Latest on Rangers' head coaching search: Blueshirts could make final decision by end of week

Nov 8, 2022; New York, New York, USA; at Madison Square Garden
Nov 8, 2022; New York, New York, USA; at Madison Square Garden / Jessica Alcheh-USA TODAY Sports

After parting ways with Gerard Gallant after just two seasons, the Rangers are once again searching for a new head coach. 

Here is some of the latest reporting as the Blueshirts look to hire their 37th head coach in franchise history...

June 6, 5:40 p.m.

As the Rangers mull over the candidates for their vacant head coaching position, a new report says the Blueshirts will be ready make their decision this week.

Vincent Mercogliano of cites a source that believes a final decision will be announced before the end of the week and perhaps as soon as Wednesday.

So far, the Rangers head coaching gig seems to be a two-horse race between Peter Laviolette and John Hynes.

As for former Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville, Mercogliano believes that while he could be an option, he is set to meet with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman after the Stanley Cup Finals concludes and New York won't likely wait for him.

June 5, 1:25 p.m

The Rangers do not consider Patrick Roy to be a candidate for their vacant head coaching position and will not interview him, the New York Post's Mollie Walker reported Monday.

Roy, the four-time Stanley Cup-winning goaltender, spent three seasons behind the bench with the Colorado Avalanche before he stepped down after a disappointing 2015-16 season. 

In Colorado, Roy had a 130-92-24 record with one playoff appearance after a 112-point season his first season there, which ended in a Game 7 upset by the No. 7 seed Minnesota Wild.

He just finished the fifth year of his second stint as head coach of the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with a Memorial Cup win after announcing prior to the season it would be his final one with the club. Roy began his coaching career with the Remparts, spending eight seasons behind the bench before joining the Avalanche.

Walker noted John Hynes and Peter Laviolette remain the front-runners for the position.

May. 31, 12:50 p.m.

The Rangers have been given permission by the Predators to speak with John Hynes to fill their vacant head coaching position, the day after Nashville fired Hynes, according to the New York Post.

Hynes was the coach in Nashville for parts of four seasons after replacing another candidate for the Rangers job, Peter Laviolette. He made the playoffs in his first two full seasons, losing in the first round both times, but failed to qualify for the postseason this campaign, leading to his dismissal. Hynes' record with the Preds was 134-96-18.

Hynes and Rangers general manager Chris Drury were teammates at Boston University in the 1990s, the Post's Mollie Walker notes.

The Predators fired Hynes – and assistant coach Dan Lambert – and announced the hiring of Devils assistant coach Andrew Brunette to be their next head coach on Tuesday.

May 30, 12:40 p.m.

A couple of potential Rangers candidates have come off the board, but a new candidate has emerged as a result.

The Washington Capitals have officially announced their hire of Spencer Carbery, a former assistant with the Toronto Maple Leafs who was one of the hottest names in the coaching carousel this offseason.

Additionally, ESPN's Kevin Weekes reports that the Nashville Predators are hiring former Devils assistant Andrew Brunette, another hot name on the circuit.

Brunette takes over for John Hynes, but the former Devils head coach could potentially find a new home in New York.

Per Arthur Staple of The Athletic, the now-available Hynes is believed to be on the Rangers' list of candidates, though his defense-first approach may not mesh well with the Rangers roster.

Hynes has a 284-255-63 career record in the regular season and has made the playoffs four times (three times with Nashville and once with New Jersey).

May 29, 2:15 p.m.

The Rangers are "beginning to lean" towards hiring Peter Laviolette and a decision could come as soon as this week, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

"The Rangers, look, I think a lot of people are beginning to lean Peter Laviolette on this one," Friedman said on Saturday night. "I think if it is Laviolette, we're gonna find out next week."

Friedman continued to discuss the Rangers and Laviolette on Monday's episode of "32 Thoughts: The Podcast"

"I think, if Peter Laviolette is the Rangers' guy, and like I said on Saturday night, I am leaning in that direction, I think we're gonna know this week," Friedman said.

USA Today’s Vince Mercogliano previously reported 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 interviewed with the Columbus Blue Jackets for their head coaching vacancy.

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

May 27, 1:10 p.m.

The Rangers have been granted permission by the Seattle Kraken to interview assistant coach Jay Leach for their head coaching vacancy, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman and the New York Post's Mollie Walker.

Leach, 43, has never been an NHL head coach before, but has served as David Hakstol’s assistant 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 2005-2006 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 Athletic, the Rangers have interviewed Toronto Maple Leafs assistant Spencer Carbery for their head coaching vacancy.

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 prior to the 2020-21 season. That year he helped turn them into the top ranked power play unit in hockey. He again ran the special teams this past season, and Toronto finished second in the NHL, scoring at a 26 percent clip.

Staple also reported last week that the Rangers have interviewed Mike Babcock and Peter Laviolette for their opening.

May 22, 5:25 p.m.

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

According to USA Today’s Vince Mercogliano, one of the names he continues hearing is long-time 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 conducted an interview with the Blueshirts last week and he also met with the Columbus Blue Jackets about their opening.

If Laviolette were to land with either team this would be his sixth head coaching job in his career. He’s also spent time behind the bench for the Islanders, Hurricanes, Flyers, Predators, and Capitals.

May 21, 11:40 a.m.

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 frontrunner for the Blueshirts job.

Babcock, meanwhile, may be a bit of a polarizing hire if 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 given permission to talk with Maple Leafs assistant coach Spencer Carbery, per Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman. 

Carbery is also believed to be speaking with the Anaheim Ducks and Washington Capitals.

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

May 17, 12:07 p.m.

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.

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

An assistant coach with the Rangers from 2009-13, Sullivan led the Penguins to back-to-back Stanley Cup championships in 2016-17.

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