New York Rangers Hire Peter Laviolette

The New York Rangers have hired Peter Laviolette.

Laviolette becomes the Rangers' 37th head coach in franchise history, and rejoins an organization he was part of as a player many years ago. During the 1988-89 season, Laviolette appeared in 12 games with the main club. He also spent 115 games with the Binghamton Rangers over two seasons.

As a head coach, Laviolette has been behind the bench for 21 seasons, and has coached the New York Islanders, the Carolina Hurricanes, the Philadelphia Flyers, the Nashville Predators, and Washington Capitals.

He led the Canes to a title in 2005-06, the Flyers to an Eastern Conference title in 2009-10, and the Nashville Predators to a Western Conference title in 2016-17. His most recent stint with Washington saw ups and downs with a roster that was hampered with injuries, and overall he brings a record of 717-466-25 with him that makes him one of the winningest active coaches in the NHL.

We'll have more on Laviolette and what this hire means for the Rangers in the coming days, but for now the long awaited search is over, and the team can move on with other business.