David Quinn Leaving Boston University for the New York Rangers?

David Quinn is expected to sign a 5 year, $12 million deal with the New York Rangers multiple reports say.  Quinn who was the head coach at Boston University since 2013 and had an overall record of 105-68-21.  He won two Hockey East Conference titles at BU and made it to four straight NCAA tournaments.  Quinn also led the Terriers to the 2015 national championship but lost to Providence at the TD Garden.  David Quinn was also named the head coach of the 2019 US junior national team, which would obviously conflict with an NHL schedule.

What Does This Mean for the Boston Bruins?

Well, if you’re a Bruins fan, this hire should excite you.  David Quinn was a great recruiter of talent at BU.  Always had one the top classes at BU.  However; in his five years at BU, he has only two conference titles, zero national championships, and only 1 beanpot title.  He always had the talent, but could never really reach the promise land consistently with this team.  As a matter of fact, the last 3 years in the beanpot, BU has lost to the other 3 schools in the beanpot championship game.  He has recruited and coached some great players that have had some success in the NHL, and others are expected to be elite NHL talent.  Jack Eichel, Clayton Keller, Charlie McAvoy, Brady Tkachuck, and Jake Oettinger just to name a few.

What to Expect From David Quinn With the New York Rangers

A first time head coach with an original six team.  He knows how to coach great players but can he get the most out of them is the question.  Now, Quinn does have some NHL experience.  Prior to being the head coach at BU, he was an assistant coach with the Colorado Avalanche from 2012-2013.  Quinn replaces Alain Vigneault, who was 226-147-37 in five seasons with the Rangers.  The Rangers went 34-39-9 this season though missing out on the post season.  How will he be able to coach a team that he doesn’t have much say over? 

At least in college, for the most part, you can pick your team.  And he did a damn good job at that while at Boston University.  It’ll be interesting to see how he does with this Rangers team.  They’re a young, fast, athletic team which is what he had at BU.  The style will fit him well but jumping from college to the pros might be a little tricky.  The good thing for him is that he already has some NHL experience under his belt.

 

Brian Berard (@RockyBerard)

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