Chris Drury and Gerard Gallant met yesterday and according to Pierre LeBrun the interview went well. There is likely to be another conversation but Gallant is heading to Lativa to coach Team Canada at the World Championships.
Leading candidate Gerard Gallant gets quick interview
On Wednesday, we wrote that an interview was coming quickly based off reports from Darren Dreger. “The New York Rangers have been granted permission by the Vegas Golden Knights to interview Gerard Gallant,” he said. “So clearly he is one of the top candidates in the process that has been started by Chris Drury.”
“The timing has more to do with the travel plans for Gallant,” Dreger explained. “He is on his way to Latvia this weekend. So the New York Rangers would at least want to spend some time, and have at least one conversation with Gerard Gallant before he begins taking on the responsibility of running Canada at the World Men’s Hockey Championship.”
The 57 year-old Gallant is on many NHL team’s short list of candidates. He had three stop in the NHL with Columbus, Florida, and Vegas. He was a smashing success for the expansion Golden Knights taking them to the Stanley Cup Finals in their first season.
His career coaching record is 270-216-4-51 with a winning percentage of .550 and an 18-15 playoff record.
Rangers expected to interview 3-4 more candidates
Pierre LeBrun followed up his tweet about Gallant’s interview going well with a note that the Rangers will interview at least 3-4 more candidates.
Based on BetOnline.ag, Gerard Gallant is a 5/2 favorite to get the Blueshirts coaching job. If we use their odds, the next three to four interviews could be Bob Hartley, Bruce Boudreau, John Tortorella, and Claude Julien.
- Gerard Gallant 5/2
- Bob Hartley 7/2
- Bruce Boudreau 5/1
- John Tortorella 7/1
- Claude Julien 8/1
- Patrick Roy 9/1
- Kris Knoblauch 10/1
- Lane Lambert 12/1
- Mark Messier 12/1
- Mike Babcock 12/1
- Rick Tocchet 12/1
- Joel Bouchard 18/1
- Rod Brind’Amour 25/1
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