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Rangers hope to quickly take over Peter Laviolette’s system


A common theme across Peter Laviolette’s five previous NHL coaching stops has been players’ quick buy-in to his sermons and his system that results in immediate success.

The 2001-02 Islanders won nine of their first 11 games and improved by 44 points from the previous season.

The 2005-06 Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup in Laviolette’s first full season behind their bench, and the 2009-10 Flyers reached the final in his first year in Philadelphia.

The Predators and Capitals also scored at least 100 points in his first full seasons with those organizations.

After several weeks of training camp and six preseason games, the Rangers will attempt to do the same under Laviolette’s direction starting with the season opener Thursday night in Buffalo.

“With a new coaching team, everything is a little different. I think we’re just feeling it right now, but I think we’re going to be a team that’s well conditioned, works hard and plays well defensively,” veteran center Vincent Trochek said Tuesday. “It took a while during camp. but personally, I feel more and more comfortable throughout the camp. And at this point, we all hope to understand what we are here to do.

Peter Laviolette shouts instructions from the best during the Rangers’ preseason loss to the Devils.
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“It takes time anytime you have a new system, but it’s the National Hockey League, so hopefully we’ll get there pretty quickly.”

Laviolette’s 752 career victories rank eighth in NHL history, 30 behind Islanders coaching legend Al Arbor.

“Every day in practice, I think the guys worked incredibly hard. I told them about that,” Laviolette said. “There is some thinking that comes into play at the beginning. Whereas once the guys understand everything, they think less, they play faster and faster and are more confident.

“I started seeing that in the last two (preseason) games. … There’s a lot of things that they started to figure out just to do things faster.

Alexis Lafrenière trained in full after missing Saturday’s session with an upper-body injury and after skating Monday in a non-contact red jersey.

He skated on the right side on a line with Artemi Panarin and Filip Chytil, and Laviolette called it “a step toward being there on opening night” against the Sabres.

Laviolette added that all 22 players on the roster should be available for the team’s first game, saying “nothing was brought to my attention during practice, so I think everything’s good.”


New York Post

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