Ex-Rangers, Golden Knights head coach Gallant ‘eager’ for new NHL job

Ex-Rangers, Golden Knights head coach Gallant 'eager' for new NHL job

Gerard Gallant isn’t ready to call it quits on his NHL head coaching career just yet.

The former Vegas Golden Knights and New York Rangers bench boss recently told The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun that he is “eager” to coach again and will be paying close attention if any vacancies arise throughout the 2023-24 campaign.

Gallant spent the past two campaigns in the Big Apple, amassing a 99-46-19 record. The Rangers made the Eastern Conference Final in his first season behind the bench but tumbled out of the first round this past spring, losing a seven-game series to the New Jersey Devils.

The 60-year-old said after his team’s hasty exit in May that he did enough to keep his job, adding that if he couldn’t stand by his track record with the Rangers, then “there’s something wrong.” New York and Gallant parted ways shortly after reports emerged that he and general manager Chris Drury had a heated altercation after the club’s Game 4 loss.

Prior to joining the Rangers, Gallant served as the Golden Knights’ first-ever head coach. Vegas made the Stanley Cup Final in its inaugural campaign in 2017-18 under his direction but replaced Gallant during his third season in January 2020.

Gallant also spent time as the head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Florida Panthers. He owns an all-time record of 369-262-4-70.

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