Sullivan is the new assistant


As expected (sorry for the delay, we had technical problems apparently).


            New York, July 16, 2009 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has named Mike Sullivan assistant coach.
            Sullivan, 41, begins his first season as an assistant coach with the Rangers after spending the last two seasons as an assistant coach with the Tampa Bay Lightning.  He served as an assistant coach under John Tortorella with Tampa Bay during the 2007-08 season.  Prior to joining the Lightning, Sullivan served as head coach for the U.S. Men’s team at the 2007 World Championships in Russia.  He also served as assistant coach for the U.S. Men’s Olympic Team at the 2006 Olympic Games in Torino, Italy.
            Sullivan began his coaching career in 2002 as head coach of the Providence Bruins in the American Hockey League (AHL).  He led Providence to a 41-17-9-4 record and first place in the AHL’s North Division through the team’s first 71 games, before being named assistant coach of their parent NHL club, the Boston Bruins.  The following season, Sullivan was named head coach of the Bruins (NHL), and led the team to a 41-19-15-7 mark and the Northeast Division title.  In two seasons as Boston’s head coach, he posted a 70-56-15-23 record in 164 regular season games.
            Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Sullivan skated in 709 career NHL games in 11 seasons with the San Jose Sharks, Calgary Flames, Boston Bruins, and Phoenix Coyotes, registering 54 goals and 82 assists for 136 points, along with 203 penalty minutes.  The Marshfield, Massachusetts native was originally selected by the Rangers in the fourth round, 69th overall, in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft.  He began his NHL career with San Jose in 1991 after spending one season with the San Diego Gulls of the International Hockey League.  Prior to turning pro, Sullivan attended Boston University, where he skated in 141 career college games and registered 61 goals and 138 points over four seasons.


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  1. HockeymanRangers on

    Carp if you didn’t drink your lunch maybe it would work the way it’s suppose too. Just kidding of coarse, Carpy. My friend, I think???

  2. HockeymanRangers on

    Hopefully the boys will respond to Sullivan like they do Torts. There is a fine line between knowing when enough is enough.

  3. eric i would def. be interested….and, carp, would you say this guy Sullivan is going to be good for us? or is he not really going to make a difference? (as i would assume most assistant coaches dont) what are your thoughts? i hope to God it’s better than (cant be worse!!) than what Renney had in Pearn and Pelino…..

  4. Cindy Crosby on

    I am looking to move my seats up to the 400’s. Would anyone be interested in 2 seats for half the season?

  5. Cindy Crosby on

    Tony, was just thinking the same thing. It is going to be a a much different team that we will be watching this year and I am pretty pumped about that

  6. i listed 15 games on stubhub but wuld ratehr sell them to you guys the real fans.

    oct 11th vs ana
    oct 14th vs kings
    oct 26th vs coyotes
    nov 1st vs boston 1:00 game
    nov 12th vs atlanta
    nov 23rd vs columbus
    dec 6th vs detroit
    dec 14th vs atlanta
    dec 23rd vs florida

    these are games until new year i listed on stubhub.
    let me know and if you are serious we need to work something out so i know there is no backing out

  7. More importantly, now you can click on my name and go right to Paws and Claws! Wheee…..It’s so nice being the last on the planet to learn anything.
    I now return you to your scheduled blog chatting…

  8. Orr you could make Modells better by insisting that your store give a durn about hockey… I can;t stand it… no hockey stuff and if there is something its Islanders (I guess thats to be expected when one lives on LI though)

  9. Carp,
    I’ve been traveling for work the last 3 days and found out yesterday about the Kopedo deal, what do you think about it?

    Did I miss a blog?

  10. ORR

    if you keep following that principle, not excepting jobs from places or people that don’t give a damn aboot hockey… it could turn out to be a very long “not in a good way” and lonely life for you! lol


    yeah, you finally figured it out!! Awesome! Click on my name and welcome yourself into the world of endless possibilities! :P

  11. Mike D (#96) on

    I’d invite McLaren to camp but nothing more unless he really is much-improved. Babchuk sounds intriguing and I still like the veteran presence of Shanny…

  12. Moderators, I was insulted three times simply for being the best and posting FIRST..Jealous imbecilles, Now I wont tell you Tanguay to Florida and Patrick Sharp is a Ranger..Yep!!

  13. Seth

    I heard about the Tanguy thing but not about Sharp..

    I think “first” is pretty funny, btw

  14. and Perry Pearn is in Mtl with the smurfs

    Gomez, Gionta, Camalleri

    the Hab-nots will need a “little” bit o’ luck this year.

  15. YouveGotGold on

    Eric: I’ve been waiting on your email for the three games you offered me yesterday:
    Anaheim, Boston, & Detroit – $360

    If you’re looking to unload the Sharks game, that’d be great. My buddy and I took the trip to San Jose last year and I’d love to see it at the Garden this year.

  16. McLaren can kinda fight and keeps the front of the net clear. those hip checks bring back some memories of hockeys past. i dunno the rangers do need a player like that. its hard to say cause he was in and out of the lineup and then sent to the minors.

  17. So, does an assistant coach make sure the head coach doesn’t throw a water bottle at fans?

  18. Zipay made a reference to Sharp saying he thinks the Rangers could get him cheap due to their cap problems.

    no naturally everyone who reads that assumes the Rangers are interested in Sharp…

  19. UESBlueshirt on

    “So, does an assistant coach make sure the head coach doesn’t throw a water bottle at fans?”

    Nah, the assistant makes sure there is a water bottle in reaching distance.


    Anyone notice Dawes was picked up on waivers by Calgary? Or am I late on this?

  21. UES, thanks for clarifying- Sullivan must know the type of bottle, where to keep it handy etc…all of those things that you can’t work on in the middle of a season…

  22. UESBlueshirt on

    Torts got suspended for a water bottle but what happened with Craig MacT when he ripped out the tongue of the Flames mascot?

  23. NYRanger4Life on

    The Kyle Mclaren of 6 yrs ago is exactly the type of player we need….the Kyle Mclaren of present is exactly the type of signings that make me loathe Sather.

  24. roc
    July 16th, 2009 at 5:28 pm
    Eklund was doing so good!! LOL!!

    haha I think I’ve seen 2 correct rumors this month.

  25. Why is there another Eric on here selling tickets, I just returned to see this imposter posing as me, I can only hope nobody believed that schmuck.

  26. all these imposters are gonna ruin this blog! They will force Carp to create site login, which will ruin the experience for the rest of us who sometimes post as others, and as others i mean (Chris Drury, Josh Thomson) and our new member, super lawyer Seth Katz!!

    Imposters, GO AWAY!!

  27. CCCP, What I think the imposter wants is for you to get on this site and tell everyone that Dubinsky is gorgeous, that you wish he were yours all to yourself, and just maybe if you complied, he/she would go away. Its all on you now, Commie.

  28. hey
    dont know who posted under eric at 539 but its the only eric on the blog all the time. the one who gto married 2 weeks a go.

    anyway seats are section 330 for all who asked.

    you gold

    will send u an email tonight

  29. TrueGreen

    Well, the thing is… nobody posts as me but me!! as i said before i find this kind of insulting!! lol

    I just don’t know what way to take that there is no CCCP imposter!! is it out of respect or am i not that interesting? lol

  30. well, i guess i called for it… thank you CCCP (imposter) for making my day! You make me very proud! lol

    now, go back to your reall name lol

  31. ZzZz 13 ZzZz Arbitration saga continues and is getting uglier and uglier!!!... says Greg L. on

    Yo Mouth!!!!! HEY BUDDY …I love your show , great stuff and yer really getting a following. One thing though.

    You have to stop that worrying about Gabby!! Even a healthy Gomez can’t produce like a injured Gaborik can. Don’t worry man , you have a few people that believe in you and if you start on about a injury prone Gaborik , your gonna :

    Panik everyone
    Jinx him
    Jinx us
    not good promotion.

    Gabby’s doctors have delt with the problem and scoring 12 goals in the last 10 games after coming back…says it all!!
    GOMEZ COULDN”T SCORE 12 goals in 75 games!! So no offense just letting ya know …don’t worry be happy :)

  32. ZzZz 13 ZzZz Arbitration saga continues and is getting uglier and uglier!!!... says Greg L. on

    CCCP , no one will copy you cuz if ya stared ’em down they would cry.

  33. ZzZz 13 ZzZz Arbitration saga continues and is getting uglier and uglier!!!... says Greg L. on

    plus that imposter didnt have bold lettering in the name like you. Easy to spot but it did get me.

  34. The Rangers have been good with the news this off season something new almost every day since July 1!!

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