The New York Rangers hired Boston University’s David Quinn as their new head coach Wednesday, the second college coach hired by an NHL team this month and third in the past four years.
Quinn replaces Alain Vigneault, who was fired hours after the Rangers missed the playoffs for the first time since 2010. An introductory news conference was scheduled for Thursday.
The retooling Rangers are the latest team to dip into the college ranks for a coach after the Philadelphia Flyers hired Dave Hakstol from North Dakota in 2015 and the Dallas Stars hired Jim Montgomery from the University of Denver in early May. Before Hakstol, it had been 28 years since a coach made the jump from the NCAA to the NHL.
So what did Marchessault do? He scored twice and had eight shots on goal in a 3-1 road win that spurred the four-game winning streak to close out the Jets. It’s fun to watch Marchessault flourish, as a guy who used to drive a Hyundai to NHL training camps and now has a ridiculously cool Lamborghini dropped at his home on game days to drive to the arena. Really, the entire top line — William Karlsson, Marchessault and Reilly Smith — has been terrific these playoffs, combining for 15 points, seven goals (half of the Golden Knights’ goals in the series against Winnipeg).
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That deafening, bright yellow sellout crowd was imposing once again.
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He plays the game the right way, Vegas alternate captain Deryk Engelland said. First guy on every puck, he creates havoc down low on their D-men, he finishes every check, he creates room for his linemates, he’s going to go to the dirty areas to get the job done. To get that first goal in what, three and a half months? In the conference finals as the game winner? I couldn’t be happier for him.