Jeff Gorton said last week that "fresh" was a good word to describe the kind of coach the Rangers are looking to hire.
He said that the Rangers are looking for someone with a "progressive mind," make changes on the fly, lead and develop young players.
The Rangers GM noted that lately in the NHL some coaches have had success in their second turns and that the Rangers will "look at anything that might work for us and get us to where we want to go as far as speed and character and getting back to that."
Gorton said that he didn't want to rule anyone out and that in his estimation the Rangers would speak to many different candidates and probably interview between 5 and 10 people.
He said that head coaching experience at some level, NHL, AHL or Junior, would be beneficial because it's a "pretty hard job to learn on the fly." He noted that he doesn't think the Rangers next coach has to have had previous NHL head coaching experience.
Gorton said that getting a "name" coach doesn't matter and that they need to find the "right" coach, someone that can "light a fire under these guys, give us an identity, hold these players accountable and get us on the right path."
When asked if he was looking for someone that was the opposite of Alain Vigneault, Gorton said that with a young team they are looking for someone who can teach and help the group grow together.
James Dolan said that while he believes experience in the NHL is valuable, that will be up to Jeff Gorton and said "we want to get the best guy. I don't care where he comes from. We've got a list of candidates, but it's not closed." (NY Post)
Adam Rotter: He isn't necessarily "fresh" but if Barry Trotz becomes available, which many believe is likely, I think he could be the fit the Rangers are looking for. He's got experience, helped build Nashville's initial run of success, has been good with the Caps and numerous young players have developed under him from Weber, Suter, Hornqvist and Josi in Nashville to guys like Orlov, Kuznetsov, Carlson and others in Washington. He isn't perfect and, like Alain Vigneault, has been an extremely successful regular season coach without much to show in the post season. I think he would be a real option for the Rangers.
There are guys like Trotz, Bylsma and Tippett that have all been around and had success and then other guys at the other end like Sheldon Keefe, Jim Montgomery or David Quinn that don't have any head coaching experience but lots of experience working with young players. The idea of giving someone a second opportunity is also interesting. Mike Sullivan and Bruce Cassidy had big gaps from their first head coaching job to the second. Kirk Muller would be an interesting option, Todd Nelson continues to have success in the AHL and maybe even Adam Oates. Mike Babcock isn't out there to snag so I think the Rangers will take their time, go through as many interviews as they can and make a choice for who they think the next coach should be.