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The search for the remaining assistant coaches appears to be complete. David Oliver and Greg Brown have been named as assistant coaches, joining Benoit Allaire and presumably Lindy Ruff. Oliver was a Ranger for a hot second (14 games) in 96-97, and has spent the last 11 years with the Avs organization.

Brown was rumored to be coming to the Rangers last week, and this makes it official. Chris Peters, one of the best prospect writers on social media, noted that Brown is one of the best tacticians in college hockey. In addition to his role at BC, Brown was on the staff for three US Junior teams, one of which won gold (2017).

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Per Jeff Cox, BC’s Associate Head Coach Greg Brown is joining David Quinn in New York as one of his assistants. Brown has been coaching with BC since 2004-2005 after a 12 year pro career in the NHL, AHL, and Europe.

Brown was an assistant coach for eight years before being promoted to associate head coach in 2012-2013. Brown will join Lindy Ruff (presumably) as another of Quinn’s assistants.

Current Ranger Chris Kreider played under Brown at BC from 2009-2012, so there is a Rangers connection behind this rumor.

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May
27

Some Key Quinn Quotes

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It’s a new era in New York. Not only is Alain Vigneault gone (and John Tortorella before him), but the Rangers have officially embarked on what some might call a rebuild (others might not, and that’s fine, but as we saw at the trade deadline there’s already been some major changes towards the future). Enter David Quinn. The now former BU coach is behind the bench for the Blueshirts and while some may have their (probably valid) criticisms, I think it’s a phenomenal hire. He’s a breath of fresh air and represents a total sea change as far as the mindset of this organization goes. If Jeff Gorton can convince Glenn Sather and James Dolan to get weird with it, then there’s a bridge I might just buy from him.

Going beyond the representative aspects of this hire though are the actual, ya know, coaching things. While Quinn may get a knock from some people for lacking in the X’s and O’s (which I’ll reserve judgement on until I actually see it for myself) there’s a few things buzzing around Quinn, many of which he’s said himself that have me excited. Most of these are from an interview he did on the Michael Kay show, but if you haven’t read his letter to the fan base that’s worth checking out as well. Without further ado, here’s David Quinn, in his own words.

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May
25

My thoughts on David Quinn

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After months of speculation and non-movement, the Rangers finally hired their next head coach: David Quinn of Boston University.  Obviously, this happened a few days ago and the staff here has done a nice job trying to contextualize a hire that doesn’t really have a lot of concrete information surrounding it.  For me, this was actually a good thing, as I had a couple days to try to digest the decision and its implications.  As you can imagine, I have my own thoughts… Read More→

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May
22

Some thoughts on David Quinn

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The Rangers are all but assured to be naming BU’s David Quinn as their next coach. The official announcement hasn’t come yet, but trustworthy sources like Bob McKenzie and Elliotte Friedman have said this is basically a done deal.

It looks like Quinn wasn’t their top target. Jim Montgomery turned down a lot more money from the Rangers to go to Dallas. However Quinn does appear to be a nice consolation prize. As per usual, I have some thoughts.

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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.

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May
17

A Quick Word on Coaches

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Three of the four coaches still in the playoffs, and Peter Laviolette.

It has been an interesting spring for Rangers fans who have in recent years become accustomed to the hockey season lasting until around Memorial Day Weekend (and sometimes beyond).  Instead, the Blueshirts are at work off the ice, planning a rebuild that will hopefully serve as the foundation for another decade-plus of sustained playoff success and contention (and hopefully, the ultimate prize).

Yet it feels as though that process can’t really begin until one massive blank is filled in: the Head Coach.  But what if I told you that it doesn’t really matter who’s behind the bench on opening night come October?  Allow me to explain.

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Apologies for the delay on this one, as the news came a while ago. Cleaning house continues for the Rangers, as Scott Arniel and Daryl Williams were both let go. Arniel has been with the Rangers since Alain Vigneault took over for the 2013-2014 season. Arniel was largely in charge of the powerplay and the forwards.

Williams joined the Rangers one year after Arniel, leaving Vancouver to do so. Arniel and Williams were AV’s top two assistants.

Lindy Ruff remains with the team.

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Apr
07

Rangers fire Alain Vigneault

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The Rangers have fired head coach Alain Vigneault. This is an expected move, with the organization heading in a completely different direction than the coach. GM Jeff Gorton was non-committal on AV when the rebuild announcement was made, and this confirms that AV is not in the future plans.

Despite his issues in the past two seasons, AV leaves the Rangers as one of the most successful coaches in team history. He led the team to a Stanley Cup Final and an Eastern Conference Final in back to back seasons. He wasn’t the right coach anymore, and if not for some bad luck in 2015, may have a Stanley Cup on his resume.

The coaching search begins now.

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Mar
17

Alain Vigneault Still Looms

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Being a Rangers fan over the last few weeks has proven to be a strange existence. A lot of what we’re experiencing has the feel of Seinfeld’s Bizarro World: scoreboard-watching for repercussions on the draft lottery (as opposed to the playoffs), knowing that wins – while often fun – are not the best medicine, and still getting strangely upset at the Blueshirts’ glaring deficiencies while knowing that they’re an objectively bad team at present.

One key thing that remains is the presence of Alain Vigneault.  Indeed, there has been a lot more speculation about AV’s future than one would expect given the situation the organization is in.  A lot of people have pointed to Jeff Gorton’s non-committal comments last month as a sure sign that Vigneault would be fired at season’s end, but other than that, there seems to be a somewhat strong possibility that he may stay.  As Bob McKenzie noted on Wednesday night on NBCSN, the coach’s contract runs through the 2019-20 season at an estimated $4 million per year.  The Rangers would likely have to fork over a lot of that cash up front if they were to let him go.

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