The New York Rangers have fired head coach David Quinn, after a season where their record was a lot worse than what the team had hoped for. The Rangers finished fifth in their division, having a 27-23-6 record which put them at 60 points. Quinn is not the first person to be either removed or left the organization after this season. GM Jeff Gorton and president John Davidson were also removed earlier in the month.
Quinn had been with the team since 2018 and had failed to make it to the playoffs during his tenure. The closest the team had come was the Stanley Cup Qualifiers in last season’s playoffs, in which his team was taken out by the Carolina Hurricanes. In a total of 208 games with the organization, he saw only 96 wins, even though his team has a considerable amount of star power.
After the lackluster performances of the New York Rangers, they will likely be looking to do a complete reorganization of their coaching staff, since they have also removed some of the people who worked under David Quinn. Quinn may have a chance of coaching another NHL team after Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella stated that he would not be returning to the organization. This also sees Tortorella be a candidate for the New York Rangers head coach position.
Other likely candidates for the New York Rangers head coaching position include Mike Babcock, Gerard Gallant, and John Stevens. As well, for a long shot hire, they could look to lure Rod Brind’Amour from the Hurricanes as his contract expires this summer. Brind’Amour would be a good signing for the organization as he has looked solid with the Hurricanes thus far, and has shown that he is fully capable of transforming a team, despite the fact he has yet to win a Stanley Cup in his coaching career.
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