In a shocking move Saturday afternoon, the New York Rangers and head coach Gerard Gallant agreed to mutually part ways. Such news only ramps up the rumor mill in speculating that former Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville could be a target.
Gallant was 95-46-19 in the regular season with the Rangers but the seven-game loss to the New Jersey Devils in the first round certainly clouded things. Gallant was pestered about his job security during locker cleanout. Now, the Big Apple looks for a new bench boss.
But it won’t be Joel Quenneville. The New York Post’s Larry Brooks writes that general manager Chris Drury will not be looking Coach Q’s way.
Larry Brooks reports here that NYR will not pursue Joel Quenneville for their coaching vacancy https://t.co/ZwWAx2l5JP
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) May 7, 2023
Any Chicago fan will tell you of Quenneville’s place in guiding Chicago to three Stanley Cups. Many of those same Blackhawks fans, if not all of them, will tell you of their disgust of his place in the Kyle Beach incident. Ultimately, commissioner Gary Bettman has the final say should any team want to bring him into the fold.
But it won’t be for the New York Rangers.
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