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Gerard Gallant Hired As Head Coach of the New York Rangers

Per multiple reports, Gerard Gallant will be announced as the next head coach of the New York Rangers hockey club.

According to multiple reports on Monday, Gerard Gallant was going to be announced as the next head coach of the New York Rangers hockey club. By Wednesday, the New York Rangers organization had made the hire official. President and General Manager Chris Drury said in a statement, “I would like to welcome Gerard to the New York Rangers, said James Dolan, Executive Chairman, Madison Square Garden Sports Corp. “Gerard’s proven track record has made him one of the league’s most sought-after coaches, and we are fortunate to have him as part of the team. I have no doubt that he will play a critical role in helping us take the next steps to building a championship-caliber team.”

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Gallant was in the hunt for a couple of coaching jobs, but was always considered a frontrunner for the Rangers job. After a season which didn’t go as the club would have liked, there was major turnover in executive positions and Gallant will replace David Quinn who was relieved of his coaching duties in early May.

Reports are that it’s a four-year deal for Gallant, who recently led Team Canada to a gold medal at the 2021 IIHF World Championship earlier this month. Greg Wyshynski of ESPN writes, “Gallant is such a smart move for the Rangers. Perfect guy for where that team is, in its maturation as a contender.” This is a sentiment being echoed by a lot of hockey insiders and media personalities in the aftermath of the news.

Gallant has previously coached the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Florida Panthers and – most recently – the Vegas Golden Knights. It was with Vegas where Gallant won the Jack Adams Trophy as coach of the year in 2018. He led an expansion team to a 51-24-7 record and a Stanley Cup Final appearance. He was surprisingly fired not long after.

Rangers Starting Over

The Rangers fired John Davidson, Jeff Gorton., David Quinn, along with assistants David Oliver, Jacques Martin and Greg Brown. The new general manager Chris Drury was put in charge of his first major act as GM is to hire a very valued and respected coach.

This is strong step in a new direction for this Rangers’ club and we’ll see what other changes Gallant and Drury make over the course of an interesting offseason.

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