No. 2 – Inside Job
There are few games that matter to the Devils than those against their rival across the Hudson, the New York Rangers. The hate for the “Strangers” is so strong, that even when the Devs host a team from the West, chants will still ring out from the rock blaring their disgust for their enemy.
In recent years, this hatred has intensified due to the lack of success against the Rangers. It seems that they tighten up every time they face them in the schedule, and not in a good way. This is where John Tortorella comes in.
While his coaching portfolio is nothing short of impressive, including his roles with the USA national team, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Columbus Blue Jackets, the biggest factor to this signing is his six-year tenure with the New York Rangers
Torts’ best point percentage in his coaching career came from behind the bench at MSG (0.583). After his time with the Tampa Bay Lightning in which he won a Stanley Cup, he returned to the team that gave him his first coaching opportunity in the NHL and ran with it.
From 2008-13, Tortorella would boast a 171-115-29 record accompanied by a Stanley Cup Finals appearance in the 2011-12 season against the L.A. Kings. All of this experience and knowledge can be brought to Newark to help dominate their disgusted rivals and assert the Devils back on top of the Rangers once more.
Far too long have Devils fans been forced to watch Chris Kreider score on their favorite team and not be able to do anything about it. It’s time to bring in a coach who not only knows how to get the most from his players, but who knows a dangerous amount of inside information about their biggest rival. It’s the perfect crime.