Rangers Roundup: Bob Hartley on Blueshirts coaching job, Connor McDavid dreaming, and more

By Anthony Scultore
Bob Hartley (NHLI/Getty Images)

The New York Rangers are still doing their due diligence when looking for a coach. One potential candidate is former Avalanche coach Bob Hartley. When asked point blank about rumors, he provided an expected response.

Bob Hartley avoids New York Rangers coaching question

Kyle Hall of Belly Up Sports asked Latvia’s head coach Bob Hartley about his rumored connection to the Rangers coaching job. “We are at the World Championships,” he said. “My focus is on Team Latvia.”

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. 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

Connor McDavid dreaming

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Mar 18, 2021; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid (97) celebrates a second period goal, his second off the game against the Winnipeg Jets at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

Connor McDavid was eliminated last night by the Jets. After a 105 point regular season which McDavid himself said “means nothing,” they were swept. This has sparked trade talk from almost every hockey fan base, including the New York Rangers.

McDavid on Broadway is a dream. Matter of fact, it’s probably even Gary Bettman’s dream. The problem is there’s little chance the Oilers will trade the greatest player in their franchise history….AGAIN! Listen, I enjoy good speculation but unless McDavid publicly states trade me right now I just don’t ever see it happening.

Needless to say, I will dare to construct a trade package scenario later today.

Editor’s Note: Apparently some folks are bent out of shape by the line: The problem is there’s little chance the Oilers will trade the greatest player in their franchise history….AGAIN! – I’ll admit I probably should have added a word like current in front of greatest player just to be clearer. The point was Edmonton already traded away the greatest player the game has ever known in Wayne Gretzky so I doubt they would go down that road again. For those of you that have messaged me either on social media or the contact form, you may now go about your day looking for something else on the internet to make you angry. Thank you.

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