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The Next Coach For The New York Rangers Is Gerard Gallant

from Michael Blinn of the New York Post,

Time to meet the new boss.

The Rangers have agreed to hire Gerard Gallant as their next head coach, The Post’s Larry Brooks first reported on Monday.

Gallant, 57, most recently coached the Vegas Golden Knights from 2017-2020 after stints behind the Florida Panthers’ and Columbus Blue Jackets’ benches. He was considered the front-runner in the Rangers’ search, and holds a 270-216-4-51 career record over parts of nine NHL seasons.

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SYF's avatar

Well, if Yzerman wanted him badly enough, he would have already hired him.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 06/14/21 at 05:38 PM ET

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Gallant seems to be considered more of a “win now” coach, which would fit what the owner is demanding.

Makes sense as a hard-driving, but we’ll-liked coach
who doesn’t seem to mind a little bit more physical play.

It’ll be curious to see how Gallant does and for how long with that
owner and in that media market, and given his successful but relatively
short stints in his past two stops.

Doesn’t make a ton of sense in Detroit given where the team is.
Maybe in a couple to a few years, depending on how things go in NY.
And you never know how SY sees Gallant’s strengths and weaknesses
and what sort of scenario he thinks Gallant would do best in.

Posted by lefty.30 on 06/14/21 at 06:39 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Well, if Yzerman wanted him badly enough, he would have already hired him.

Posted by SYF

I can’t figure this one out. Does Yzerman have a problem with Gallant for some reason? Or does he have some insight into Blashill’s abilities that we haven’t seen in the past six years?

Based on the praise Stetcher had for Gallant after the World’s, he sure seemed like the right fit for the Wings both now and in the future.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 06/14/21 at 06:42 PM ET

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Gallant might not want a rebuild.

The Wings might not want to make a longer-term commitment
and to pay a lot more given where the team is.

It sure seems like SY has had a very cooperative and engaged
management of what Blashill is doing. Gallant might bristle at that and it might even be more complicated by the guys being old friends.

Given the Wings needs a couple more draft picks as high as possible maybe they want to be competitive but without the bigger short term bump a new win-now coach might give them. High picks and a bit of lottery luck in the next two drsfts could make a huge difference longer-term.

Columbus interviewed Gallant twice and apparently he had some real interest (other than just giving him more leverage re: the Rangers lol). But the Jackets somewhat similarly wanted to stick with an internal option who was a known quantity and who would be both much more affordable and more suited to a team needing to start over in terms of a lot of turnover in player personnel

Posted by lefty.30 on 06/14/21 at 07:14 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

Gallant might not want a rebuild.

Probably not. smile

Posted by bigfrog on 06/14/21 at 07:25 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

It sure seems like SY has had a very cooperative and engaged management of what Blashill is doing. Gallant might bristle at that and it might even be more complicated by the guys being old friends.

Posted by lefty.30 on 06/14/21 at 07:14 PM ET

I’d say that’s probably the most likely explanation. So if things go really well, it’ll be mostly due to Yzerman – and the same if things don’t go so well. He’s an incredibly competitive guy so he probably likes that.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 06/14/21 at 07:37 PM ET

SYF's avatar

I don’t know neither, OTC.  I do, however, want Blash to stop being a developmental head coach and start being an NHL coach, TBH.  He’s been here seven years and five years as a rebuilding coach and honestly, I can’t think of anyone else out there (maybe former GRG head coach Todd Nelson?) who wants to take on the task of building a brand new team from the ground up.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 06/14/21 at 07:44 PM ET

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I’d imagine it was the same mindset for Trotz a few years ago. He just won a Cup, I doubt he’d want to go backwards, especially after all his time with Nashville. But in this case, Trotz more than paid his dues.

Posted by ilovehomers on 06/14/21 at 07:53 PM ET

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Not going backwards meaning dropping down a blackhole of rebuilding the worst team in the league. Lol

Posted by ilovehomers on 06/14/21 at 07:54 PM ET

damndog revenge   From the bowels of Detroit's avatar

Blashill has won at every level.  hmmm

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 06/14/21 at 09:36 PM ET

jhpcarrier97's avatar

The Wings cannot afford Gallant, he is too good and too expensive for this team.  So we stick with the American league Coach until we get an NHL team. 5 more years.  Frankly, with the younger Illitch and his history with the Tigers, I am willing to bet he treats the Wings like the Tigers.  Developing players as a farm team, its the only way he can make money, screw the fans He certainly is not going to get any money out of that joke of a Governor Whitnit.

Posted by jhpcarrier97 on 06/15/21 at 12:58 AM ET

MurrayChadwick's avatar

Gallant is not Barry Trotz, he doesn’t last more than 2-1/2 seasons at any stop, we’re not 2-1/2 seasons away from cup contention, so why hire a guy (presumably an old friend) you will likely later have to fire? 


So be it, Yzerman is our GM, I trust Yzerman, Yzerman stuck with Blashill.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerHolland2.0's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 06/15/21 at 01:17 PM ET

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