The New York Rangers coaching search appears to be over as they have found the man they want behind the bench.
The New York Rangers are the only team in the NHL without a head coach, but that looks to have changed, as multiple reports indicate that they have hired David Quinn to be their new boss bench.
If your just logging on…Boston University Head Hockey Coach David Quinn has informed his athletic director, Drew Marrochello , he is taking the @NYRangers head-coaching position. Source says 5 years, 12 million. pic.twitter.com/rCJ5vafqCL
— Bucci Mane (@Buccigross) May 19, 2018
The Rangers have yet to confirm the news of the Quinn hiring, as general manager Jeff Gorton is still in Denmark watching the IIHF World Championships. Gorton is expected back in the States on Monday and might be able to bring some clarity to the situation.
Quinn has reportedly informed Boston University officials that he will be leaving the school to take the head coaching gig with the Rangers. In five seasons with BU, he had a 105-67-21 record behind the bench. He led them to three NCAA regional finals, including being the runner-up for the national title in 2015.
His deal with the Rangers is expected to be a five-year contract at $12 million. It’s a deal that is similar to the one they gave to the man Quinn will be replacing, Alain Vigneault. The only difference is the money.
It only makes sense to give Quinn a five-year deal. The length of the contract allows for him to really develop some of the young players, and his coaching style on this current Rangers roster.
Following Vigneault’s firing, both Gorton and owner James Dolan both stated the next coach of the Rangers had to be someone who was willing to develop young players. That is the reputation that Quinn brings with him out of the NCAA. He was recently named the coach of the 2019 US National Juniors Team and has developed some really good young players.
Quinn will inherit a team full of relatively young veterans, namely Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad. He will also be given the task of getting the most he can out of young players in Lias Andersson, Pavel Buchnevich, Filip Chytil, Tony DeAngelo, and Neal Pionk.
The hiring of Quinn makes him the second coach (the other being Jim Montgomery) from the NCAA this season to make the jump from the college level to the NHL.