September 20, 2023

NY reportedly ‘starting to lean’ towards Peter Laviolette, the decision could come this week

January 19, 2023;  Tempe, Arizona, USA;  Washington Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette watches on in the second period against the Arizona Coyotes at Mullett Arena.
January 19, 2023; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Washington Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette watches on in the second period against the Arizona Coyotes at Mullett Arena. / Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

After saying goodbye to Gerard Gallant after just two seasons, the Rangers again looking for a new head coach.

Here’s some of the latest coverage of the Blueshirts looking to hire their 37th head coach in franchise history…

May 29, 2:15 p.m

The Rangers are “starting to lean” toward hiring Peter Laviolette According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, a decision could be made as early as this week.

“The Rangers, look, I think a lot of people are starting to lean Peter Laviolette on this one,” Friedman said on Saturday night. “I think if it’s Laviolette, we’ll find out next week.”

Friedman continued to discuss the Rangers and Laviolette Monday’s Episode of “32 Thoughts: The Podcast”

“I think if Peter Laviolette is the Rangers man, and as I said on Saturday night, I’m leaning in that direction, I think we’ll know this week,” Friedman said.

Vince Mercogliano of USA Today reported earlier on May 22 that Laviolette was “at or near the top of the Rangers’ list” after the two sides met for an interview. Laviolette had also had an interview with the Columbus Blue Jackets for their head coaching vacancy.

It would be Laviolette’s sixth head coaching job, as he previously managed the New York Islanders, Carolina Hurricanes, Philadelphia Flyers, Nashville Predators and most recently the Washington Capitals.

May 27, 1:10 PM

The Rangers have received permission from the Seattle Kraken to interview an assistant coach Jay Leach according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet and Mollie Walker of the New York Post.

Leach, 43, has never been an NHL head coach but has served as David Hakstol‘s assistant for the past two seasons in Seattle.

He was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in the fifth round of the 1998 NHL Draft and eventually made his NHL debut during the 2005–06 season with the Boston Bruins after a handful of years in the minors. Leach played for Boston, the Tampa Bay Lightning, New Jersey Devils, Montreal Canadiens and San Jose Sharks during his five-year career.

May 23, 7:10 p.m

According to Arthur Staple of the Athleticthe Rangers interviewed the Toronto Maple Leafs assistant Spencer Carbery for their vacancy as head coach.

Staple reports that Carbery is in high demand with both the Anaheim Ducks and Washington Capitals showing interest.

Carbery was hired by the Maple Leafs as an assistant coach ahead of the 2020–21 season. That year, he helped transform them into the top-ranked power play unit in hockey. He led the special teams again last season, and Toronto finished second in the NHL, scoring at a clip of 26 percent.

Staple also reported last week that the Rangers have been interviewing Mike Babcock And Peter Laviolette before their opening.

May 22, 5:25 p.m

While not all candidates have come out for the Rangers head coaching vacancy yet, more names are beginning to be linked to the job.

According to USA Today’s Vince Mercogliano, one of the names he keeps hearing is longtime NHL head coach Peter Laviolette. Multiple sources have told the reporter they believe Laviolette is “at or near the top of the Rangers list.”

Laviolette reportedly interviewed the Blueshirts last week and he also met with the Columbus Blue Jackets about their opening.

If Laviolette landed with either team, it would be his sixth career head coaching job. He has also spent time behind the bench for the Islanders, Hurricanes, Flyers, Predators and Capitals.

May 21, 11:40 am

Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports that the Rangers have interviewed both Peter Laviolette And Mike Babcock in the past week.

Staple writes that Laviolette, who has coached in the division with the Islanders, Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers, is considered by many to be a front runner for the Blueshirts job.

Babcock, meanwhile, can be a bit of a polarizing mercenary when he gets the job. He was fired by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2019, with a number of former players speaking out about his treatment of players.

May 18, 10:30 p.m

The Rangers have reportedly been allowed to speak with Maple Leafs assistant coach Spencer Carbery, per Elliott Friedman of Sportsnet.

Carbery is also said to be in talks with the Anaheim Ducks and Washington Capitals.

Carbery led the Maple Leafs’ power play last season, where they finished second in the NHL, scoring at a clip of 26 percent. The season before, he made the 16th power play in 2020-21 and turned them into the No. 1 power play in 2021-22.

May 17, 12:07 PM

Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan is a former Rangers assistant and has ties to GM Chris Drury, but it doesn’t sound like he’ll be coming back to the Blueshirts any time soon.

The New York Post’s Mollie Walker recently spoke to Sullivan, who said he’s under contract with the Penguins and “here for the long haul.”

As an assistant coach with the Rangers from 2009-2013, Sullivan led the Penguins to consecutive Stanley Cup championships in 2016-2017.

Pittsburgh failed to make the playoffs this season for the first time since the 05-06 season, fueling speculation that Sullivan may be able to move on.

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