New York Rangers Rumors: Team Linked To AHL Coach For Head Coaching Vacancy

According to Elliotte Friedman on his 32 Thoughts Podcast, the New York Rangers are actively considering Kris Knoblauch as a potential candidate for their vacant head coaching position.

Currently serving as the head coach of the AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack, Knoblauch has garnered widespread praise for his exceptional performance throughout the season.

Despite facing initial challenges, his leadership and coaching abilities have been instrumental in transforming the Wolf Pack into one of the strongest teams in the league during the latter part of the season. They are now in the AHL semifinals against the Hershey Bears.

Knoblauch's impressive track record, particularly in developing young talent and making strategic adjustments, has caught the attention of the Rangers' management. While there may be some skepticism from certain sources, the possibility of entrusting Knoblauch with the crucial role of head coach is being seriously considered.

Given his success in also guiding the Erie Otters to remarkable turnarounds and multiple 50-win seasons, as well as his experience as an assistant coach for the Philadelphia Flyers and temporary stints with the New York Rangers, Knoblauch's coaching abilities and proven track record make him a compelling candidate for the Rangers' organization.

Ultimately, the decision rests with the Rangers' management as they weigh the merits of hiring a coach with extensive NHL coaching experience versus taking a chance on Knoblauch's potential to lead the team to success. Photo Credit:  Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports