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Maloney, Renney Discuss Rangers 'Blueprint' at Fan Forums

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


Rangers fans recently had the opportunity to do what comes naturally to them this time every year ... head to The Garden. Unfortunately there was no hockey action to enjoy on the ice on these two evenings, but the crowd didn't exit the building disappointed either.

The Blueshirts hosted two Fan Forums on November 15 and 16 in a very creative stage setting behind Gate 54 in the arena, hosted by MSG Network's Sam Rosen and John Davidson, and featuring Rangers Assistant General Manager/VP of Player Personnel Don Maloney and Head Coach and Vice President of Player Development Tom Renney.

These Forums were taped by MSG Network and will be aired sometime in the coming weeks. Please be sure to visit newyorkrangers.com for details as they become available.

Long understood as some of the most loyal educated fans in the game, the attending fans did not disappoint, bringing such thoughtful topics as: preparation for last year's trade deadline, the new philosophy of the organization and a detailed look at some of the top Rangers prospects in the system.

Emphasizing the shift in organizational philosophy when building a team, Maloney referred to the history books, taking a long look at the past 10 Stanley Cup champions and what ingredients they had as a team. "Again, the number one thing was home-grown players; you have got to have your own players. You need great goaltending, you need great coaching, and speed, team speed, in the game today to be successful."

Tom Renney, who assumed head coaching duties on February 25 last year, has embraced this shift in philosophy and looks forward to growing with this group of new faces and veteran experience.

"I anticipate a team that some nights will get exposed because of the youthfulness, but at the same time, will clearly feed off the energy, the enthusiasm, the ability to be coached and pay attention and execute a game plan," said Renney. "The game plan will identify with pressure without the puck - we want it back quickly. We want to be physical doing it, we want a quick transition game with good speed, but also a sound defensive team. I don't think a team can have success without a measure of experience and guys who can help the young people."

To do that, Renney will rely on some of the fresh faces who were either drafted in recent years or acquired through some of the club's recent trades. The prospect cupboard is becoming jam-packed with such names as Jozef Balej, Fedor Tyutin, Maxim Kondratiev, Hugh Jessiman, Al Montoya, Lauri Korpikoski, Jake Taylor, Greg Moore, Nate Guenin, Jarkko Immonen - the list goes on.

"We're fortunate," added Renney. "We've had some real good drafts and I think this past draft is probably the best the Rangers have seen in a long, long time. I know Donnie (Maloney) did an excellent job with the number of picks we had early and will certainly translate, hoping into what we want in the long run."
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