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David Quinn named Rangers head coach – What it means going forward

David Quinn has been named the 35th head coach in New York Rangers history.  Quinn joins the team after much speculation about the interest between the team and he.  Quinn had been rumored for a few weeks to be the front-runner to become head coach, and it was made official this week.

Quinn comes to the Rangers straight from college, coaching Boston University for the past five seasons.  Quinn had great success with the Terriers, compiling a 105-68-21 record while making a Frozen Four appearance in 2015.  He also coached NHL stars Jack Eichel, Clayton Keller, and Charlie McAvoy.  Quinn is said to be a master at player development, and he has high praise already from Jim Dolan and General Manager Jeff Gorton:

“I am very pleased to welcome David Quinn to the New York Rangers,” said James Dolan, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Madison Square Garden Company. “David brings a diverse and successful coaching resume that includes extensive work in developing young talent. I am confident he is an excellent fit for our team, and know he will work tirelessly with Glen, Jeff and our entire organization to execute our plan to build the next Rangers Stanley Cup contending team.”

“We are excited to announce that David will become the next Head Coach of the New York Rangers,” Gorton said. “In a coaching career that has spanned over two decades at the collegiate, pro, and international level, David has helped his teams achieve success while simultaneously teaching the game and helping his players develop on and off the ice. He is the ideal choice to bring our loyal and passionate fans the winning hockey they deserve.”

Quinn has been around for a while in the hockey world but has never had a head coaching position in the NHL.  It is said that the Rangers had looked at both Quinn and Denver’s Jim Montgomery.  However, Quinn was the man, mainly because Montgomery had already accepted a position as head coach of the Dallas Stars.  Why is this such an important hire for the Rangers?

He’s a developmental coach

As mentioned before, Quinn was the man for the job because he is a developmental coach.  Guys like Eichel, McAvoy, and most recently Jordan Greenway have proven that Quinn can coach college guys to play at a high level in the NHL.  Previous Rangers coach Alain Vigneault was fired last season because he refused to utilize the young talent the Rangers had.  He was always at odds with J.T. Miller, who was later traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning as part of the Ryan McDonagh deal.  Quinn will make sure to use his young guys in every situation, and won’t be afraid to lean on them instead of veterans.

He knows how to work with a young team

Piggy-backing on the sentiment that he’s a developmental coach, his skills and the fact that he’s coached one of the best college teams in the country go hand in hand.  The Rangers have a large number of players that went through the college ranks, included but not limited to Kevin Shattenkirk and Chris Kreider.  Quinn may not have any of his own Boston University players on the Rangers, but he knows how the United States college hockey system works and how to get the most out of his guys.

David Quinn was an excellent hire for the Rangers.  As said before, he knows the college system inside and out, last coaching for Boston University.  He is most definitely a players’ coach, and a young players’ coach at that.  He will have the innate ability to motivate his younger players the way Alain Vigneault could not.  After the Islanders – Lou Lamoriello news, it’s just another big day in New York Metro hockey.

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