Gerard Gallant may not have a job in the National Hockey League (NHL) this season, but that hasn’t stopped him from keeping a close eye on the coaching market.
Given his extensive track record, it is normal for the 60-year-old instructor to often be a top candidate for a team. When a position opened up, Gallant could quickly hear his phone ringing.
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Athletic reporter Pierre LeBrun reports that the former Columbus Blue Jackets, Florida Panthers, Vegas Golden Knights and New York Rangers driver is “excited” to be back coaching in the NHL.
His stay in the Big Apple ended in chaos as he was fired after just two seasons despite a regular season record of 99-46-19. Disagreements, including a playoff dispute, with general manager Chris Drury reportedly led to his firing.
Despite coaching good groups and reaching the Stanley Cup Final with the Knights in 2017-18, Gallant hasn’t exactly tasted stability. He has never spent three seasons at the helm of the same club in the Bettman scene.
The Calgary Flames reportedly seriously considered signing the Prince Edwardian over the summer, but ultimately turned to Ryan Huska. Gallant was replaced in New York by Peter Laviolette.