4/26/18 | 10:03PM: Larry Brooks writes in the NY Post that numerous sources have "expressed skepticism" about how ready he might be to be a head coach in the NHL.
Brooks also writes that the Rangers may have interest in talking to Columbus assistant Brad Shaw, though there is a belief he could eventually replace John Tortorella as head coach of the Blue Jackets. (NY Post)
The Rangers offered Shaw the job of assistant coach two-years ago, according to Brooks, but he turned it down with the feeling that joining Columbus would provide a quicker route to being a head coach. (NY Post)
Brooks adds that Jeff Gorton is keeping his list of potential candidates "as confidential as possible." (NY Post)
4/22/18 | 10:04AM:Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe says that the rumor around the Rangers is that they are looking for a "fresh face instead of a retread." (Boston Globe)
He says that Sheldon Keefe of the AHL Marlies and Tim Hunter of Moose Jaw in the WHL are "widely considered the two favorites to make the jump from the junior ranks. (Boston Globe)
Hunter played 815 games in the NHL and was an assistant coach with Washington, San Jose and Toronto before becoming the head coach of Moose Jaw the last three seasons.
He said last June, after getting a contract extension, that he was in it with Moose Jaw for "the long haul." (Discover Moose Jaw)
4/20/18 | According to Larry Brooks, Bill Peters, the former coach of Carolina who is believed to be joining the Flames, was never a candidate for the Rangers head coach opening. (NY Post)
Brooks notes that BU's David Quinn is still considered to be a "strong candidate" for the Rangers opening despite, earlier today, being named Team USA's coach for the World Juniors in 2019. (NY Post)
He notes that AHL coaches Sheldon Keefe, Todd Nelson and Dallas Eakins could be "persons of interest" and adds that the Rangers are believed to be interested in Denver's Jim Montgomery and Minnesota-Duluth's Scott Sandelin. (NY Post)
Eakins went to Edmonton in 2013, coached for one full season and was fired 31 games into the 2014-15 season.
He has spent the past three seasons as head coach of the San Diego Gulls (Ducks AHL).
Adam Rotter: Eakins was Sheldon Keefe before Sheldon Keefe and was looked at as the person who was going to bring the Oilers back to glory. Things didn't work out nearly at all but he's had success with the Ducks AHL team and will get a second chance at some point. It's possible that second chance comes with a promotion from the Ducks after they were swept, but either way, he is an interesting candidate. Todd Nelson replaced Eakins and possibly would have stayed in Edmonton but Todd McLellan became available. Since then, Nelson went to Detroit's AHL team, won a Calder Cup and has had 40+ wins each year. He has a ton of head coaching experience in the AHL, was an assistant in Atlanta when Ilya Kovalchuk was there, if that matters, and seems deserving of a real chance at being a head coach in the NHL. Jeff Gorton noted that certain teams have had success with coaches in their second run and that could bode well for someone like Eakins, Nelson or possibly Kirk Muller if the Rangers have interest.