In the NY Post, Larry Brooks lists the following 10 names as possible candidates to replace Alain Vigneault:
- No NHL Head Coaching experience: Jim Montgomery of U of Denver, David Quinn of BU, Rick Bennett of Union College, Sheldon Keefe of the Toronto Marlies.
- Unemployed Stanley Cup Winners: Dan Bylsma, Darryl Sutter
- Unemployed Playoff coaches: Dave Tippett, Patrick Roy
- Still Employed coaches: Bill Peters
- Former Rangers coaches who are employed: John Tortorella, with Brooks writing "Unlikely to become available, but if somehow he does if Columbus goes down early, Rangers could become interested in reunion."
Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers need a coach that can "relate to young players" and understands who to develop them. (NY Post)
Adam Rotter: There was a time, a couple of years ago, where I really thought John Tortorella could follow Alain Vigneault as head coach. Now with Torts in Columbus and making the playoffs, it seems very unlikely he would become available and even if he did, it's unknown if the Rangers would have had interest.
As for the others, Patrick Roy would be a very out of the box choice but he had a lot of control in Colorado and things still didn't work out. There is intrigue and excitement about the guys with no experience but I'm not sure the Rangers will want to entrust their rebuild to someone without NHL experience. Keefe though, is an interesting option but some think he will follow Leafs AGM Kyle Dubas if Dubas moves on from Toronto to take over his own team.
Tippett is the name that jumps out to me. He went through a ton of strange things in Arizona but he's a good coach with a lot of experience. Sutter is intriguing because he has two Stanley Cups and his teams play defense. Peters, to me, is the really intriguing possible candidate. He coached under Mike Babcock for years and while his Carolina teams have not made the playoffs, they have worked hard and had good structure, they just haven't been able to overcome their goaltending or organizational dysfunction. Lindy Ruff could be a candidate as well though it seems likely that the Rangers will want a new coaching staff, with the exception of Benoit Allaire.