Anaheim Ducks Require a Change in Team Culture and Identity

Anaheim Ducks head coach Dallas Eakins Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
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Firstly, the Brooklyn Nets brought in a highly touted “new” manager in Sean Marks to construct an organization that would be a destination for free agents. As a young assistant manager with the highly successful San Antonio Spurs, it was hoped that he would bring youthful energy and a winning pedigree from his previous organization.

Already highly regarded for his work around the league, it was hoped that his fresh ideas would revitalize a franchise that had traded away half a decade of future first-round picks and was saddled with a monstrous salary cap and an aging underperforming roster. Since that time, Marks has turned the ugly stepchild of the NBA into a destination team and is still with the organization today as they trend forward.

The New York Rangers stayed with the General Manager they had brought into the team in 2015, yet who commenced a clear rebuild in 2018. From here they sought out a highly touted development coach in David Quinn, who, like him or not today, was an out-of-the-box, yet heralded hire at the time, for his work in the AHL and college hockey. Following on, they then brought in beloved former Ranger netminder (and broadcaster) to become the team president in 2019. Not long after the rebuild commenced in earnest.

"“David brings a diverse and successful coaching resume that includes extensive work in developing young talent. I am confident he is an excellent fit for our team, and know he will work tirelessly with Glen, Jeff and our entire organization to execute our plan to build the next Rangers Stanley Cup contending team.” – James Dolan"

There are some slight differences between the two teams in that the Nets brought in entirely new faces within the management team to inject fresh ideas into their organization, whereas the Rangers have played the middle somewhat, sticking with a known management group, even though they were relatively new to their roles within the team.