Elliotte Friedman lists Sweden's National coach Rikard Gronborg as someone who may draw interest as a potential assistant coach. (Sportsnet)
Gronborg has been part of Sweden's hockey program since 2006-07 and has been a head coach or assistant coach with many of their National teams since 2010-11.
Gronborg has coached or been around:
- Henrik Lundqvist: World Championships (2008, 2017) Olympics (2010, 2014), World Cup (2016)
- Lias Andersson: World Championships (2018)
- Mika Zibanejad: Under 18s (2010-11) World Juniors (2011-12), World Championships (2018)
Gronborg has reportedly drawn interest from Carolina and Buffalo but said recently that he anticipates staying with the Swedish team. (Aftonbladet)
Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers spoke to Gronberg during their coaching search and that he remains a "potential, albeit long-shot" candidate to join the team as an assistant coach. (NY Post)
Adam Rotter: This would be an interesting hire for the Rangers based upon his history with some of the Rangers most important players. He's well regarded and noted by many as one of the top coaches outside of the NHL and as the Rangers prize player relationships and trust, Gronberg would seem to have that with the Rangers increasing contingent of Swedish players. It makes sense that the Sabres would have interest as they have Alex Nylander and will be adding Rasmus Dahlin with the first pick in the draft.