Wolf Pack add more NHL experience with Gord Murphy hire

John Davidson (NYR website)

Another piece of the puzzle was added for the upcoming season in Hartford. The Rangers announced the hiring of Gord Murphy as associate head coach for the Wolf Pack.

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Gord Murphy, a 52 year old assistant coach joins the organization following the hiring of head coach Kris Knoblauch. Ironically, both coaches were with the Philadelphia Flyers. The duo worked together in the past and will provide new life for the Hartford prospects.

John Davidson and Chris Drury continue their solid reboot effort for the AHL club. The Wolf Pack now have a truly optimistic outlook for the upcoming season. The real test is when the season begins on how the group fairs when competing against other AHL teams.

Murphy played over 800 NHL games on defense mostly for the Flyers and Panthers. A big rugged and physical defenseman was also able to chip in the occasional offense. He certainly should play a major role in developing the Rangers prospects on defense.

Here’s a few quick thoughts regarding the hiring of the assistant coach for Hartford:

•Impressive to get an NHL level assistant to join the organization for the #AHL aspect. He checks off the experience that JD, Drury want.

•Adds another perspective for the prospects.

•AHL teams have a range of 2-4 assistant coaches. I would like to see just one more, because why not. More eyes, more focus on development & winning.

Ricky Milliner

Currently the Wolf Pack have one head, and one assistant. Ideally, I would like to see one to two more assistant coaches added to the bench. The league benches varies around the league, from just two coaches up to five. Having an additional set of eyes would benefit the group as a whole. Having specialized coaches for the power play, and/or the penalty kill are a great asset.

Will the Rangers add another guy? Is the coaching roster set for Hartford? We will find out before September.

As we approach the new season, Hartford appears to be in a solid spot thanks to the swiftness of John Davidson. The questions remains is whether the organization is done or not regarding additional forces for Hartford.

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