The tsunami that drove John Davidson and Jeff Gorton out of their executive offices last week also claimed David Quinn as a victim, according to The Post.
The head coach was sacked Wednesday by club president Chris Drury after a three-year run , in which 54-year-old Quinn set a record of 96-87-25 while in charge of developing the rugged youth movement of the Rangers. Sources report that assistants Jacques Martin, David Oliver and Greg Brown have also been sacked, while goalkeeping coach Benoit Allaire is retained.
Drury is expected to replace Quinn with an experienced NHL head coach who will receive the mandate to take blueshirts to the next level, sooner rather than later.
Gerard Gallant, Rick Tocchet, Bob Hartley, John Tortorella, Mike Babcock and Patrick Roy were among the first candidates for Quinn three years ago came to New York after a successful stint behind the bank at Boston University.
Drury shares that college legacy with Quinn, of course, and was instrumental in hiring him three years ago. But it’s not about mood, as former President Davidson and former GM Gorton know well.
Quinn was instrumental in developing the roster of impressive young bluebloods that included Adam Fox, K’Andre Miller, Ryan Lindgren, Pavel Buchnevich and Kaapo Kakko are represented. He oversaw the improvement of Alexis Lafreniere during his first season and the difficult goal change from legendary Henrik Lundqvist to Igor Shesterkin.
But the Rangers seemed flat too often at the beginning of the games and were unable to maintain a consistent level in this unique season . They were beaten by the islanders three times by a 13-1 lead in 12 days when the playoffs were still in sight late in the season.
Also, Quinn was unable to get his marquee players to stand up accepting the need for a more straightforward approach when opponents like the islanders game wanted to take away their time and space.
His request to the club to adopt a more shooting mentality never seemed to get through with the seasoned players, who have become increasingly persistent this year to score beautiful goals.
It can be argued that Quinn, who has two years and $ 4.8 million left on his contract, did exactly what he was brought here to do. That was to oversee Phase I of the rebuilding before the baton was handed over to the coach who would then lead the team to the championship battle.
Of course, Quinn, a man founded on it, would have personal relationships with his players and hardly agree with those building around him. It could be argued that he deserved another season – and one that has not been as dramatically hit by the pandemic as this one – with a roster likely to be boosted by the coach’s coveted additions of grains, muscles, and north-south players being reinforced.
That was a case, but Quinn wasn’t able to do well enough to influence Drury. So it will be head coach # 36 in franchise history who will try to get only fourth (after Lester Patrick, Frank Boucher and Mike Keenan) to win the Stanley Cup.
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