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Rangers fans are still in the midst of trying to rebound after the Blueshirts were bounced in 3 games after four months of waiting for hockey again but all eyes will quickly shift to 2020-2021. The Rangers again have a chance at winning the NHL’s draft lottery for the second straight season but even if they don’t there’s going to be a lot more pressure on the Blueshirts going into next season than there was last year.
When David Quinn took over the NYR from Alain Vigneault, Quinn found himself walking into a job where there was little to no pressure for him to succeed immediately. The Blueshirts found themselves deep into a rebuild and Quinn’s primary job was tasked to develop the Rangers plethora of young talent like Filip Chytil, Tony DeAngelo, and Pavel Buchnevich to name a few.
As many New York fans know it’s very often when a new coach is hired in this city the expectations are generally sky high to win championships almost immediately. Quinn was very fortunate to be able to have a grace period with a re-build so fans would understand the team not being able to compete for a championship right away. Now with the Rangers having added Kaapo Kakko and Artemi Panarin in the same off-season along with the in season emergence of Igor Shesterkin and the Rangers having made the “playoffs” this season, the training wheels are going to be off for Quinn heading into the 2020-2021 campaign.
Whether some find it fair or unfair, the clock on Quinn’s tenure in New York will officially begin ticking with this new season. The Rangers re-build is nearly over or it’s completely over depending on who you’re talking to and with making the playoffs a year ahead of schedule, expectations will now begin to rise. If the Blueshirts fail to make the playoffs next year we could see Quinn’s seat get considerably hotter or he could even find himself dismissed if the bottom totally falls out on the Rangers next year. Making the playoffs just won’t satisfy fans and most likely the organization as a whole next year. It’s time to take yet another step forward and win a playoff series next year.
It almost seems completely unfair for a third year head coach to be feeling the pressure of these expectations but that’s the life of an NHL head coach and especially a head coach in a city like New York. Whether or not the Rangers win the Alexis Lafreniere sweepstakes won’t really impact the clubs expectations for next year. It’s now time for the Rangers and Quinn to continue growing up and continuing to get better and moving forward. If the franchise takes a step back or a considerable step back next year then David Quinn could be seeing the sand slip through the hour glass a bit faster than he expected.
Everything in life is about expectations and whether people like it or not, success changes expectations and now the young Rangers will be learning the same exact thing once 2020-2021 rolls around.
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