Well, it took them long enough. This afternoon the New York Rangers officially announced the hiring of Gerard Gallant as the 36th head coach in franchise history, confirming the reports from earlier this week.
It’s official.— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) June 16, 2021
Welcome to Broadway, Coach Gallant! It’s been waiting for you. pic.twitter.com/yJn1WV6zMo
Gallant is coming of a successful stint as head coach for Team Canada during the World Championships, which saw Canada’s D squad win gold. The former bench boss of the Vegas Golden Knights sat out the past NHL season after he was removed from the position midway through the 2019-20 season and after he took the Knights all the way to the Stanley Cup Final in their first year in existence.
Rangers owner and CEO James Dolan had some thoughts on the new hiring
I have no doubt that he will play a critical role in helping us take the next steps to building a championship-caliber team.” #NYR— Mollie Walker (@MollieeWalkerr) June 16, 2021
As did new President and General Manager Chris Drury
#NYR president and general manager Chris Drury says Gallant's "vast experience and success behind the bench at several levels make him the ideal choice to lead our team on the ice.”— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) June 16, 2021
Gallant was the top choice for the rookie GM and seemingly the perfect fit from the get-go. Now that the Rangers have locked up their new coach for the next four years, all attention turns to what his roster and assistant coaching staff will look like. I am sure we will get more clarity on that sooner than later.