The New York Rangers have been granted permission to speak to Toronto Marlies head coach Dallas Eakins about their vacant head coaching position. The Rangers fired John Tortorella earlier this week after the team was eliminated in the second round by the Boston Bruins. New York will also be speaking to former Vancouver Canucks bench boss Alain Vigneault as well.
This is the second team that has shown interest in Eakins as he was already interviewed Wednesday by the Canucks. He has been with the Marlies since 2009 and the team had a 43-23-3-7 record this year before losing in the second round of the AHL playoffs. Eakins also led the Marlies to a Calder Cup final appearance last season.
Vigneault has the edge in NHL experience and has posted six division titles, two Presidents trophies, and made it to the Cup final two years ago with the Canucks. Eakins has been in high demand too; however, for the job he did developing many of the Leafs’ young prospects.