51027Re: [hockhist] Re: Dusting off an old Rangers topic
- Feb 3, 2007Matt,
I doubt if Francis hired people hoping that they wouldn't be as successful
as he was because he loved the Rangers and was very competitive. He wouldn't
have been jealous if they won under another coach. Still, his choices never
did work out. Eskenazi seems to imply that Francis didn't want to leave as
coach yet the job, with the GM responsibilities, was too much for one person.
Maybe NY should've gotten a GM instead of a new coach.
In a message dated 2/2/2007 4:27:59 PM Eastern Standard Time,
I forget if I mentioned this in my previous reports of my Gerry
Eskenazi interview, but Eskenazi told me that Emile Francis had a
penchant for hiring coaches who had the potential of either failing
short of his expectations or the players' expectations-short of his
thus justify Francis' return to the coaching box.
The Popein firing is, in my mind, corroboration of what Eskenazi told
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