Rangers Have Permission to Talk to Toronto Assistant Spencer Carbery

TORONTO, ON – MAY 22: Head coach Sheldon Keefe of the Toronto Maple Leafs seems pleased with a goal challenge denial against the Montreal Canadiens in Game Two of the First Round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena on May 22, 2021 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Maple Leafs defeated the Canadiens 5-1. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

As we all know, the New York Rangers are deep into their search for a new head coach and as it turns out, the Rangers have been given permission by the Toronto Maple Leafs to speak to their assistant head coach Spencer Carbery about becoming the boss behind the bench in Manhatten. This is not a statement of the Rangers officially appointing a new head coach by any means because Carbery is still wanted by other teams, but it shows where they are looking.

Carbery was named ECHL coach of the year in 2013-14 and has really had to work hard to make it to the bench of one of the top NHL teams in the league. He’s shown that he can manage big-name talents like Auston Matthews, John Tavares, Mitchell Marner, and William Nylander so there is a certainty that he will know what buttons to press to get the best out of the explosive Rangers forwards.

While it is still believed that the search for a Rangers head coach includes the likes of Kris Knoblach of the Hartford Wolf Pack, recycled names on the coaching merry-go-round like Peter Laviolette, and others, perhaps this is an indication that Drury is narrowing in on the candidates he likes. You obviously want to know who the coach is going to be if you are the GM because you need to cater to the team to fit the coaching style.

If the Rangers are able to find a coach that can get the best out of what is already on this roster and then get a summer to cater to the new guy, there are going to be big expectations on this team. There’s a lot to like about that is already in place, and to think that the Rangers could realistically improve with a coach that holds the stars accountable when they disappear is an exciting thought for this fanbase.