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Does David Quinn Stay Or Go?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

...unfair as this might be, it will not be about whether Quinn deserves another chance off past performance and this time with a roster that is expected to be fortified with players who have attributes he has coveted throughout his tenure. And though Quinn is as fine and compassionate an individual you would ever hope to know and the Rangers would ever have behind the bench, it is not about that either.

It simply will be about whether Drury has confidence in Quinn to be the coach who can take the team to the next level or whether the chief hockey executive believes the Rangers need a coach with more experience and a background of NHL success to take the baton and take over the team. Remember that when Quinn was hired, the Rangers were looking for a developmental coach. That train has left Penn Station.

There is a queue of experienced coaches — a couple with Stanley Cups on their coaching resumes, a couple with Cups won as a player—forming to succeed Quinn even while he is still in place. Tortorella is available for a reunion, Mike Babcock is out there looking for a way back in, Rick Tocchet will be on the market, Gerard Gallant is seeking a job and so is Bruce Boudreau.

And never forget that Drury played the first four years of his career in Colorado with Patrick Roy, currently the GM-coach of Quebec in the QMJHL and who might have a special affinity for Alexis Lafreniere.

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SYF's avatar

Babcock in the Big Apple.  Oy.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 05/09/21 at 05:32 PM ET

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Surely Drury is too sober and thinking too long-term to
bring in Roy who seems like the most likely candidate out
there to blow a fuse and overreact and be gone within two seasons
or less. That media market would not give him an easy ride either.

Posted by lefty.30 on 05/09/21 at 05:34 PM ET

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Babcock? Yeah, right. If so, I can count the days till he pulls either Kappo Kakko aside or Alexis Lafreniere and demands to know from them which of their teammates don’t work hard enough.

Posted by exor54 on 05/09/21 at 05:48 PM ET

d ca's avatar

Babcock? Yeah, right. If so, I can count the days till he pulls either Kappo Kakko aside or Alexis Lafreniere and demands to know from them which of their teammates don’t work hard enough.

Posted by exor54 on 05/09/21 at 05:48 PM ET

No, Babcock learns from his mistakes that get public attention. Instead he will pull Trouba, K’Andre Miller, Chris Kreider aside and ask them if they think they work as hard as Kakko or Lafreniere. If they say yes, he will ask if they are doing everything they can to help their teammates get better and move onto the next question until he gets them to admit they could do better in something.

Then he will do a media interview and tell the analyst that he talked with the team and they agreed they aren’t doing what he is coaching to get better and say it’s real simple guys have to work harder and give a laughing grin.

Posted by d ca on 05/09/21 at 07:45 PM ET

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Babcock? Yeah, right. If so, I can count the days till he pulls either Kappo Kakko aside or Alexis Lafreniere and demands to know from them which of their teammates don’t work hard enough.

Posted by exor54 on 05/09/21 at 05:48 PM ET

Playing the speculating game.  Vegas gotta make odds, ya know?

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 05/09/21 at 08:54 PM ET

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