinson has Holik, Donato, Lundmark, LaCoutture, and Lyashenko who will fill in the defensive roles. And then, he’s got the offense as well.

    He has enough to work with, but he may be too soft of a coach, which is why i would not want him. The other plus is that Robinson does a good job producing defensemen and if Tjutin will get the spot on defense, or Lampman, then that’s a plus for them.

  4. big_booty says:

    Learn how to read. I am not saying that Robinson is “only good as an Assistant Coach.” I never once said that. What I said is that he is a better assistant than he is a head man. His history proves that.

    He won a Cup because the Devils were sick of Robbie Ftorek’s crap and he was a breath of fresh air that they rode all the way to a championship.

    The rest of his time in New Jersey, he couldn’t handle the locker room.

    It was the same when he was in Los Angeles, even with a far less talented roster. He couldn’t handle the locker room.

    That’s why I said I didn’t want him when the Flyers head coaching position was vacant.

    I am not trying to “bullshit” here. I like Robinson, he’s a good coach. He is a solid systems guy and a good strategist. But I happen to think, and have always thought, that he is better suited to being an assistant than the guy in charge. His role with the Devils this year proves that. Why would he want to change that?

    If the Devils “tuned out” Robinson, what makes you think that the Rangers would ever “tune in” in the first place?

    Wasn’t Holik part of the roster that “tuned out” Robinson? Isn’t it logical to assume that he would do it again?

    It’s only because I don’t particularly care for the Rangers as much as you do that you continually see me as only an enemy, who has nothing but bad things to say about your team. That’s it, isn’t it? Every word that comes out of my mouth is anti-Rangers, right?

    “You just said it because he may turn out to coach the Rangers.”

    Grow up. I said what I said because it’s what I believe. That’s the only thing I admit to.

  5. MantaRay says:

    I find it very doubtful that Robinson would tarnish his reputation to coach such a group of overrated, over the hill, under talented, overpaid group of country club players like the Ranger$.

    Robinson will more than likely entertain other offers and use this as leverage.

  6. DaMick says:

    wow celebrating one day…Back with the venom the next lol…

  7. MantaRay says:

    Sorry DaMick,

    Too much Stanley Cup winning hangover.

  8. mikster says:

    “Every word that comes out of my mouth is anti-Rangers, right?”

    Exactly right, you never even say anything good about a player…you agreed that Dunham is an average goaltender when simple brained Mantaray made that statement and forgot to look at his stats that completely prove his is not an average goalie.

    So yeah, that is correct.

    And, you clearly said that he is a better assistant coach. And, i don’t recall you ever saying that till now. That’s why i got upset at you. It’s like, just now you say that? Just now you believe in that?

    But, if you say that you have said that before, i’ll believe you did. So, i apologize if you did say that before, but i truely never ever remember you saying such about Robinson until now.

    Stars tuned out on Hitchcock, Flyers tuned out on Barber, what makes you think they won’t tune out on Hitch?

    I said, players tune out on coaches, even a bunch of average 2nd, 3rd, and 4th line players tune out on coaches (i.e. Isle’s and Laviolette).

    Players have tuned out on Burns, many times before and it’ll happen again to him.

    That’s how the coaching world is. It’s sick and it sucks. No matter what kind of coach you bring in, the players will tune him out.

    So, i think Robinson for a one or two year deal will be ok with the Rangers. I stll prefer Slats coaching though. Even if i think he will hire Robinson.

  9. mikster says:

    I say Robinson will be coaching the Rangers, unless he comes to disagreements with Sather. Sather wants him to coach.

    “Robinson will more than likely entertain other offers and use this as leverage.”

    That’s what you said last year with the free agents and you were completely wrong.

  10. defenestrate says:

    As in “Entertainment Tonight”. You guys are more fun to watch than me and Texcan77.

    We need to get you both on “Hardball” – or the “Last Word”.

  11. mikster says:

    We had more exciting ones when you weren’t here. This is nothing compared to the past 😀

  12. MantaRay says:

    If you check the records, you will find I was right pretty much every thing I predicted last season.

    Including a NJ visit to the finals, which you trashed last September. Enjoy your crow.

  13. defenestrate says:

    Well, don’t let me interrupt the flow. Let “Fight Club II” commence…

  14. Sands says:

    This is what I’d like to see…. First Bowman…… Not happening, yes we all know.

    Then if not I’d like to see Keenen

    If not him Robinson

    If Not Sather

    Those are the guy’s I’d like…… 1 of them of corse.

    When and if this happens…. I’d want

    Leclair for cheep…. Why not if he’ll cost you nothing….





    For D





    >Let Malakhov walk back to Russia

    >Purinton…. unless he skates all offseason… and is 10 times faster…. Throw him as far as you can (don’t agree? watch him get schooled when Heatly is paired against him)

    >Keep Pisa as a back up along with Lefebvre

    >Donato has heart… I guess keep him….

    Petrovicky can be tossed in the 3rd and 4th a few times…. maybe dump him, Lyashenko…… let’s keep these guy’s for injury problems that might just happen.

    Now tell me the team isn’t set….. O and for Goalies…. I still say if Richter can go AT ALL WHAT SO EVER keep him as a backup with Duhnam, play it 70/30 AND BLACKBURN BETTER NOT BE LIKE CUJO LIKE THEY SAID…. BECAUSE! CUJO CAN’T WIN A CUP. put blackburn down PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD! let the kid grow!

    AHHH I said what I wanted! Thank God…..

  15. mikster says:

    Hmm, you got Guerin, Holik, Kaspar, Amonte wrong. You said Cujo was actually probably going to the Rangers….but that’s because you read it from idiots like Dellapinus.

    No, that is not everything.

    Besides, you and co. trashed me when i said Holik was going to the Rangers. Saying that your source was much better.

    Hmm, guess it wasn’t eh?

  16. mikster says:

    Slats is not interested in LeClair, unless he comes in for cheap, but he’d rather sign someone in the off-season.

    I say it’s either Robinson or Slats.

    Lefebvre is no longer with us next season, WOOHOO!!!!!! McCarthy, let the guy walk away, he only shows up in the last 15 10 games.

    I say:





    You’re not getting Hatch boy who had the shittiest speech for Lehtinen in the Awards show. I say get Smehlik, and dump Malakhov. Good low key d-man.




    Pisa is a good and young NHL with a super shot ans skates well.

    As for goalies, Richter will retire bud, you’ll just have to accept it!!!! If Lundqvist comes from Sweden and plays in NA, then forget putting Blackburn in the minors. Lundqvist is a superb goalie in the making and he needs to get used to NA style.

  17. MantaRay says:

    Where do you make these things up?

    Even with your limited imagination, you come up with some gems.

    The ONLY UFA I got wrong last season was Holik and that had more to do with Holik’s duplicity than listening to rumors.

    It doesn’t really matter though because Holik was replaceable and we saved money in the end. And you obtained an overweight fourth line center at $9 million per. Enjoy your Booby prize.

  18. Freeze says:

    Now Mikster, you were the boy that cried wolf when it came to the Rangers supposedly signing Tony Amonte last summer. What a fiasco!!!

  19. NYRrule says:

    I’m tired of all you Ranger bashers claiming to know what the Rangers locker room is like. Have any of you ever been in the locker room?????? There were never any news stories of tension in the locker room. Never any articles about team mates hating each other or fighting among team members. What the hell do you all know about the Rangers locker room? Do us all a favor and stop talking about things you know nothing about.

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