The entire coaching staff of the New York Rangers will not be available for the team’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday as a result of them all being placed in COVID protocol. As a result, members of the AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack, will populate the bench.
Those placed on the COVID list include head coach David Quinn, assistants Jacques Martin, David Oliver and Greg Brown. Hartford head coach Kris Knoblauch will be Rangers’ stand-in head coach, Hartford assistant Gord Murphy will serve as an assistant, as well as associate general manager of Rangers, Chris Drury. Below is a statement that Rangers released and especially turned off answers to.
This is not the first time such a situation has intensified among an entire coaching staff in the NHL. Back in January, the Vegas Golden Knights’ entire coaching staff had to be isolated after an unspecified member tested positive for respiratory disease. As in Rangers’ situation, one of the members of the stand-in coaching staff was a person from the front office, with General Kelly McCrimmon acting as an assistant to the Knights at the time.
Knoblauch has no NHL coaching experience, having mostly coached in minor leagues in his career. Murphy and Drury also make their debut on their respective NHL coaching, though they have both played actual NHL minutes as players.