Gerard Gallant has agreed to replace David Quinn as head coach of the New York Rangers. You may know him from being at the helm of the Golden Knights’ crusade to the Cup Final in their first year.
Gallant’s record was 118-75-20 in three seasons with Vegas, followed by his termination in January of 2020. He now is just coming off coaching Canada’s 2021 IIHF crew to a first-place finish. Bottom line: The man knows how to coach a winning hockey team.
The youthful Rangers have proven themselves a threat with players like Artemi Panarin and Mika Zibanejad. Gallant might scramble the lines a bit, as the team recently has not produced as expected, but they have no shortage of talent. The Rangers have also found themselves a solid tandem in Alexandar Georgiev and Igor Shesterkin. In Gallant’s hands, the Rangers may just find themselves legitimate playoff contenders come next season.