Rangers let coaching option they like go, without a fight
The Rangers discovered long ago it is bad policy to attempt to bribe free agents into coming to New York. The same holds true for coaching candidates.
And so while the Blueshirts were very impressed after interviewing Jim Montgomery and considered him a viable candidate to replace Alain Vigneault behind the bench, The Post has learned that general manager Jeff Gorton did not attempt to entice him with an offer once the Denver University coach indicated his preference for remaining in the Midwest.
On Wednesday, five years after Vigneault chose the Rangers over the Stars when each team sought to hire him, Montgomery agreed to become the head coach in Dallas, where he will succeed Ken Hitchcock.
A good coach — though one with an absence of NHL experience in any capacity behind the bench — may have gotten away, but better the Rangers hire someone who is entirely comfortable with the New York lifestyle.
Hence, the search continues. Garden executive CEO Jim Dolan has told The Post the Rangers are committed to hiring “a developmental coach,” and the club does have BU’s David Quinn and University of Minnesota Duluth’s Scott Sandelin on its list, but that requirement does not necessarily preclude hiring a veteran coach who may be currently under contract.
Experience and the ability to teach are not mutually exclusive assets.
The Rangers have signed 23-year-old free agent winger Michael Lindqvist from Farjestad of the Swedish Hockey League. The 5-11, 176-pound Lindqvist, who recorded 20 goals and 34 points in 33 games, ranked first in the SHL in goals per game (.61) among players who played in at least 20 matches. Lindqvist signed a one-year, two-way deal for $925,000/$70,000.
Lias Andersson, who has aged out of the World Junior Tournament and is thus ineligible to play in next year’s event, has nevertheless been suspended for the first four games of next year’s World Juniors by the IIHF because of his actions at last year’s medal ceremony.
The Team Sweden captain removed his silver medal from around his neck and tossed it into the crowd following his club’s defeat in the final to Team Canada. Four of his teammates — including presumptive first-overall Rasmus Dahlin — and three of Team Sweden’s coaches also were suspended for varying lengths for their conduct at the medal ceremony in Buffalo.
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