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Rangers will be getting exactly who they wanted in David Quinn

Rangers will be getting exactly who they wanted in David Quinn
Published On: Mon, May 21
Dec 2, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Vancouver Canucks center Nick Bonino (13) displays a sticker on his helmet in memory of late Hall of Famer and Canuck great Pat Quinn against the Washington Capitals in the third period at Verizon Center. The Canucks won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Two observations about the Rangersa€™ search that yielded David Quinn as the cluba€™s presumptive next head coach, pending an announcement of a signed-and-sealed contract that should come by Tuesday.

First, it was not extensive. Ownership and management were clear on the traits they were seeking in Alain Vigneaulta€™s successor. Primary among them are the ability to communicate with, teach, develop and motivate younger players while taking a more hands-on approach to team building and leadership. As such, general manager Jeff Gorton and Chris Drury zoned in early on BUa€™s Quinn and University of Denvera€™s Jim Montgomery.

The Rangers did not consider veteran NHL coaches Bill Peters, Darryl Sutter, Dave Tippet or Dan Bylsma. They did not wait for AHL Marliesa€™ coach Sheldon Keefe, did not speak to Toronto assistant D.J. Smith and did not wait for Washington coach Barry Trotza€™s contract to expire.

Second, a search was necessary because the Rangers did not have an internal candidate ready to take over the team. This is the end result of keeping Ken Gernander on the job with the AHL Wolf Pack long after it became apparent that management did not consider him an option to coach the Rangers. Keith McCambridge has been behind the bench for one year. Ideally, an organization should be able to promote coaches from within just as it does players.

The first three coaches to move to the NHL from the NCAA were legends. The Red Wings werena€™t ready in 1970-71 for Cornella€™s Ned Harkness, who lasted just 38 games (12-22-4) before he was deposed. Then Americaa€™s coach, Herb Brooks, arrived on Broadway in 1981-82 from Minnesota by way of Davos, Switzerland. A year later, Wisconsina€™s Badger Bob Johnson made the jump to Calgary. More than three decades passed until another college coach made the same journey, North Dakotaa€™s Dave Hakstol to Philadelphia in 2015-16.

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