Rangers and Gerard Gallant Mutually Agree to Part Ways

Gerard Gallant is out as head coach of the New York Rangers, with the coach not officially fired but rather the two sides mutually agreeing to part ways.

Both Chris Drury and Gallant released statements, and you can read them here.

And here's what Gallant had to say.

While the split is "mutual," according to Mollie Walker, feedback of players played a role in the decision.

In Year 1 of Gallant's tenure, the Rangers went 52-24-6 and finished with 110 points in the regular season before losing in the Eastern Conference Final against Tampa. This year, New York went 47-22-13 and finished with 107 points, but a los in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against New Jersey appears to have put an end to his time in the Big Apple.

Gallant's regular season success is not the type of results that sees a team and coach part ways. Mike Keenan, who won the franchise's only Stanley Cup since 1940, spent just one season behind the bench.And while Gallant is no Keenan... stuff like this can happen.

Being eliminated in back-to-back postseasons after jumping to a 2-0 series lead is brutal, and the lack of adjustments and the overall performance in Game 7 really put the nail in the coffin.

Now the Rangers begin their search for a new head coach. There's a lot of directions they can go in, directions they shouldn't go in, and we will have more on that in the coming days.