Rangers GM Chris Drury discusses Gerard Gallant decision, coaching search

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January 25, 2023; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; New York Rangers head coach Gerard Gallant speaks with his players during a break in the third period in a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena. / Dan Hamilton-USA Sports

after the head coach Gerard Gallant And this rangers “Parting Ways” chris drury Gave some insight on the decision and the future of the team.

Drury speaking to the media on a conference call — through lohad – Shortly after the decision was made to move forward with a new Rangers coach, said that both parties felt the change was “beneficial” after several discussions.

This, of course, comes after reports that Gallant and Drew had a heated confrontation after the Rangers fell to the Devils in Game 4, tying the series 2-2. This led many to speculate that the first round exit would to changes behind the bench.

The speculation turned out to be true, but Drew remained silent on what happened behind the scenes.

“I'm not going to go into specific details with any private conversations,” Drury said.

Instead, Drury wanted to make it clear that while assessing who was to blame for the early exit, he placed it on the team.

“We win as a team and lose as a team,” he said. rid.”

In a statement following the official announcement of Gallant's departure, Drury said, “After my assessment of the season and discussions with Gerrard, we mutually came to the conclusion that a change would be beneficial to both parties. I wish him and I convey my best wishes to his .” in future. Our search for a new head coach will begin immediately.”

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In regards to the search for an upcoming head coach, Drury stated that he wanted to be as thorough as he and the organization could be but would have no timetable or stylistic preferences.

“I'm just looking for the right fit,” Drury said. “We're just not going to limit ourselves to any particular type of or coach or experience.”

In two seasons with the Rangers, Gallant had a regular season record of 99–46–19. The Rangers played in the Eastern Conference Finals just last year under Gallant's tenure. With a win-now team, Drury and the organization believed it best that a new voice lead the group to its first Stanley Cup since 1994.