The Rangers have announced that Keith McCambridge has been relieved of his duties as head coach of the Hartford Wolf Pack.
The Rangers also declined the option on Hartford assistant coach Joe Mormina.
The Wolf Pack were 29-36-7 this season and finish last in the AHL’s Atlantic Division with 69 points.
They finished 28th overall in the AHL.
McCambridge, 45, spent the past three seasons with Hartford and the last two as head coach.
Adam Rotter: This wasn’t terribly surprising with the lack of results in Hartford the past two years. As much as the Rangers are focused on their young players working and learning from David Quinn there are only so many spots on an NHL roster and as more and more of their recent draft picks start turning pro many of them will start in Hartford and the Rangers want someone new to develop them. McCambridge had pretty good AHL experience prior to joining the Wolf Pack and must have done enough in his year as an assistant to get the job after Ken Gernander was let go. Now the Rangers will go in another direction and I wonder if former Islanders coach Jack Capuano would be an option. He’s a longtime friend of Quinn has experience as an AHL coach, NHL coach and was just recently with the Panthers. The Rangers should have no shortage of options but in any case they are going to be looking for another teacher.