Breaking down early contenders for Islanders’ coaching job

Breaking down early contenders for Islanders’ coaching job

A look at potential candidates for the Islanders’ head-coaching vacancy after Lou Lamoriello on Tuesday fired coach Doug Weight and GM Garth Snow: Alain Vigneault: Having just been fired by the Rangers after five mostly successful years (with some veteran-heavy teams), Vigneault…

Ranking the greatest saves in Stanley Cup playoff history

Ranking the greatest saves in Stanley Cup playoff history

It was a spectacular save all right, perhaps to be remembered as the series-changing event that kick-started the Capitals to their first Stanley Cup championship. But only recency bias (or in this case, immediacy bias) can account for folks calling Braden Holtby’s lunging…

What was Team USA thinking in hiring Vanbiesbrouck? Or was it?

What was Team USA thinking in hiring Vanbiesbrouck? Or was it?

USA Hockey’s decision to make John Vanbiesbrouck one of its most prominent faces and forces by hiring the former Rangers (and Islanders and Devils) goaltender as assistant executive director of hockey operations is, at best, a tone-deaf call and, at worst, a…

David Quinn will instill in Rangers what their old coach let slip

David Quinn will instill in Rangers what their old coach let slip

They were talking about practice at Thursday’s introductory press conference for David Quinn. The 35th coach of the Rangers talked about practice, so did general manager Jeff Gorton, and so did lettermen Kevin Shattenkirk and Kevin Hayes, both of whom are familiar…

The moment the hockey world learned David Quinn was for real

The moment the hockey world learned David Quinn was for real

With 4:08 remaining in the third period of the 2009 national championship game and Boston University trailing underdog Miami of Ohio, 3-1, associate head coach David Quinn approached his boss, Jack Parker, and offered a bold and unconventional observation. “The next offensive…

Rangers closing in on hiring B.U.’s David Quinn as coach

Rangers closing in on hiring B.U.’s David Quinn as coach

David Quinn, as reported consistently in this space, had remained a leading candidate to succeed Alain Vigneault behind the Rangers bench through these last two-plus weeks even after telling folks he would remain as head coach of B.U. in the wake of…

Islanders’ courtship of Lou Lamoriello is taking shape

Islanders’ courtship of Lou Lamoriello is taking shape

Where there is smoke, there is fire. And so it is with the mutual interest between the Islanders and the legendary Lou Lamoriello. As reports out of Canada — see: Toronto — said Friday night, there have been some ancillary conversations had…

There’s an inevitable sadness to these Stanley Cup playoffs

There’s an inevitable sadness to these Stanley Cup playoffs

Somehow, the early part of this year’s NHL playoffs feels way too much like the NBA. What has made hockey’s postseason so intriguing over the years is its intensity, and in low-scoring games, that means anyone can win — and every series…

Team USA gig won’t hurt coach’s strong Rangers candidacy

Team USA gig won’t hurt coach’s strong Rangers candidacy

Boston University’s David Quinn has been named the head coach for Team USA in the 2019 World Junior Championships, but he nevertheless remains a strong candidate for the Rangers’ job, sources have told The Post. The 51-year-old Quinn, who has guided the…

Henrik Lundqvist could’ve left at trade deadline if he wanted to

Henrik Lundqvist could’ve left at trade deadline if he wanted to

The Rangers presented Henrik Lundqvist with the option of moving at the trade deadline, but the 36-year-old franchise goaltender declined while citing his commitment to the club’s rebuild, Garden executive chairman Jim Dolan told The Post on Wednesday. “We told Hank that…

Rangers owner reveals what he wants in the next coach

Rangers owner reveals what he wants in the next coach

The Rangers are clear about the qualities they are seeking in a head coach to lead them through their rebuild. “We’re looking for someone who can develop players and develop a team,” Garden executive chairman Jim Dolan told The Post during a…

The Rangers’ other trade chip found hockey heaven

The Rangers’ other trade chip found hockey heaven

The other guys, namely Rick Nash and Michael Grabner and Nick Holden and Ryan McDonagh, you knew they were going and you knew why. But J.T. Miller? J.T. Miller is the 25-year-old power winger a team does what it can to acquire,…

Top-flight NCAA coach could be outside-the-box Rangers pick

Top-flight NCAA coach could be outside-the-box Rangers pick

It’s not as if David Quinn is frequently circulating his résumé, and it’s not as if the Rangers are knocking down the door of Boston University’s head coach to replace Alain Vigneault as they continue their rebuild while searching for new voice…

Scott Stevens is just the leader the Rangers need

Scott Stevens is just the leader the Rangers need

If the Rangers are seeking a coach who can teach while re-establishing a no-nonsense culture and hard-edged identity on Broadway, then management should simply look across the river to where Scott Stevens lives. The Devils logo that the Greatest 100 defenseman wore…

Rangers need a stud or two or quick turnaround won’t happen

Rangers need a stud or two or quick turnaround won’t happen

Regarding the Rangers, I am reminded of Joe Namath’s tale of his first meeting with Bear Bryant. As a high-school recruit, Joe Willie has related many times, he was invited to ascend the tower from which the fabled Alabama coach oversaw practice….

Rangers players do not seem too broken up about Alain Vigneault

Rangers players do not seem too broken up about Alain Vigneault

The Rangers essentially held a two-month breakup day, where players had to reflect and explain away a disappointing season and rationalize management’s decision to begin rebuilding. By the time the actual breakup day rolled around Tuesday, the emotion had been drained into…

The Islanders question John Tavares must answer in free agency

The Islanders question John Tavares must answer in free agency

There was nothing about Monday’s breakup day press conference that gave the impression anything in or around the Islanders is changing. It was the same defeated rhetoric that has been spewed year after disappointing year. As much as Jon Ledecky said that…

Rangers eliminate a few wild cards in narrowing coach search

Rangers eliminate a few wild cards in narrowing coach search

The search for Alain Vigneault’s successor will take the Rangers “wherever we can find the best possible coach,” general manager Jeff Gorton said Monday, ruling out only those without any experience behind the bench. “We’ll look anywhere,” Gorton said. “I think ‘fresh’…

Alain Vigneault strikes a more thankful tone the day after firing

Alain Vigneault strikes a more thankful tone the day after firing

Just over 24 hours after his unique soliloquy in which Alain Vigneault proudly, defiantly, meticulously and pre-emptively declared himself a coaching success wherever he’d worked in the NHL, the former coach of the Rangers struck a somewhat different tone in a statement…

The best tiebreaker for the NHL? A Game 83

The best tiebreaker for the NHL? A Game 83

PHILADELPHIA — Who knows if the NHL kind of came up on the fly with this now not-necessary, triple tie-break, play-in game between the Flyers and Panthers, but the league should adopt a Game 83 whenever teams are tied in points and…

Rangers made best choice by changing coach

Rangers made best choice by changing coach

PHILADELPHIA — Alain Vigneault’s unprecedented, unsolicited and passionate defense of his entire NHL coaching career following the Rangers’ white-flag 5-0 defeat to the playoff-clinching Flyers in the finale of this miserable season, which sapped the organization’s spirit, can now be seen only…

Rangers fire coach Alain Vigneault

Rangers fire coach Alain Vigneault

PHILADELPHIA — In retrospect, this was an act of desperation, one last grasp at something that was slipping through Alain Vigneault’s fingers. Ultimately, all the pleading wasn’t enough. The Rangers fired Vigneault as their head coach on Saturday night just hours after…