Jeff Gorton said, after Alain Vigneault was let go, that the Rangers would plan to speak with a number of candidates but that "I think someone is going to have to convince me and our group that they should be the next coach of the Rangers."
At the time, Gorton said that the Rangers were looking for "highly qualified individuals" that would be more "hands on" with the young players on the roster.
Gorton said that the Rangers want to be a "fast, exciting, skilled team that competes hard every night" and competes for "each other."
Overall, when asked if the Rangers would target a younger coach, Gorton said, "we need to find the best person and someone who can gives us that fresh perspective and get to our identity. As far as age, there is not really a requirement, we just want the best person to come in and get us going."
Elliotte Friedman said on the 31 Thoughts podcast that the Rangers were looking for "something new" and that it wouldb't be surprised if he hasn't been an NHL coach before. (Sportsnet)
Gorton said that "fresh" was a good way to describe the type of coach the Rangers were looking to hire, someone with a "progressive mind" and can develop players.
James Dolan said that the Rangers were looking at hiring a coach that can develop players and get them to play at a higher level.
Adam Rotter: Quinn appears to fit a lot of the qualities the Rangers were looking for, especially the developmental part. Quinn has been able to recruit top talent to BU and help those players turn into first round picks and then NHLers. We will see how that translates to the NHL and how he is able to work with a group of core players that range from Henrik Lundqvist to Brady Skjei to, of course, Chytil and Andersson. The Rangers are making a big commitment to Quinn so he will have time to adjust, work things out and develop a style and mentality that will bring the Rangers back where they want to be.