Canes’ Brind’Amour will coach Metro at All-Star Game over Rangers’ Gallant
New York Rangers head coach Gerard Gallant is having a fantastic first season. Not only has he surprised the entire NHL with his young charges, but he has the Blueshirts tied for second overall in points at 50.
The NHL named the four divisional head coaches Tuesday for the Feb. 4-5 All-Star weekend in Las Vegas.
Andrew Brunette of the Florida Panthers (Atlantic), Jared Bednar of the Colorado Avalanche (Central), Rod Brind’Amour of the Carolina Hurricanes (Metropolitan) and Peter DeBoer of the Vegas Golden Knights (Pacific) were selected based on having the highest winning percentages in their respective divisions through Monday.
Gerard Gallant is having an All-Star season
Gallant, 58, has steered the Rangers to an excellent 23-10-4 record.
He most certainly is having an All-Star worthy season. But based on how the NHL decided its coaches for the festivities, no one can say he was snubbed.
Turk, as he’s affectionately known, has done a good job mixing in the new faces and identifying roles for players. When the team was struggling early on, he instilled enough confidence in the group to find ways to win.
“I think (Gallant) brings a good attitude,” Trouba credited his coach. “He expects you to work hard. If you make a mistake it’s not the end of the world, but you’re expected to bring a certain level of effort and show up for work every day. When things are needed to be said, he says them and when they don’t, he lets you play hockey. That’s pretty nice as a player.”
The All-Star skills competition will take place on Feb. 4, followed by the All-Star Game the following day.
The All-Star rosters, as voted on by the fans, will be revealed this Thursday at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” and Sportsnet’s “Hockey Central.”
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