6/14/21 | 8:57PM: Larry Brooks writes that Gallant was offered and accepted the job without meeting James Dolan. (NY Post)
5:09PM: Gerard Gallant will be the next coach of the Rangers, according to Larry Brooks.
He has a career record of 270-216-4-51 as head coach in Columbus, Florida and Vegas.
Gallant has coached in 33 playoff games (6 in Florida, 33 with Vegas), has an 18-15 record and took Vegas to the Stanley Cup Final in their first season of existence.
He won the 2017-18 Jack Adams Award with Vegas and was runner up in 2015-16 with Florida.
Gallant recently coached Team Canada at the World Championships to a Gold Medal.
As a player Gallant played 11 years and 615 regular season and 58 playoff games. 563 and all of his playoff games came with Detroit between 1984-85 and 1992-93. In the regular season, he had 211 career goals and 269 career assists and 18 goals and 21 assists in the playoffs.
Darren Pang said on the NHL Network on Monday “Gerard Gallant is a different coach than David Quinn, they are different people, different in the way they approach the game and different when they look at you too. I’m looking at Gerard Gallant as a hockey person, old school hockey guy, all his best friends, all the guys you lean on, are guys he played with or guys that he played against in that era. He was a tough, rugged player, I played against him, I know him extremely well, I love the way he coaches, I’m shocked and surprised that franchises have dismissed him like they have. He just thinks hockey, that is what he does. You can throw numbers at him, some things, but at the end of the day he’s got a feel for a heart, a pulse, what you want to do, what kind of player you want, what kind of player you are, do you look into the eyes of the opposition and stare right through him or do you look away. He feels all those things, sees all those things, I think he is an excellent choice for the Rangers.”
Ken Daneyko said on the NHL Network “he’s an emotional guy, he’s an energetic guy and that is probably a good fit to get the most out of the Rangers roster that has a ton of talent and he’s a guy that you wanna run through a brick wall for as a player and in today’s game I think that is an important element, for sure. You hear players talk about him and say that they love playing for Gerard Gallant. The Rangers could use a little bit of a spark and for me, from the outside looking in, Gerard Gallant is that type of coach, a guy you want to play with emotion, play with energy and urgency.”
Adam Rotter: Since David Quinn was fired, and maybe even a little before, Gallant seemed like the front runner and most likely choice to be the next coach of the Rangers. He doesn’t have the Stanley Cup victory on his resume, like many of the other choices, but getting Vegas to the Stanley Cup Final as an expansion team and taking a young Florida group to the playoffs are what drove this decision. James Dolan decided that the rebuild was over and Gallant has experience getting the most out of his players and, initially, bringing his teams success.
He was fired in the third season of all his previous stops, which seems like it might be more of a coincidence and with unique circumstances causing it in each spot. Columbus couldn’t seem to get out of their own way until JD came there, Florida pivoted to an analytics based approach and got rid of Dale Tallon, before pivoting and bringing Tallon back a year or so later and Vegas has an impatient owner who wanted a change. They don’t seem like situations where Gallant “lost the locker room” or had players turn against him, more that owners wanted change, for one reason or another, and got it.
He will be the third coach associated with this rebuild after Alain Vigneault was fired at the very start and David Quinn was hired to develop the young Rangers. Quinn was ultimately swept up in the aftermath of John Davidson and Jeff Gorton being fired and now Gerard Gallant will be tasked with bringing the Rangers not just back to the playoffs, but back to being contenders. He inherits a great situation and a roster that was the youngest team in the league for most of the season, a Hart Trophy nominee last year, a Norris Trophy nominee this year, one of the best centers in the league with Mika Zibanejad and more prospects on the way. It will be on him to continue the development of the young players and define the roles that Chris Drury wants his players to have.
This is Chris Drury’s first big move as President and GM of the Rangers and based upon the available candidates it seems like the right one.