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  • billbarrisles <billbarrisles@yahoo.com>
    TSN.ca Staff 1/29/2003 The New York Rangers have fired head coach Bryan Trottier after a 21-26-6-1 start to the season. With Trottier out, possible
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      TSN.ca Staff

      1/29/2003

      The New York Rangers have fired head coach Bryan Trottier after
      a 21-26-6-1 start to the season.

      With Trottier out, possible replacements include Rangers assistant
      coach Jim Schoenfeld or Director of Player Personnel Tom Renney.
      Sources have told TSN that Schoenfeld is expected to take over on an
      interim basis.

      The Rangers have lost three straight, including two convincing losses
      against the lowly Atlanta Thrashers.

      After appearing to have turned a corner a week ago with a 5-0 pasting
      of the rival New York Islanders, the Rangers hit rock bottom, losing
      twice to the last place Thrashers. In between, the Rangers were
      rocked 7-2 by the Washington Capitals.

      Trottier was named to the Rangers' post on June 6, 2002. He was the
      30th head coach in the history of the franchise.

      A Hall-of-Fame player, Trottier coaching career includes stints as an
      assitant in Pittsburgh and Colorado, followed by a head coaching job
      with the Portland Pirates, the Washington Capitals minor league
      affiliate.

      In total, Trottier has seven Stanley Cup rings.

      The Rangers have struggled this season despite having the league's
      highest payroll. Injuries to key players Pavel Bure, Bobby Holik,
      Brian Leetch and Mike Richter have not helped, but Trottier took the
      fall today.

      Only Columbus and Atlanta give up more goals per game than Rangers.
      They are currently 11th in the Eastern Conference with 49 points from
      54 games.

      ``It's tough to figure it out, but we need to do something to change
      it,'' goalie Mike Dunham said after Tuesday's loss to the Thrashers.
      ``We need to regroup here.''
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