The New York Rangers have moved away from the John Tortorella era in the franchise’s history and are looking to find a guy that has what it takes to coach a winning team but won’t go overboard like the prior coach managed to do at times. While he’s not a complete polar opposite of Tortorella, former Buffalo Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff is a guy New York apparently thinks can take them to the next level and according to ESPN, they’ve secured permission to speak with him about becoming their next head coach.
The New York Rangers have sought and received permission from Buffalo to speak with former Sabres coach Lindy Ruff, a source confirmed Monday. The news was earlier reported by Hockey Night in Canada during Saturday’s broadcast.
The Sabres fired Ruff back in February and he proved to be the first of a few head coaching dominos to fall before the season was over. Tortorella was a bit of a surprise firing given the success the Rangers have had under him but his motivation tools tended to be more heartless than the Rangers would have liked.
Lindy Ruff is just the first guy the Rangers are calling in to have chat with and there is some belief that i Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma is fired, he’ll become a top option for New York. There still at the beginning of their head coaching search but the sooner they find names the sooner this search will be over.