Rangers Roundup: Betting odds on next Blueshirts coach, Matthew Tkachuk trade talk, and more

Since betting on just about anything these days is easier than ever, one site has released its odds on who the next New York Rangers coach could be.

Odds for next Rangers head coach

SportsBetting.ag has Gerard Gallant as a 5/2 favorite to get the Blueshirts coaching gig. That is followed up by Bob Hartley at 7/2 and Bruce Boudreau at 5/1. Oddly enough, John Tortorella comes in fourth at 7 to 1 odds.

  • 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

NYR Trade Rumors: Matthew Tkachuk

A few days ago Larry Brooks stirred the Blueshirts’ pot with this little blurb:

I have made it clear that I believe the Rangers need to do far more than improve on the margins. I believe they need to hunt for big game to change the dynamic of their top six, and yes, of course if there is any way to pry Matthew Tkachuk out of Calgary that should become Drury’s singular obsession. There is nobody, but nobody, who would be a better fit.

NY Post
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Jan 2, 2020; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames left wing Matthew Tkachuk (19) controls the puck against the New York Rangers during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

I get the idea that he’s laying out. The Rangers need a gritty and in-your-face player like Matthew Tkachuk who can also score. The issue is he’s a top six winger and whether you play him on the left or right wing he’s bumping out either LW Alexis Lafrenière, RW Pavel Buchnevich, or RW Kaapo Kakko.

Let’s not forget, Artemi Panarin is cemented at #1 LW and Kreider has a no move clause. Trading #20 wouldn’t be an easy salary to shed anyway. Also, what do you think it would take to get Tkachuk whom, I heard the Flames have ZERO desire to move? Are you trading Kakko and more to get him? This is just one of those rumors that sounds good but isn’t realistic.

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