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The New York Rangers Have Interest In Gerard Gallant, Does Columbus Too?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Davidson’s move to a division rival also seeking a coach in the wake of John Tortorella’s departure from the organization could have an impact on the Rangers if the Jackets go hard after Gerard Gallant, who is believed at the top of New York’s wish list following his meeting last week with the Blueshirts’ president-GM Chris Drury.

Gallant spent six years with Columbus at the turn of the century, serving as an assistant coach from 2001-02 through mid-2003-04 before he was elevated to the top job that he held for 142 games.

There would not seem to be much comparison between the open jobs behind the Rangers’ and Blue Jackets’ benches, nor between the talent on the clubs’ respective rosters. But if Gallant has an affinity for life in Columbus and is unsure about New York, then Drury might have to accelerate his timetable and attempt to reel in the coach before he can be wooed away by JD.

Davidson said his dismissal was “disappointing” but that he did not wallow in despair after the deed had been done and dove into what might be next, whether retirement, a move back to television or to another team’s executive suite. The fit in Columbus, a city of which Davidson has always spoken fondly, was too perfect to ignore.


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I watched a brief video statement Davidson gave
to the fans and he did make one comment at the end about
appreciating ownership in Columbus and how much ownership matters.

Apparently some hardcore fans were actually protesting outside the area
in 2012 before Davidson was hired. The longtime captain Rick Nash who is
now working for the organization in Columbus had finally asked to be traded
after so many seasons of ineptness from management. When you’re a smaller,
newer market without much of a profile in North America and you’ve had consistently bad lottery luck, you simply cannot sustain brutal draft decisions and poor trades.
Mash is universally seen as a good guy. But he wasn’t an ideal captain personality.

Anyway, people rightly associate JD’s arrival with the beginning of respectability and better hiring and personnel decisions. Gravitas is a good word for his presence.
He likes the city and the city likes him. And he and Jarmo seem to have mix of complementary strengths. Bill Zito was important, too, though. Clearly he had a vision for what needed to be fixed in Florida.

As for Gallant, who know what sort of environment he prefers.
The Rangers are set up better re: the rosters. Columbus isn’t a classic bad team with an old stale roster in need of a rebuild. But they’ve lost a lot of established talent through somewhat forced moves and the players they’ve gotten back have really jumbled the identity and fit of the lineup.  Whether Gallant craves the excitement and pressure of NYC or the more comfortable, easy fit of Columbus and working relationships with one management group or another are other questions. But if the Rangers really want him, they can certainly pay him much more - but maybe in cost of living that’s a little bit of a wash.

Posted by lefty.30 on 05/21/21 at 02:15 PM ET

jhpcarrier97's avatar

Gordie has had a good record where he has been.  I look at him as a strict disciplinarian , a trait I’m sure he grew up with and may not sit to well with “its all about me” generation.  I’m sure he is demanding and always in playoff mode but a well disciplined team is a successful team.  I’m sure his character gets in way of his long term contracts.  My mind goes back to his stint with Carolina or Florida where he was fired and was dumped out along the road to hitch hike.

Posted by jhpcarrier97 on 05/21/21 at 02:37 PM ET

Paul's avatar

My dark horse for the Rangers is Babcock.  Dolan type of guy.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/21/21 at 02:46 PM ET

SYF's avatar

My dark horse for the Rangers is Babcock.  Dolan type of guy.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/21/21 at 02:46 PM ET

Can’t wait for the fireworks in that town, Boss.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 05/21/21 at 07:09 PM ET

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