5/12/18 | 2:14PM: Larry Brooks writes in the New York Post that David Quinn of Boston University is till a "viable candidate" to become coach of the Rangers.
Brooks adds that it is believed Jeff Gorton is waiting to speak with coaches who remain in either the AHL or NHL playoffs. (NY Post)
11:36AM: Elliotte Friedman writes that it should not be a surprise if the next coach of the Rangers has not been a head coach in the NHL before. (Sportsnet)
Friedman mentioned D.J. Smith, an assistant in Toronto, and noted that Smith was the head coach in Oshawa Generals when they won the Memorial Cup in 2015 and that Adam Graves is a part owner of the Generals. (Sportsnet)
Smith was an assistant for two Memorial Cup championships with Windsor in 2009 and 2010, head coach of Oshawa for three seasons and has spent the past three seasons as an assistant to Mike Babcock in Toronto. (Sportsnet)
5/9/18 | Rick Carpiniello of The Athletic took a look at where he thinks the Rangers may be in their coaching search right now and noted that he wouldn't be surprised if the person chosen to replace Alain Vigneault "comes completely out of left field."
Carpiniello writes that based upon conversations he has had, he doesn't believe that Dave Tippett is in the conversation and that Sheldon Keefe of Toronto's AHL team and Scott Gordon, of Philly's AHL team, have not been ruled out but are not "serious contenders." (The Athletic)
Gordon, the former Islanders head coach, was first mentioned by Larry Brooks as a possibility to potentially replace Alain Vigneault and noted that he and Jeff Gorton were in the Bruins organization at the same time. (NY Post)
Carpiniello writes that Scott Sandelin of Minnesota-Duluth could still be in the conversation to replace Vigneault. (The Athletic)
For more on what Carpiniello wrote, visit The Athletic.
James Dolan has said that the Rangers are going to hire a coach that can help develop players.
Adam Rotter: There is a sense that some people have that the next coach of the Rangers could come from a group of AHL coaches like Todd Nelson, Dallas Eakins, Pascal Vincent, Sheldon Keefe or NHL assistants like Kirk Muller, Joe Sacco, Brad Shaw and maybe a couple of others. Those are a lot of names but it's a group full of coaches looking for a second chance at being a head coach and development coaches that could fit with where the Rangers are and going. Jeff Gorton has mentioned how guys in their second turn as head coaches have been successful, like Bruce Cassidy and Mike Sullivan, and there is a feeling that the Rangers want to go that route as opposed to going with someone more experienced. I like Tippett and think he should be considered, but the Rangers seem to have a certain vision for the kind of person they want to replace Alain Vigneault and he may not be it. With the Rangers keeping everything quiet it leads to all sorts of wondering and lots of questions about who it could ultimately be and with no pressure until the last week of June to actually have a coach, this could be an ongoing situation.