Gerard Gallant remains the leader in the clubhouse, however Rangers president-general supervisor Chris Drury is ready to see if there may be fallout from second-round playoff collection that would unlock one other candidate or two to succeed David Quinn behind the bench, based on a number of people accustomed to the workforce’s teaching search.
That means, first, the Blueshirts are going to observe the state of affairs in Carolina, the place Rod Brind’Amour’s ’Canes have been down 3-1 to the Lightning coming into Tuesday’s Game 5 in Raleigh.
Brind’Amour’s contract is about to run out on the finish of the season, and although the coach and workforce proprietor Tom Dundon had been engaged on a three-year extension late within the common season, that is still unfinished enterprise.
There is at all times the prospect that the notoriously parsimonious proprietor will lowball Brind’Amour into free company. It is believed the events have been discussing a quantity round $1.8 million per earlier than talks broke off. The coach would in all probability be in line for near $4 million yearly in New York.
If it turns into about cash, the Rangers is not going to be outbid. It might not, nevertheless, turn into about cash for Brind’Amour, who performed the ultimate 10 seasons of his profession in Carolina earlier than becoming a member of the teaching employees as an assistant in 2011.
A well-placed supply stated Brind’Amour would instantly turn into Seattle’s first alternative if he will get to the open market. The enlargement Kraken may need higher attraction to Brind’Amour, together with his one-time Carolina teammate Ron Francis working the present as GM.
The Rangers are additionally believed monitoring the conditions with Winnipeg’s Paul Maurice following the Jets’ second-round sweep by Montreal after having swept Edmonton within the opening spherical, and with Boston’s Bruce Cassidy, whose Bruins are down 3-2 to the Islanders heading into Wednesday’s showdown on the Coliseum.
The Post has been advised that Jared Bednar’s job as coach of the Avalanche is likely to be in jeopardy if Colorado goes all the way down to Vegas in a collection that was tied 2-2 coming into Tuesday’s Game 5. It isn’t clear whether or not Bednar would turn into a candidate in New York if he turns into accessible.
Drury was impressed by Gallant, who led Team Canada to an sudden gold medal within the World Championships with a championship victory over Finland on Sunday, when he first interviewed in New York on May 14. It is believed Gallant then had a follow-up with Drury that was performed remotely whereas the coach was in Latvia for the event.
Rick Tocchet, who has additionally spoken to Drury twice, created a favorable impression and likewise stays a viable candidate for the job.
Though John Tortorella, Mike Babcock, Patrick Roy, Bruce Boudreau and Claude Julien will not be within the working, we’ve got been advised that Drury — as meticulous, methodical and close-mouthed as they arrive — has spoken to different individuals of curiosity. It isn’t identified whether or not any obtained what can be thought of a proper interview.
Though Gallant and Tocchet might produce other choices with the Blue Jackets, Coyotes, Sabres and Kraken additionally out there for a head coach — and with every identified to have spoken with Columbus — the Rangers are working as in the event that they imagine that neither would take a special job earlier than notifying Drury of a proposal.
As the Blueshirts hunt for his successor, Quinn remains in the mix with each Columbus and Arizona.