On Thursday May 24, the New York Rangers introduced former Boston University head coach David Quinn as there 35th head coach in team history. They fired Alain Vigneault on April 8 after the team’s first playoff-less season in eight years. Quinn spent five seasons as head coach of the Terriers and posted a record 105-68-21.
Under Quinn’s leadership, the Terriers captured two Hockey East tournament Championships in (2014 and 2018), two Hockey East regular season championships in (2015 and in 2017), and took home the Beanpot in 2015 as well. Boston University had four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances from 2014-2018. He was named Hockey East Coach of the Year as well as named New England Coach of the Year in 2015. That season in 2015, the Terriers had the biggest turnaround in school history, finishing the season 28-8-5, an 18-win improvement. Quinn has a lot to be excited about as he assumes control of New York.
Experience With Youth
One of Quinn’s strong points as a head coach is his extensive experience with young talent. He will be getting that opportunity with the Rangers. They have a lot of young talent on the roster from Mika Zibanejad who had 27 goals, 20 assists, and 47 total points last season to Jimmy Vesey who scored 17 goals and had 11 assists. Kevin Hayes is another young dominate player for the Rangers as he added 25 goals and 19 assists, totaling 44 points last season. Neal Pionk, in limited time for the Rangers, had one goal and 13 assists in his rookie season. With all of this young talent on the roster, Quinn will be able to work his magic and develop these young players into something special for years to come.
Returning the Rangers to the Playoffs
This season the Rangers missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Quinn will look to change that even with a young talented roster as they do still have some veterans that can make for a potent playoff team. Team leader and goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is key to the Rangers success. When he is on, the Rangers are tough to beat. Right Winger Mats Zuccarello has been a very consistent player since entering the league. Last season, he finished with 16 goals and 37 assists, totaling 53 points. Even at 26, Chris Kreider is still young, but has five years of NHL experience and solid play is a bright spot for New York. He had another solid year with 16 goals and 21 assists, 37 total points. Quinn will have many good choices to put on the ice between youngsters as well as veterans. The Rangers are hoping the mixture will bode well for them as they aim to make a run back into the playoffs.
New Style of Coaching
Have to say hats off to General Manager Jeff Gorton and Owner James Dolan on the hire of Quinn as the 35th head coach in New York Rangers history. After the last five seasons with Vigneault, it was time for a change and bringing in a fresh face with a successful collegiate background that works well with the young talent was the right move. Unlike Vigneault, who was laid back and lacked passion and intensity at times, Quinn brings a different side to the Rangers bench. He is vocal and commands the room, putting players on notice if they fail to live up to his expectations. His coaching style also consists of smart and physical play something the team lacked under Vigneault (kind of like the video above).
For a Rangers team that has always been built on a winning tradition, bringing in Quinn could very well be the right move. They are hoping his change of pace coaching style will breed new life into the Big Apple’s team. Quinn will have added pressure with fans heckling him for results. With the talent on the roster, making the playoffs is not an impossible task.