Weeks after leading Canada to a dramatic World Hockey Championship victory, Gerard Gallant has been selected as the head coach of the New York Rangers.
The daily “New York Post” reported the same on Monday. The club did not confirm the information late in the afternoon.
With the “blueshirts”, Prince Edward Island man David Quinn will replace him, who was fired in May after a third season in power. In fact all of his aides, including Jacques Martin, as well as President John Davidson and CEO Jeff Gorton, have lost their jobs.
Gallant, who coached the Montreal Canadians as assistant coach for two seasons between 2012 and 2014, will captain the fourth team in the National Hockey League. He set a 270-216-4-51 record in that role with the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Florida Panthers and the Vegas Golden Knights.
He also won the Jack-Adams Trophy in 2018 after leading the Knights to the Stanley Cup Final in their first season on the circuit.
Recently, Galent Maple Leaf helped delegates forget a very difficult start in the Worlds. After three defeats to Latvia, Germany and the United States, the Canadians won the gold medal by beating the Russians, Americans and Finns in the playoffs respectively.
The former Detroit Red Wings rider won the St. John Sea Dogs for two Presidents trophies between 2009 and 2012 and the Memorial Cup for three seasons.