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The Rangers are going to have to adapt to new coach Alain Vigneault.
It's a completely different style than John Tortorella's. Tortorella wanted to collapse in the defensive zone, block shots and not take any risks.
This was a successful strategy for some time, but the offensive struggles were noticeable.
Under Vigneault, the Rangers will be more wide-open. The defense will join the rush more, there will be more freedom to create in the offensive zone and less impetus to sacrifice the body.
Vigneault was successful in Vancouver, coming within one game of winning a Stanley Cup. But the Rangers have been so successful in recent years, in large part, because of the defensive style. Will the overall team-play suffer because of the new style?
Further, will the Rangers players struggle to pick up the new system? Will the cohesion period take too long? Teams sometimes take a little while to figure out how to play under a new coach. By the time they do, it might be too late.
And finally, is the Rangers roster suited to play a more up-tempo style? The roster has been built with John Tortorella's vision in mind, and there wasn't that much change between last year and this year. Is this the wrong roster for Vigneault?
Time will tell, but these are things worth keeping in the back of your mind.