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Next Bruins head coach: David Quinn would be the favorite

The carousel of head coaches in the NHL has been running at full speed since the start of the offseason. Whether it’s interim coaches who have achieved full-time status (Martin St-Louis, Bruce Boudreau and Jay Woodcroft), interim coaches who have not been retained (Andrew Brunette, Derek King and Mike Yeo) or dismissals (Bruce Cassidy and Peter DeBoer, among others), it moved behind the benches of the NHL.

All in all, exactly 12 teams had to find a full-time coach for the 2022-23 season.

And even if nine of the 12 positions have been filled, there are still the Bruins, the Jets and the Red Wings who have not yet found their man of confidence.

However, the picture is starting to take shape, and for Boston, there would be a clear favorite right now: David Quinn.

This is reported by Shawn Hutcheon of TFP.

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

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

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

And as for the Jets, Friedman also had some info on the subject. Now that Barry Trotz (who was presumably their first choice) has said he doesn’t want to coach next season, the team has reportedly spoken to Andrew Brunette, who was at the helm of the Panthers (on an interim basis) the season. last.

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

Otherwise, Friedman also says to watch Jeff Halpern and Derek Lalonde, Jon Cooper’s two main assistants in Tampa Bay, who should attract some attention. The odds of one of the two getting a chance elsewhere seem high.

Anyway, we’ll see if these rumors will eventually turn into hirings, but clearly, the carousel seems to be about to end. Although at the Red Wings, Steve Yzerman manages to keep it all very hermetic…

A lot of

“The 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 won this honor!

– A set folder for the Clippers.

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