Rangers Roundup: Gerard Gallant doing the media rounds, and Casey Cizikas free agent?

The Rangers head coach Gerard Gallant is doing the media rounds after his official introduction by the organization. He’s been interviewed for a detailed Q&A by the NY Post, and was on with Bruce Beck of NBC late Sunday evening.

Gerard Gallant doing the media rounds

Gerard Gallant was a star player in the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings prior to becoming a head coach. He’s been successful in all three NHL stops which includes the Columbus Blue Jackets, Florida Panthers, and Vegas Golden Knights. The 57 year-old coach has a record of 270-216-4-51 for a .550 points percentage.

Below is the video clip of his appearance on NHL Network via Twitter:

He was brought in to win, and to make the playoffs and he stated that clearly to the NY Post late last week.

“Well, I want to win a Stanley Cup,” Gallant said. “I never won a Stanley Cup. I enjoy the game, I still have a lot of fun coming to the rink, and I got two grandboys, 4 and 5 years old, and they’re pretty happy to see grandpa coaching an NHL hockey team.”

Check out Steve Serby’s full interview here.

Casey Cizikas on pending free agency

casey cizikas
Feb 8, 2021; New York, NY, USA; Casey Cizikas #53 of the New York Islanders scores at 11:15 of the third period against Igor Shesterkin #31 of the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on February 08, 2021 in New York City. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Bennett/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

One of the top targets in free agency that Chris Drury should look at is Islanders center Casey Cizikas. Yesterday as the team was conducting break up day interviews Cizikas did not want to talk about it. “That’s a conversation for another day,” he said. “I think right now, I’m just focused on being with the guys, spending these last few days before everybody heads their own way.”

His line mates Matt Martin and Cal Clutterbuck both want him to stay but realize the business side of things. Head coach Barry Trotz seemed to have a more definitive opinion. “He’s an Islander,” he said with authority. “You know it and I know it.”

NHL Rumors

Catch up on all the Rumors from last week here.