Boston University coach David Quinn has reportedly bowed out of the race for the head coaching position with the New York Rangers. The Rangers have been searching for a head coach after they fired Alain Vigneault in April.
After a disappointing season, the Rangers are looking for an experienced coach who can help work with the younger players on the team. The Rangers missed the playoffs for the first time in seven years, with a record of 34-39-7.
After letting Vigneault go, the team started their search to fill the head coaching position, with David Quinn being one of the top contenders. It appears Quinn has decided to stick with Boston University, telling several friends that he isn’t leaving. He’s slated to coach Team USA in the 2019 World Junior Championships. If he were to accept the job with the Rangers, he would have to give up that position.
Quinn has reportedly not told the Rangers about his decision to remove himself from the running for the coaching position. Despite this latest development, the Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton doesn’t seem in a hurry to fill the position.
Prior to Quinn bowing out, another potential candidate, University of Denver coach Jim Montgomery, accepted a position to coach the Dallas Stars. The former coach of the Carolina Hurricanes, Bill Peters, was also reportedly in the running for the Rangers position before he accepted the head coaching job with the Calgary Flames.
Gorton could be waiting for the NHL and AHL playoffs to finish up before filling the coaching position. Sheldon Keefe of the AHL’s Toronto Marlies is a potential candidate, but his team is currently in the second round of the playoffs. Head coach Todd Nelson of the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins just became available after his team was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.
Scott Gordon, who used to coach for the New York Islanders, has his team, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, vying for the Calder Cup after winning the AHL Atlantic Division and moving onto the second round of the playoffs. Gordon and Gorton are familiar with each other after both working for Boston several years ago.
Another Boston prospect is the Bruins assistant coach, Joe Sacco, who used to coach the Colorado Avalanche. If Gorton is considering any of those prospects, he’ll have to wait until their current teams wrap up their seasons to interview them.