David Quinn would be the favorite

The head coaching carousel in the NHL has been in full swing since the start of the offseason. Whether it was interim coaches who attained full-time status (Martin St-Louis, Bruce Boudreau, and Jay Woodcroft), interim coaches who didn’t carry on (Andrew Brunette, Derek King, and Mike Yeo), or layoffs (Bruce Cassidy and Peter DeBoer, among others), drew it behind the benches of the NHL.

A total of exactly 12 teams had to find a full-time coach for the 2022/23 season.

And even with nine of the 12 positions filled, there are still the Bruins, the Jets and the Red Wings who haven’t found their shop steward yet.

The picture is taking shape, however, and there would be a clear favorite for Boston at the moment: David Quinn.

This is reported by TFP’s Shawn Hutcheon.

Quinn, former Rangers head coach and current Team USA head coach, is one candidate who has been in the Bruins job rumors for quite some time. He was at the helm of Rangers between 2018-19 and 2020-21 (when Jeff Gorton was the team’s GM) but failed to lead the team to the playoffs.

Rangers were in the bubble in the qualifiers (the 3 of 5 series) in 2020, but they didn’t win, so they didn’t officially make the playoffs. They had also made the first choice in the following draft and selected Alexis Lafrenière with this.

Elliotte Friedman also noted that Quinn was a strong contender for Boston, but he also mentioned the name of Jim Montgomery, who would also be at the top of the race. Is Quinn plan A and Montgomery plan B?

And as for the jets, Friedman had them too the information on the subject. After Barrydios (who was presumably their first pick) said he didn’t want to practice next season, the team reportedly spoke to Andrew Brunette, who was (interim) leading the Panthers that season. last.

Paul Maurice in Florida and Andrew Brunette (possibly) in Winnipeg, that would almost be a “coaching deal”.

Otherwise, Friedman also says he’s watching Jeff Halpern and Derek Lalonde, Jon Cooper’s two main assistants in Tampa Bay, who should draw some attention. The chances that one of the two will get a chance elsewhere seem high.

Anyhow, we’ll see if these rumors ultimately turn into attitudes, but the carousel obviously seems to be coming to an end soon. Despite being with the Red Wings, Steve Yzerman manages to keep it all very hermetically…


“The most important thing is that he got it in the end.

– I like.

– Well deserved.

– Considering that Slafkovsky, Cooley, Nemec, Jiricek, Gauthier and the others are not there, a chance that it is he who has won this honor!

– A designated folder for the Clippers.

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