According to those who have knowledge of the agreement, Gerard Gallant has agreed to become the Rangers’ new head coach in principle. The Rangers haven’t announced hiring because Galant hasn’t signed the deal yet.
Galant, 57, will replace David Quinn, who was fired after the season, a few days after team president John Davidson and general manager Jeff Gorton were shockedly fired shortly before the end of the season.
Galan, who has just finished coaching Canada to win a stunning gold medal at the World Championships in Riga, Latvia (the Canadians won the gold medal after losing the first three games in the tournament), is Vegas Golden. Most famous for coaching Knights Stanley, the 2017-18 first season cup final. Immediately after Quinn was fired, he reportedly interviewed Rangers’new GM Chris Drally twice, a leading candidate for the Rangers job.
The New York Post’s Larry Brooks first reported that Galan had been hired. Athletic Pierre LeBlanc reported that Galan is believed to have agreed to a four-year contract.
Galan, who coached Columbus Blue Jackets and Florida Panthers before coaching Las Vegas, is on the top of Columbus’ wishlist after the season when he fired former Rangers coach John Tortorella and rehired Davidson as hockey president. The operation of last month was thought to be. But last week, Columbus promoted Brad Larsen’s assistant instead of Tortorella.
Gallant has been fired in the third season of his tenure in each of his three coaching jobs so far, but has a career record of 270-216-55 in 541 NHL games. At his last stop, Vegas, he played 118-75-20 in 213 games.
The Rangers, who played 27-23-6 in 2020-21, missed the playoffs for four consecutive seasons. However, they seem to be at the very end of the reconstruction phase, which they famously announced in a letter to fans in February 2018. Former Boston University coach Quinn has coached the last three seasons and led the Blue Shirt to 96-. 87-25 records of his time behind the bench.
During his tenure, Quinn oversaw the referrals of young players such as Adam Fox, Alexis La Frenière, Kaapo Kakko, Ryan Lindgren, Philip Chichill and Candre Miller to the NHL. He also helped move Mika Jibanejad in the center from the top six to an elite player.
But after Madison Square Garden, Rangers, and Knicks owner James Doran unexpectedly fired Davidson and Gorton in the remaining three games of the regular season, the owners are ready for the team to finish the rebuilding right now. It became clear that there was. Galant is expected to oversee the next phase of the Stanley Cup candidate team.
Galant (9 seasons in Detroit), who played 11 seasons in the NHL, scored 211 goals and 480 points, scoring a 1,674 penalty in 615 career NHL games. He is expected to organize the Rangers into a tougher team than in the last few years.
In each of his last three full-season coaching, his team played off. In 2015-16, he led the Florida Panthers to a 103-point season. This is the first achievement in the Atlantic Division. However, they lost to Islanders in six games in the first round of the playoffs, and he was fired after 22 games in the following season. In his first season in Vegas, the Golden Knights finished first in the Pacific Division (109 points), advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals and lost to Washington Capitals. However, in 2018-19 Vegas finished third in the Pacific, lost to San Jose Sharks in the first round of the playoffs, and Galan was fired 49 games later the following season.
Gerard Gallant will be appointed head coach of the Rangers, sources say
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