After the New York Rangers got permission from the Toronto Maple Leafs to negotiate with Spencer Carbery, there was a lot of hope that he would become the new bench boss in New York. A man that took Toronto’s powerplay to the top of the NHL standings, it seemed like a great fit with the deadly offensive weapons that this Blueshirts roster has. Carbery generating a 5-v-5 threat for a team like this was ideal, it was too good to be true.
Well today, he was unveiled as the new head coach of the division rival Washington Capitals. This means that one of the candidates that a lot of the Blueshirts faithful were hoping to see behind the bench at Madison Square Garden is now out of the picture and heading to the District of Colombia. It means that one of the leading candidates is gone. We still are no closer to finding out who it is.
It will set up a unique storyline when the Rangers face the Capitals next season though. A coach that could have had this set of players chose to go to Washington DC. If they were to meet in a playoff series, that could get really interesting, but that seems a little too distant to start anticipating at this point considering that the Capitals ended up with a top-10 pick in the draft so were quite a ways away from the postseason.
There are other options that the Rangers are wanting to consider, but the truth is that the options are going to start to dwindle quickly. This is a copycat league so when the first domino falls, a lot of the other teams that wanted to make coaching changes will quickly follow suit and make it official before someone else steals their ideal next bench boss. Just a matter of time until we see if the Rangers will announce theirs soon.