6:48 PM: Brooks writes that Murphy will run the defense and replace Jacques Martin. Kelly will be the “eye-in-the-sky” for two periods and then join the bench for the third, replacing Greg Brown. The next assistant hired will replace David Oliver’s responsibilities by managing the forwards and PP. (NY Post)
3:31 PM: Larry Brooks tweets that the Rangers have hired Gord Murphy and Mike Kelly as assistant coaches to Gerard Gallant.
Murphy has been with the Rangers organization for the past two seasons as an assistant to Kris Knoblauch in Hartford.
He joined the Rangers during their three game series with Carolina, after Lindy Ruff was hired by NJ, and while David Quinn and his coaching staff were out with Covid.
Murphy was also an assistant with Gallant when Gallant coached in Columbus.
Kelley has been with Gallant as an assistant dating back to when Gallant coached Saint John in the QMJHL. He was an assistant to Gallant in Florida, Vegas and with Team Canada at the World Championships.
Brooks adds that the Rangers are also seeking out a third assistant coach. (Brooks)
Benoit Allaire remains as goalie coach.
Adam Rotter: Neither of these choices are surprising. Kelly has been Gallant’s right-hand man for years and Murphy has the Gallant connection from Columbus, but he also knows the players and knows Drury.