4/26/18 | 12:48PM: Elliotte Friedman writes at Sportsnet that he doesn't think the Rangers or Dallas Stars are in any hurry to name a new coach.
4/13/18 | Jeff Gorton was asked multiple times on Tuesday whether there was a timeline to have a coach by a certain point and said that they weren't putting dates on anything.
Gorton said "we will meet our best candidates, spend time with them and when we make the decision we will let you know."
He noted that it isn't necessary to have a coach for the NHL Draft but did say that it would be ideal to have someone hired by the time free agency happened so that potential players would know who they were playing for.
Gorton said that the Rangers will go through their process, get ideas from various people, look for insight they may not have and "go from there."
Ken Hitchcock just announced his retirement as head coach of the Dallas Stars, making Dallas the only other team besides the Rangers to have a head coach opening.
Alain Vigneault could possibly be a candidate for the Stars job. Vigneualt was down to the Rangers and Stars in 2013 before he joined the Rangers.
Adam Rotter: With most people, early on, thinking that AV could land in Dallas, the opening with the Stars really doesn't change anything from the Rangers point of view. Things could change and AV might not go there, but that would be a good fit with a veteran team, lots of skill and likely the chance to return to the playoffs.
As for the Rangers, it seems like they can take their time and let things play out with assistant coaches that might still be in the playoffs and AHL and coaches in juniors going through the same. There is the Barry Trotz element that could come into play if the Caps don't go far, but even in Washington it seems like associate coach Todd Reirden is the one likely to get that job. Ultimately, if the Rangers are the only team looking for a coach then they can go through as many interviews and take as long as they want. More than likely I think the Rangers will have a coach in place by mid-late May unless the guy they want is still coaching, then it could take into June.