Elliotte Friedman writes that the Sharks have “zeroed in” on former Rangers coach David Quinn to be their new head coach.
Quinn and Sharks GM Mike Grier have a connection through Boston University.
Quinn spent this past season coaching Team USA at the Olympics and World Championships.
Adam Rotter: I’m glad Quinn is getting another shot, though it is still surprising that it isn’t coming in Boston like many thought it would.
Quinn has a good reputation around the league and while Gerard Gallant deserves a ton of credit for being hands off and pushing the right buttons, a lot of people credit Quinn, right or wrong, with the development of Adam Fox, K’Andre Miller and Ryan Lindgren. A lot of people also look at guys like Ryan Strome that found his way under Quinn and how both Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider found consistency and hit new levels under Quinn. How much credit a coach deserves for how a guy performs is subjective, but Quinn helped lay a lot of the groundwork that saw the Rangers have success this season. Then again, Igor Shesterkin carried the Rangers this season and it was on his back that the Rangers were on the verge of the playoffs in 2020 when Covid shut things down and were somewhat in the playoff race in the last weeks of the 2021 season before half the team got hurt and he eventually got fired.