Gerard Gallant has agreed to be the next New York Rangers coach, a team source said on Monday.
As the coach of the Vegas Golden Knights in their 2017-18 inaugural season, Gallant guided them to the Stanley Cup Final when they lost to the Washington Capitals in five games. He won the Jack Adams Award as NHL Coach of the Year that season.
The 57-year-old is 270-216-51 with four draws in 541 NHL games with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Florida Panthers and Golden Knights. He was fired by Vegas on Jan.15, 2020, having been 118-75-20 in three seasons.
“Obviously, it’s been 16 months. I’m waiting for the next opportunity and hope it comes soon, ”Gallant told The Athletic on June 7. “I don’t know what it’s going to be. I have conversations with some teams and hope something happens. ”
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Gallant coached Canada to a first-place finish at the 2021 IIHF World Championship after losing the first three games to Latvia, Germany and the United States, and placed fourth in Group B when the Germany beat Latvia in regulation. Canada beat Finland 3-2 on Nick Paulat 6:26 of extra time in the championship game.
“It was just great for me personally to get back behind the bench and be able to win a gold medal with Team Canada, it’s even more special,” said Gallant. “Just a lot of fun. ”
Gallant is 18-15 in 33 NHL Playoff games.
“There’s nothing he’s asking his players to do that he wouldn’t have done himself,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said of Gallant. “He demands of his players, but he sends the message that you really want to go out there and play for him. … He is simple in his approach but extremely effective. He was great to have on staff (when Cooper coached Canada at the 2017 World Championship). I remember that year, I waited for him. Ironically, he was in between jobs at the time too and he ended up getting the Vegas job. There’s a reason the teams he coaches win because he gets the plan, puts it in place, communicates it, and then leads the guys. I loved having him on the team. “
Quinn was 96-87-25 in 208 games over three seasons with the Rangers. New York was part of the NHL’s return to play plan last season and was swept in three games by the Carolina Hurricanes in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Rangers did not make the playoffs in 2018-19, Quinn’s first season.
The Arizona Coyotes and the Seattle Kraken are the other two non-coached NHL teams.
NHL.com Senior Writer Dan Rosen contributed to this report