Breaking: Rangers make a surprising hire for head coaching position

Wow! Who saw this coming!? Not sure about this hire…

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According to a report from Sportsnet reporter and NHL insider John Shannon, the New York Rangers have hired Boston University’s David Quinn as the team’s next head coach. 

NYR source tells me that David Quinn, the Boston University coach, has now been hired as coach of the Rangers.

Quinn was considered a dark horse candidate for the position until just a few days ago when he emerged as a frontrunner for the prominent coaching job. It’s believed that veteran NHL coaches Lindy Ruff, Dan Bylsma and Darryl Sutter interviewed for the position. Ultimately, it seems that Quinn was chosen because of his experience coaching younger players.

Quinn has been the head coach at Boston University hockey team for the past five years where he’s managed to compile an impressive 100-59-20 record. Under Quinn, the BU Terriers have made the NCAA championship tournament in each of the last four years, including losing in the National title game in 2015. 

Quinn has also coached in the AHL with the Lake Erie Monsters and was an assistant for the Colorado Avalanche during the 2012-13 season. His position with the Rangers will be his first head coaching job in the NHL. 

Long time hockey fans may remember that Quinn was a first-round pick, 13th overall, by the Minnesota North Stars in the 1984 NHL Draft. Unfortunately, health complications stemming from a rare blood disorder sidetracked his career and forced him to retire young in 1988. He attempted a comeback in the early 1990s after changing his medication regiment, but was never really able to get his pro hockey career on track. At that point, Quinn elected to turn his focus toward coaching. 

Quinn takes over the reins from former Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault who was relieved of his duties last month following a dreadful 34-39-9 regular season. the hiring of Quinn is just one of several seismic changes made by Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton in the past six months. With the Rangers at serious risk of missing the playoffs, which ultimately ended up being the case, Gorton shipped out veterans like captain Ryan McDonagh, power forward Rick Nash, speedster Michael Grabner and spark plug J.T. Miller all with the express purpose of getting younger and cheaper.