The New York Rangers have dismissed head coach David Quinn as the season comes to a close. This isn’t really shocking, as the team already replaced some of its front office personnel this year for off-ice reasons. Larry Brooks announced the move Wednesday morning.
BREAKING: Rangers have dismissed David Quinn, Post has learned. Assistants other than Benoit Allaire also let go by Drury. Search will begin immediately.
— Larry Brooks (@NYP_Brooksie) May 12, 2021
Rangers Dismiss David Quinn
Quinn ends his time with the Rangers after three seasons. He posted an overall record of 95-87-25. He had a winning record just once and that was in 2019-20 that was cut short. Despite the lack of success on the ice, it still seems very premature to cut Quinn loose considering the dramatic rebuild that New York has undergone over the past few seasons.
The front office also let assistants outside of Benoit Allaire go. That means that the 2021-22 Rangers will have a dramatically different look behind the bench. It could result in a different style on the ice, but some of that also depends on if there are additional changes to the player personnel. The only thing that seems safe to assume at this stage is that New York is going to be very aggressive over the offseason.
What The Next Coach Inherits
The next coaching hire will lead a roster that is absolutely packed with talent. Artemi Panarin in a perennial Hart candidate, but youngsters such as Alexis Lafreniere, Adam Fox, and Igor Shesterkin are also key members of the core. It’s a roster that should absolutely compete for a Stanley Cup over the next decade or so assuming linear positive development.
It will be interesting to see if Quinn receives another job after this unceremonious exit. He is still relatively young by coaching some coaching standards at 54 years old. New York was his first head coaching position and he did perfectly fine in the context of the rebuild. It is unclear who might hire him, but the Arizona Coyotes just relieved Rick Tocchet of his duties and is another young, exciting team on the rise. The fit could be ideal for both parties.
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