New York Rangers officially announce coaching staff
The New York Rangers officially announced Peter Laviolette’s coaching staff on Friday morning.
Per the press release, Phil Housley will join as the team’s associate coach. Meanwhile, Michael Peca and Dan Muse will take on the role of assistant coaches.
There’s a key difference here because Housley has more authority than both Peca and Muse. Usually, that also means if the head coach is unavailable or dismissed, the associate coach is most likely to fill the position.
All three have a prior relationship with Laviolette.
Rangers make coaching staff official
Housley, 59, has the most coaching experience of the group and is also a Hall-of-Fame defenseman with 1232 points in 1495 games. He was most recently an assistant coach with the Arizona Coyotes from 2019-22 and was the head coach of the Buffalo Sabres for two season from 2017-19.
Muse, 40, is an up-and-coming coach that led Team USA U-18 group to multiple World Championships. He also guided the Chicago Steel to a USHL championship in 2016-17 and the Yale Bulldogs to an NCAA title in 2013.
Both Housley and Muse served as assistant coaches to Laviolette with the Nashville Predators.
Peca, 49, played 14 seasons in the NHL split between the Islanders, Buffalo Sabres, Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Columbus Blue Jackets. While with the Isles, he played for Laviolette as team captain from 2001 to 2003. During his playing time, he amassed 176 goals and 289 assists for 465 points in 864 regular-season games.
After retiring in 2009, Peca moved on to coaching, where he’s been an assistant with the AHL’s Rochester Americans in charge of their forwards and power play the last two years.