Gallant, who was fired by the Vegas Golden Knights last season, will coach Team Canada at the IIHF World Championship this month.
“The Rangers have been cleared by the Vegas Golden Knights to interview Gerard Gallant so clearly he’s one of the top contenders in the process that has been started by new general manager Chris Drury,” Dreger told Insider Thursday. Trading.
“The timing has more to do with Gallant’s travel plans. He’s the head coach of Team Canada and he’s on his way to Latvia this weekend. The Rangers at least want to hang out and at least have a conversation with Gallant. before he began to take on the responsibility of leading Canada to the Men’s Ice Hockey World Championship. “
Gallant guided the Golden Knights to the Staley Cup Final in the franchise’s inaugural season in 2018, when he was named the recipient of the Jack Adams Award. He was 24-19-6 last season when he was fired, leaving Vegas with a 118-75-20 record behind the bench.
The 57-year-old has a career record of 270-216-4-51 in 541 career games as a head coach with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Florida Panthers and Golden Knights. Internationally, Gallant was an assistant coach with Team Canada at the IIHF World Championship in 2007 and 2017, winning gold and silver.
Gallant and Team Canada will open the 2021 Worlds on Friday, May 21 at Arena Riga against Latvia. Canada will also face Italy, Finland, Germany, Kazakhstan, Norway and the United States in the preliminary round.
The Rangers fired head coach David Quinn earlier this week after three seasons with the team. New York finished this season 27-23-6, 11 points behind the last playoff spot in the Eastern Division.