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What the Rangers are getting with Gerard Gallant (Updates)

New Rangers head coach Gerard Gallant has been an NHL head coach with Columbus, Florida, and Vegas and was the 2017-18 Jack Adams Award winner.

In describing his time as a head coach in Florida Gallant told The Athletic “I think when people look at my record they’d say, ‘You know what? He did a pretty good job.” (The Athletic)

He said that one of the biggest changes that came from his time as head coach in Columbus to his time as head coach in Florida was “confidence” and trusting the decisions he was making. (The Athletic)

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Gerard Gallant will be the next coach of the Rangers

6/14/21 | 8:57PM: Larry Brooks writes that Gallant was offered and accepted the job without meeting James Dolan. (NY Post)

5:17PM: Pierre LeBrun tweets that it is a four-year deal for Gallant.

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.

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Gerard Gallant has also interviewed twice with the Rangers

6/7/21 | Elliotte Friedman said on 31 Thoughts, “I think there has been a little bit of disrespect toward Gerard Gallant, what he did in Vegas, I think it has been discounted a little bit and I don’t think it’s fair. Gerard Gallant is not a guy who is an x’s and o’s master, but he gets people to play and he puts people around himself who can handle that stuff, but he convinces people that can play, he empowers them…..right now the most important thing you do as a coach is empower your players and if anybody has forgotten how well Gerard Gallant can empower his players, they were just reminded of it.”

Friedman adds, “It’s obvious that he has a great chance at the Ranger job. I think he’s interviewed in Columbus, but I’m just not sure if Columbus is going to want, at this point in time, to go financially where Gallant could potentially go. I just don’t know if that is the right time for Columbus to do that. Seattle is an interesting one, they talked to him, but it was a while ago.”

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The Rangers have permission to speak with Gerard Gallant (Updates)

5/19/21 | 11:40 AM: Pierre LeBrun said on his podcast that “Gallant’s interview with the Rangers left a really positive impression on the Rangers and Chris Drury, so we will see if that ultimately means he gets a call back after the World Championships.” (The Athletic)

5/14/21 | 5:44 PM: Pierre LeBrun said that Gallant’s interview with the Rangers today “went well.”

The Rangers are expected to interview 3-4 more candidates. (LeBrun)

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The early thoughts on the Rangers coaching search

5/14/21 | 10:40 AM: Elliotte Friedman said on the 30 Thoughts Podcast, “I think what Chris Drury is going to do is they are doing their research on candidates. They have made it clear that they are looking for someone with experience and some of these guys they know, if you look at the list of potential options there are some people there that you can look up and down and say that the Rangers know this guy, that guy, they know this guy, they don’t know that particular guy. One of the people I don’t think they know very well that they are doing a lot of research on is Gallant and I do think that they are potentially interested in Gallant, but they are doing their research on him. They know Hartley, Chris Drury certainly does, he was his first NHL head coach, they know Tortorella, I don’t think he’s the favorite, one of the reasons why I think Tortorella’s name got out there is because the word is that James Dolan really likes Tortorella. I think Drury is going to have a big say in this particular hire, obviously.”