Gerard Gallant upset by rumors Rangers may fire him

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Gerard Gallant addressed rumors that the New York Rangers are looking to replace him as head coach.

“I can’t believe I have to answer some of these questions about me being let go, or getting fired, brought up by the media,” an upset Gallant responded.

“Disappointing.”

During his breakup day interview, the 59 year-old veteran bench boss of 11 seasons cited his record over two years on Broadway which included a run to the Eastern Conference Finals.

“We averaged a 108 points which is excellent,” he added. “This year we lost in the first round. Did I have a tough two weeks? Did we have a tough two weeks? Yeah.”

UPDATE: Rangers part ways with Gerard Gallant

Gerard Gallant upset about firing rumors

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Gallant just finished the second year of a four-year contract that runs through the 2024-25 season. A lifetime .576 points percentage as head coach, his first two seasons in New York have been a big success. Despite a 13-14 mark in the playoffs, Gallant’s record with the Rangers is 99-46-19 and .662 points percentage.

When it comes to all this speculation that he’s about to be fired, Gallant fiercely backed his accomplishments since being hired in 2021.

“I’ve got no reason to think anything besides what people put out there,” Gallant remarked. “I see the same posts as you guys but nobody from this organization told me anything. I’m coming in here after two excellent years. We had one bad week and it cost us. If I can’t stand by my record and what I’ve done there’s something wrong. But we’re in New York and people put things out there.”

As for his players, for the most part they’re backing Gallant.

“He’s a guy that players respect,” captain Jacob Trouba said. “He’s been through a lot of situations as a player and a coach. He’s a guy players enjoy playing for.”

Another veteran, Barclay Goodrow shared similar sentiments.

“It’s been good,” he explained. “He’s a coach that lets you go out there and do your thing. He’s earned a lot of respect. He’s been good.”

Chris Drury has yet to address the media. We will update this article with his comments when available.

Anthony Scultore is the founder of Forever Blueshirts and has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL... More about Anthony Scultore