Rangers’ massive housecleaning continues with firing of David Quinn
James Dolan’s New York Rangers fired president John Davidson and general manager Jeff Gorton last week, and now head coach David Quinn is on the way out after three seasons.
Larry Brooks of the New York Post reported the news, and the Rangers have since confirmed it:
OFFICIAL: #NYR President and General Manager Chris Drury has announced that Rangers Head Coach David Quinn and Assistant Coaches David Oliver, Jacques Martin and Greg Brown have been relieved of their coaching duties.
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) May 12, 2021
Assistant coaches David Oliver, Jacques Martin, and Greg Brown have also been canned, as noted, but goalie coach Benoit Allaire is sticking around … at least for now.
It has been a whirlwind few weeks for the Rangers organization. In addition to this housecleaning that resulted in Chris Drury taking over as president and general manager, there was a lot of drama with the Washington Capitals.
That drama may have played a role in the big changes. After Capitals goon Tom Wilson failed to get suspended for several dirty plays against the Rangers, New York sent out a harshly worded statement aimed at the NHL for its decision. Dolan was reportedly behind the statement, while Davidson and Gorton tried to distance themselves from it.
After the firings, which came right after the Rangers were eliminated from playoff contention, New York and Washington engaged in multiple brawls on the ice. It was pure chaos.
The Rangers finished this season with a 27-23-6 record, which gave them 60 points.
Quinn failed to get New York to the postseason in each of his three seasons with the franchise. The Rangers will now look to somebody else as they overhaul this organization. There’s certainly plenty of work to do for Drury.