2023 New York Rangers Coaching Search

The latest on what may be going on with the Rangers

6/8/23 | 7:42 PM: Larry Brooks writes that Chris Drury is at the scouting combine in Buffalo right now and that the delay in naming a new coach is not related to trying to wait for Joel Quenneville. (NY Post)

12:10 PM: On The Jeff Marek Show, Elliotte Friedman was asked about the Rangers coaching search and said “you know…all I can tell you is that there seems to be a feeling at the combine, and I want to stress this is a feeling, it’s pure gossip, that people there think Hynes has a great shot at it. I don’t know that to be true, but I’m just telling you…doing the old Doug Maclean: I’m not saying it’s true, I’m just telling you what I heard. The one thing that I think is pretty clear is that Drury is wrestling with this. I do believe they had another in-person interview with Hynes this week, I don’t know if that is the first time he’s met with him in person or the second, but I heard they had an in-person interview with Hynes this week and so that doesn’t surprise me then that maybe the timeline got pushed back a bit. Like I said, people at the combine are saying that they think it’s Hynes, but there is absolutely no proof of that and I wouldn’t want that labeled as any kind of report.”

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2023 New York Rangers Coaching Search

Mike Babcock will reportedly be the Head Coach in Columbus

Darren Dreger tweets that Mike Babcock will be the next coach of the Blue Jackets.

Babcock reportedly interviewed with the Rangers but neither side pursued it very far as Babcock reportedly didn’t want to coach in another high-pressure market.

Elliotte Friedman said on 32 Thoughts that “One of the reasons I don’t think he would have been a fit or wouldn’t have wanted a job like the Rangers is I think he wanted something that was a little bit more out of the spotlight.”

The Blue Jackets were also reportedly very interest in Peter Laviolette.

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2023 New York Rangers Coaching Search, Peter Laviolette

The latest on the Rangers and Peter Laviolette (Updates)

6/1/23 | 12:29 PM: Elliotte Friedman said that he does not believe Laviolette was in NY earlier this week, and that he was either in NY or getting to NY on Thursday. He added that “I heard there were a couple of guys going in for second interviews there. “(The Jeff Marek Show)

5/31/23 | 9 AM:  On 32 Thoughts Podcast, Friedman said on Wednesday “Laviolette, I believe, was in NY on Tuesday and like I said, if it was going to be him I thought we were going to find out pretty quick. I am very curious to see if now they decide to interview Hynes, Drury and Hynes have a history in college together.”

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2023 New York Rangers Coaching Search

Would John Hynes be a candidate for the Rangers?

5/31/23 | The Rangers have been granted permission to speak with Hynes, according to the NY Post.

5/30/23 | The Predators fired John Hynes today and replaced him with Devils assistant Andrew Brunette.

Brunette was not believed to have been a candidate for the Rangers.

Arthur Staple tweets that Hynes may be on Chris Drury’s list of head coaching candidates.

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2023 New York Rangers Coaching Search

The latest on what may be going on with the Rangers

5/27/23 | 10:30 AM: Elliotte Friedman said on 32 Thoughts on Saturday, “I think a lot of people are beginning to lean Petter Laviolette on this one. If it is Laviolette we are going to find out next week.”

5/26/23 | 1:08 PM: Arthur Staple writes that while the Rangers did their “homework” on Babcock, neither side pursued it “very far.” (The Athletic)

Staple writes that the Rangers are “believed” to have inquired about Patrick Roy, possibly as far back as when the team was struggling during the regular season, but that “it’s not clear” if he will be a candidate. (The Athletic)

11:35 AM: Elliotte Friedman said on 32 Thoughts that he was asked which team could hire their coach first and said: “a lot of us thought that it might be Columbus, I had someone say to me that they think the Rangers could be moving closer to that list, too.”

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