The ink is barely dry on David Quinn’s pink slip and it looks like the Rangers have already identified a prime candidate. Per Larry Brooks, Gerard Gallant is a potential front runner for the Rangers head coach position.
Gallant’s name has been out there for a while, and he’s had some great success. He has a .600 winning percentage while coaching both Florida –a team that kicked him to the curb in a front office coup– and Vegas, and expansion team.
Gallant is one of the better names out there, along with Claude Julien and Bruce Boudreau. Other names that have been mentioned are Mike Babcock, John Tortorella, and Bob Hartley. Gallant is in the top tier of that group.
This won’t be an overnight decision. The Rangers will take their time to find the right coach to give this team an identity and take the next step.