The New York Rangers have had David Quinn in place for a bit of time now. The full staff is coming next week.
As the New York Rangers have found their new head coach, the question of who will be on his coaching staff has yet to be answered.
Rangers expected to announce coaching staff soon https://t.co/uhkGiyfQ9i
— SNYRangers (@SNYRangers) July 5, 2018
When Alain Vigneault was relieved of his coaching responsibilities following the team’s regular-season finale in Philadelphia assistant coach Scott Arniel and Darryl Williams were also let go by the organization. That left the team with Lindy Ruff and goaltending coach Benoit Allaire.
Allaire will be remaining with the team, which should come as no surprise as he and Henrik Lundqvist have a great relationship with one another. Henrik’s mentor/coach has been with the New York Rangers since 2004. He has been instrumental to the success not of just Lundqvist but also past goalies who have gone on to starting positions with other NHL teams such as Cam Talbot and Antti Raanta.
Lindy Ruff’s situation remains sketchy at best. Ruff was not let go when the Rangers let Arneil and Williams go in April so it is possible he would stay on with the team in a yet to be named position. He could remain as an assistant coach on the bench to help out David Quinn, but that could knock down some of the rebuilding theory the organization is so high on right now.
The Rangers may have been waiting to hire new assistant coached until several of these coached were free from their current contracts. Most of these contract expired on June 30, but with free agency beginning July 1, assistant coach positions were not high on the list of important things.
Now that several players have been signed throughout the NHL, the Blueshirts can get a better grip of who they would like standing next to Quinn at practices and during games.