Rangers Roundup: David Quinn to coach Sharks, Wolf Pack schedule, and more

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Dec 31, 2019; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers Head Coach David Quinn is seen on the players bench as they played the Edmonton Oilers during the second period at Rogers Place. Oilers won the game 7-5. Mandatory Credit: Walter Tychnowicz-USA TODAY Sports

When the New York Rangers let go of head coach David Quinn at the end of the 2020-21 campaign, he was actually pretty shocked.

“That was a crazy year, there was so many things going on behind the scenes,” Quinn revealed on the Cam and Strick Podcast. “That being said, in my conversations with the Rangers before I got let go I asked one question, ‘Did we overachieve, underachieve, or do what we should’ve done this year,’ and the answer I got was, ‘We probably overachieved a little bit.’ Then I said, ‘What the f*** are we talking about!’”

Well, it looks like Quinn will get another chance behind an NHL bench.

David Quinn to coach San Jose Sharks

David Quinn
Nov 7, 2019; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers head coach David Quinn looks on from behind the players bench against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Rangers won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Quinn, 55, made his mark in the NCAA as Boston University’s head coach from 2013-14 to 2017-18. During his time there he compiled a record of 100-59-20. In addition, he won two Hockey East tournament titles, a Beanpot championship and a NCAA national championship game berth. 

When he took over the Rangers in 2019, they were still in rebuild mode. Three seasons later he was let go as the organization made sweeping changes that also saw President John Davidson and GM Jeff Gorton dismissed.

As head coach of the Blueshirts he amassed a record of 96-87-25 and a .522 winning percentage.

Late on Thursday, Elliotte Friedman noted that the San Jose Sharks were “zeroing in on” Quinn. Former Rangers executive Mike Grier, is now the GM and is familiar with the head coach.

Sheng Peng of NBC followed up the report, which was then confirmed by Kevin Weekes that the deal is done. It is believed to be a 3-year deal.

One of Quinn’s former players, defenseman Brendan Smith spoke highly of him to the AP.

“I really think Quinny can be a great coach in the NHL,” Smith said. “The situation he was put in was an un-winnable situation.”

Quinn will replace Bob Boughner, who was fired on July 1 along with the rest of his coaching staff after finishing 32-37-13 and missing the playoffs for the third straight season.

This past season, Quinn replaced Penguins coach’ Mike Sullivan as head coach of Team USA at the Winter Olympics in Beijing. Unfortunately, the team failed to medal in the tournament.

Wolf Pack release schedule

The Hartford Wolf Pack released their full schedule on Thursday which can be viewed here.

For tickets, visit www.hartfordwolfpack.com/tickets.

Per the team’s press release:

HARTFORD, CT – The Hartford Wolf Pack, in conjunction with the American Hockey League, has announced the club’s full schedule for the 2022-23 AHL regular season.

The club’s 26th season begins with a pair of road games against the division rival Charlotte Checkers on Friday, October 14th (7:00 p.m.) and Saturday, October 15th (6:00 p.m.). This marks the first time since the 2014-15 season that the Wolf Pack will start on the road.

The Pack will host their home opener on Saturday, October 22nd at 7:00 p.m. when the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins come to town for the first of three visits on the season.

The Hartford Wolf Pack will be looking to make the playoffs for the first time since 2015.

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