Rick Tocchet

The Rangers reportedly have interest in the former Coyotes head coach.

As the New York Rangers‘ new President and GM Chris Drury looks to make the right hire for the club’s new head coach, the interview list is starting to take shape.

According to insider Elliotte Friedman, one of those who will speak with the Rangers will be former Arizona Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet.

Arizona parted ways with Tocchet on May 8 after being eliminated from the playoffs for the seventh time in eight years. Tocchet had been the head coach in Arizona for four years.

The Coyotes finished the 2021 season with a 24-26-6 record that, unfortunately, included a streak of 12 losses in 15 games that cost the team its playoff chances and, ultimately, Tocchet his job.

Arizona was 125-131-34 while Tocchet was the head coach..

Tocchet played 18 NHL seasons, including a Stanley Cup championship with Pittsburgh in 1992. Behind the bench, he spent two seasons as Tampa Bay’s head coach and won two Stanley Cups as an assistant at Pittsburgh before being hired by Arizona in 2017.

Tab has written about MLB, the NHL and the NFL for more than a decade for publications including The Fourth Period, Bleacher Report and La Vida Baseball. He is the author of two books about the Chicago Blackhawks and has been credentialed for the MLB All-Star Game and postseason and multiple Stanley Cup Finals. He is the co-host of the Line Drive Radio podcast.