New York — The Rangers hired Boston University’s David Quinn as their new head coach Wednesday, the second college coach hired by an NHL team this month and third in the past four years.
Quinn replaces Alain Vigneault, who was fired hours after the Rangers missed the playoffs for the first time since 2010. An introductory news conference was scheduled for today.
“In a coaching career that has spanned over two decades at the collegiate, pro, and international level, David has helped his teams achieve success while simultaneously teaching the game and helping his players develop on and off the ice,” general manager Jeff Gorton said.
“He is the ideal choice to bring our loyal and passionate fans the winning hockey they deserve.”
The 51-year-old Quinn coached Boston University to four NCAA Tournament appearances in five seasons, including a trip to the national title game in 2015.
He spent the lockout-shortened 2013 NHL season as an assistant on Joe Sacco’s staff with the Avalanche.
“David brings a diverse and successful coaching resume that includes extensive work in developing young talent,” Rangers owner James Dolan said.
“I am confident he is an excellent fit for our team, and know he will work tirelessly with (team president Glen Sather), Jeff and our entire organization to execute our plan to build the next Rangers Stanley Cup-contending team.”
The retooling Rangers are the latest team to dip into the college ranks for a coach after the Flyers hired Dave Hakstol from North Dakota in 2015 and the Dallas Stars hired Jim Montgomery from the University of Denver in early May.
Before Hakstol, it had been 28 years since a coach made the jump from the NCAA to the NHL.
Kane close to deal
The Sharks are closing in on a seven-year contract with Evander Kane that will keep the high-scoring forward off the free-agent market.
Kane, who turns 27 in August, was acquired from Buffalo at the trade deadline.
Under the terms of that trade, the Sabres will now get a first-round pick in 2019 instead of a second-rounder because Kane signed with San Jose. The selection is lottery-protected, so it could be moved to 2020.
Kane’s status was one of the biggest questions heading into this offseason for the Sharks, who were knocked out of the playoffs in the second round against eventual Western Conference champion Vegas.