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Friedman/McKenzie: BU’s David Quinn the front runner for Rangers coach

May 19, 2018, by

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Per both Elliotte Friedman and Bob McKenzie, the Rangers appear to have narrowed their coaching search to just one person. BU’s David Quinn seems in line to succeed Alain Vigneault as the next Rangers coach.

It’s been a pretty interesting coaching search, as other than Jim Montgomery picking Dallas there hasn’t been much news on this front. Quinn was initially rumored to be their target, but word had spread that he wanted to remain in BU. Whether that was true or not, or whether Quinn changed his mind, we don’t know.

Adding fuel to this fire is that James Mirtle said that Sheldon Keefe is no longer in the running for the Rangers. This makes it seem that all signs point to Quinn as the coach. There aren’t many options left without going off the board, so Quinn looks like he’s the man.

Here’s what I know about Quinn:

  1. We share the same first name.
  2. He started coaching at BU as an assistant in 2004-2005. This means I probably met him at the BU alumni game that year –when the NHL alumni played against the current team– and didn’t realize it.
  3. He was the assistant at Lake Erie for three years before becoming the head coach at BU in 2013-2014. He had a rough first year, but transformed the program back to dominance with four straight .600 seasons or better.
  4. NHLers of note under Quinn: Jack Eichel, Matt Grzelcyk, Jordan Greenway, Charlie McAvoy, Clayton Keller. That’s a solid list right there.

That’s all I got on him. He appears to be a coach that can develop kids and knows how to get his team running his system, whatever the system may be (I don’t know, honestly). I’m not going to judge the choice or the guy right now. We shall see.

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62 comments

  1. 1994fan says:

    So this guy is the ONLY PERSON in the world who is a legitimate candidate? I am missing something? Obviously there is a much longer list which we have little/no transparency on. Hopefully this is the NYR being secretive versus having a 2 person list.

    • joe from newburgh says:

      No, the team should announce every candidate for every position publicly, so all the fans can start arguing immediately. We’d rather see all the trolls flaming each other than let the team perform their due diligence calmly and quietly. NOT!

  2. cthockeyman says:

    If Quinn is the guy and he ticks the boxes for Gorton, Sather, Drury et al then so be it. I will say that while he has been a good recruiter at BU, given the talent on those teams BU has massively under performed over the past 3-4 years in Hockey East and the NCAA tournament(s).

  3. Richter1994 says:

    5. Coached Brady Tkachuk.

    Another red flag that the Rangers are targeting Brady as their pick.

    The Rangers never learn, and people want them to build exclusively through the draft?

    • James1090 says:

      Exactly. If you take Tkachuk at the 9th pick that’s fine. If you trade into the top 3 or 5 to get him that’s bad.

      • Richter1994 says:

        yep, we have said it before.

        If we get him that means we traded up because he will not last at 9. Someone will buy into the hype.

        • James1090 says:

          That’s not to say he won’t turn out to be a good hockey player in the NHL. He may be, he’s just getting over hyped.

          • Richter1994 says:

            We really don’t know the kid could be a star.

            Just not liking the parts that he appears to be deficient in.

            • Czech!!! says:

              Which parts is he deficient in pal? He skates well, stick handles well, is an excellent passer, plays a heavy game and can score although not a sniper by all accounts. Also has great leadership ability . Sounds like a winner to me. Not saying we should trade up for him but he is good get at 9.

              I wouldn’t trade up for Wahlstrom either. He has a major flaw in my opinion. He doesn’t have elite speed. In fact he maybe onlynhas average speed which to me will take away a lot of his game in the NHL.

              I would only trade into the top 3 or if one of those top 3 slips to 4 for what ever reason.

              I would trade a couple of vets to get the 4-5 pck in the draft though.

    • tanto says:

      Come on Richter, relax … Gorton is going to pick whomever he’s going to pick. I sincerely doubt Quinn would have any influence on Gorton moving up and taking the kid UNLESS Quinn himself was 100% sure that he was the best player available and a bona fide elite NHL player. If he’s available at 9, the story might be a bit different.

  4. Mintgecko says:

    This was actually one of the original names who I wanted to see as the HC so I’m not complaining. If it so happens that this means trading down in the draft to get Brady Tkachuk than so be it. JG can be as reckless as he wants as long as he signs Travares this July.

  5. HockeyUpNorth says:

    My sources say it’s a done deal. 2.5 mill per year.

    • Mintgecko says:

      Every source right now is saying it’s a done deal and now that Quinn wants in as a NYR hc. It’s not even noon yet so we might get official word by tonight.

  6. Chuck A says:

    Anyone know why Keefe is at the curb? I would have bet that he was the favorite.

    • Mancunian Candidate says:

      Keefe’s past relationship to David Frost could be the issue. I wouldn’t go near the guy after reading what I read about him playing for Frost in juniors.

  7. Reenavipul says:

    What’s he won, anywhere? 1 league title? 2 league tourneys? 1 Beanpot, 1 Frozen Four(both in his 2nd season @ BU) 1 winning season out of 3 in the AHL, never won his division?

    That’s it?

    Usually you’re looking for guys who know how to maximize talents, not squander them. Finished 4th in Hockey East with 3 1st rd picks(and Brady Tkachuk to be a 4th) and 12 draftees on the roster. In comparison, league winning BC had 8 draftees, 2nd Place Northeastern 7 and 3rd Place Providence 6 draftees.

    I’m beginning to question the process.

  8. Flatbush says:

    Why is the thinking a guy who coaches at a big time college with no pro experience the best choice. The. Thinking seems yo support his ability to develop young players. To me that’s shallow. He will have to develop himself first in the NHL and on a demanding NYC. To me this is a long project and we won’t be any better off

  9. Chris says:

    I jus’ wanna know what the hootenanny happened to Sheldon Keefe y’all!!

  10. Matteau says:

    Don’t feel comfortable about Quinn…don’t want any college coach to be honest.

    Still really hoping for Todd Nelson, Sheldon Keefe or Kris Knobauch

  11. Rich S says:

    Great game last night ….vegas defeats everyones favorite winnipeg……
    Amazing job by coach gallant and GM – former ranger george mcphee……
    mcphee deserves to be GM of the year….he built the capitals and now the knights…..WOW !!!!! Both are strong candidates for the cup!!!!
    I wonder if he would consider coming back to the rangers when his contract is up?

    • tanto says:

      He really didn’t do that good a job with the Caps and he’s been away from them for a long time — if he had been the GM for the Rangers and made the same moves and had the same success he did with the Caps, the choir here would have been calling for his head daily.

      On the other hand he did a great job with Vegas, but he was dealt a VERY favorable hand … but then he gave away the store for Tatar. 😉

      • Rich S says:

        ovechkin, backstron, kuznetsov……size and speed and talent up and down the roster…….a favorite to win the cup every year……he really didnt do a good job?????
        aAs far as vegas team, He found numerous diamonds in he rough and it seems everyone he picked has worked out……and more talent in the pipeline…..all accomplished in a couple of years…….compare to our gm’s 20 years and what? one conference final, one cup final…..20 years!!!!!

        • Mancunian Candidate says:

          How many Cup Finals has McPhee made? Oh that’s right—none….

          • Rich S says:

            we got to ONE in twenty years…..
            lets have a parade!!!!……
            and now he has brought the Knights to a final….does he get credit for that?
            and we never had the kind of player like ovechkin or even kuznetsov or backstrom for that matter unless you go back to jean ratelle……
            ridiculous to judge him by one criteria……his overall body of work, built two teams currently playing in semi finals compared to rangers with just one finals visit in 20 years including a 6 year stretch of not even making the playoffs……

            • Mancunian Candidate says:

              Mcphee had the best goalscorer of his generation in Alex Ovechkin, and went nowhere with him in Washington. I don’t want to hear about what a genius the guy is. Vegas is making the NHL look like a joke right now. $500 million buys a whole lot from Gary Bettman.

          • JoeS. says:

            actually, one now!

  12. mickeydee says:

    5/19/18 | 12:19PM: According to John Buccigross, Quinn has informed BU’s athletic director that he is taking the position of head coach with the New York Rangers.

    The deal, according to Buccigross, is believed to be five-years and $12 million. (John Buccigross,)

    • Reenavipul says:

      That’s Little Jimmy Dolan in action.

      Underqualified?

      No problem.

      Not sure about the job security?

      Let me back up the Brinks truck(when he should be getting 1/4 of that)

      He always gets his man, then regrets it 90 days later.

      • Mancunian Candidate says:

        Agreed, 5 years is a big commitment to a rookie coach.

        • Richter1994 says:

          The length of the contract has little meaning, right AV?

          The guy wasn’t going to make a big move from BU for 3 years, especially when college jobs are long-term and almost lifetime if you have any worth at all.

          • Mancunian Candidate says:

            Hmm, you’re right on that—when the Flyers hired Hakstol they gave him five years as well. I originally thought they only gave him three or four years. (Philly press and blogs kinda came down hard on this hire, 5 years/$10 million for a rookie coach. Hope this tactic works out better for NYR than it has for Philadelphia.)

          • Reenavipul says:

            Hakstol won the league regular season 3 times, league tourney 4x, gone to the Frozen Four 7 times in 11 seasons and is *younger* than Quinn.

      • Spozo says:

        Money is no object to the Rangers. They have boatloads of it. And the financial agreement has absolutely nothing to do with job security. Just ask AV. So honestly who cares what they pay him if we know the Rangers have no problem giving him the boot even if they still owe him millions?

        • Reenavipul says:

          Because why are you chasing a guy that hard who hasn’t done all that much and didn’t want the job until you had to bribe him?

          Let’s see if the theme of winning one person auctions by overbidding your rival continues with Kovalchuk.

          • Spozo says:

            But what’s the downside of him not working out after a year and they fire him? Dolan lost some pocket change? The length and dollar amount are so irrelevant. And why don’t we wait to start complaining until he is actually signed and the terms are released.

  13. avsucks says:

    i hope he doesnt chew gum.

    • CTfan says:

      Best comment in the entire thread. Nobody knows how a coach is going to work out, but a whole bunch of people think it makes them sound smart to rip anything. We should know if it is a good or bad hire in a couple of years. Until then, just noise.

      • Reenavipul says:

        If you look at winning coaches in the NHL, at lower levels, they win. A lot.

        Ken Hitchcock one 4 division & two league titles in junior; a division title in the IHL.

        Peter Laviolette made the conference final in the ECHL, won the Calder Cup in the AHL.

        Paul Maurice won 2 division titles and a league title in the OHL

        Jon Cooper won league titles in the CSHL, NAHL, USHL, and the Calder Cup

        Bruce Cassidy made a conference finals in the ECHL and IHL, two division titles in the IHL(also Best regular season team.)

        Gerard Gallant won the RBC Cup of JrA.

        Barry Trotz won a Calder Cup.

        Mike Babcock won a CIAU title and multiple division titles in the WHL.

        Bruce Boudreau won a Calder Cup and a Kelly Cup

        Mike Sullivan won a division title in the AHL

        Pete deBoer won 4 division titles, a Robertson Cup and a Memorial Cup.

        Notice a theme?

  14. JB says:

    It appears that Drury has a lot more influence then most are aware of. Not saying Quinn isn’t the right choice because, honestly, I don’t know. I would have liked for them to at least speak with Keefe & Reirdan,,,they waited this long…what is a few more weeks.

    My fear with Sather and his rule is he gives jobs and drafts kids based on friendships…regardless, if they are qualified for the job or if the kid merits getting drafted. I am so tired of that guy being the final say. The Rangers Front office/scouting department has to be overhauled. I used to think Gordie was one of the best scouts based on his work with Islanders and then his early work with Rangers but for several years now…it seems like he hasn’t put the work in.

    • Reenavipul says:

      11 NHLers since he was director of amateur scouting/director of player personnel. 5 legitimate players in the pipeline.

      I know they haven’t had a lot of picks to work with, but 2008 was the only year where he really hit it out of the park.

    • Spozo says:

      How do you know Keefe and Reirden weren’t spoken too? Has that been reported?

    • gene4240 says:

      The last two years has not been bad drafting at all by the Rangers…considering Sather gave picks out like it was xmas

  15. Reenavipul says:

    Should we start the dead pool now?

    I got April 12th, 2020.

  16. HARLEMBLUES says:

    The Rangers should be looking for the next Brad Stevens.

    • CTfan says:

      That would be a great idea if the were in the NBA, but none of the guys who play for Stevens skate very well.

  17. Bloomer says:

    I am trying to not to prejudge. But I am bit skeptical that a college coach will be successful making the jump to a big market NHL team. Time will tell.

  18. jim says:

    now hire scott stevens

  19. craig says:

    He is used to working with young players and has been successful at BU. This is the direction we are going in (young players, rebuilding). Coaching college is not much different then the AHL level except no older players. The level of play and skill is close.
    I think it may pan out to be a good move as Quine adapts to the NHL. Can’t be much worse then AV at this point. He may surprise a lot of people. I’m excited about the fact: “the times they are a changing” in Rangerland!

    • Reenavipul says:

      AHL players aren’t much older than a lot of college players(routine to see 24 yr olds in college), the big difference is size and depth of talent.

      • Rich S says:

        Hopefully he is better than AV, which isnt saying much…..but what stanley cup winning teams have that we dont are good GM’s and superstar players……crosby, towes, kopitar…………
        Talent wins….”you cant get water from a rock”

  20. Njb45 says:

    The question is does hiring a raw college guy eliminate the retool and beingnin more of the rebuild? To me the plus to hiring Quinn has to be more youth and developing his system of play. Is there any reason to waste time signing 35 yr old khl player now?

  21. craig says:

    It would be interesting to match the fantastic Hartford Wolfpack against a top college team. I seriously doubt it would be a blowout

  22. Odielicious says:

    From what everyone is saying it seems like this was a political hire if it happens and isn’t just fake news to get the pot stirring.

    There is a lot of youth on this roster coming up so it makes sense to go with someone who can recruit and build talent. I am sure there are better options that someone can find in 2 years but hindsight is always 20/20. Like I said a month ago they are going to wait til after the playoffs. They have to see just exactly who is left and if anyone gets fired that they might want to interview.

    Really didn’t see Vegas as the western finals rep. Good for Vegas and good for fluery. Vegas from what I see is going to be a tough fight for either eastern team…not really. Everyone in the east knows fluery weaknesses and it will be a quick series without a 930 save percentage.

    I think the Caps are done …game 4 when they just threw everything they had at Tampa and still lost was a crushing defeat. They needed a break last game and it never happened plus letting in a goal 19 seconds in was just the straw to break the camels back. Unless they get that break next game I just don’t see it happening for them. Shame cause Ovi should win a cup but never will. Still don’t see the caps winning even if they score first.

  23. Tony says:

    Hi all,

    Does anyone know if Quinn had coached current Rangers or has coached against the current Rangers in college games. Quinn must have seen Kreider, Hayes, Vesey, knows their skill level, their weaknesses, etc. Also, factor in Skjei, among others Quinn has studied them as players. Since Quinn was at BU, he dealt with Minn/BU rivals, BU/Michigan; my point is he has experience building youth.

    Kreider, Hayes, Vesey There must be a connection here with these young players.

    This may sound crazy, but I also think Quinn can succeed here. Here is why, he is a college coach who is trying to coach an NHL team filled with youngsters. Works well with young players and can develop them. He will implement a style, and expects his players to skate well, be accountable. Also, like the fact that he likes to keep lines together, not like AV looking to tie games in the 3rd period. NYR needs a coach that can instill confidence in his players. I would love to see Leetch as the def coach, Leetch would mold a good young def corp into place. NYR needs to help Quinn ease into the position of head coach. Given the right mix of players the Rangers can rebound and a realistic goal is to be back in the playoffs either next year or 2020.

    Main reason I think he can succeed as well, he is not expected to a win a cup right from the get go. His job is to bring NYR back into the playoffs for the first few years. When the new core of players is made up and NYR can seriously compete then Quinn can finally be the coach to win us the cup. Just a side note, if the locker room is full of players making millions and hot heads, its just money based players. But, when a locker room is filled with hungry young players, willing to learn and knowing what they must do on a nightly basis it makes all players gel into a team. Like below, no to Kovachulk, we need a tight based unit, all players should feel like a team, similiar backgrounds, with the idea one must earn a spot, fight for it, not just make it. Who knows this, but I would rather walk into a locker room filled with players all knowing their roles, and wanting to play like that each and every night. Maybe Quinn can influence these players, get the best out of them.

    Remember Gorton is running the show as GM, Gorton and Quinn can work together draft the right players, then also sign a few ufa. No to Kovachulk, NYR doesnt need a 35yr player that will make 5million or more. Use that money and get 3rd liners 4th liners, get depth as well as 1 or 2 def player Gotta stop signing players just because of their name, build a solid core group of players, in this case young players, and then add to the mix. Have a good def core, then have 4 solid lines, roll these lines.

  24. joen7 says:

    What type of systems does Quinn run I do not follow college hockey

  25. chrisqct says:

    I figured they’d at least kick the tires on Capuano. Can’t believe the guy is still available…