The Hockey News



Along with Ron Francis as GM and Dave Hakstol as coach in Seattle, there will be a number of new people behind NHL desks and benches this season. But in what is something of an anomaly, a good number of those roles will be occupied by people who are not part of the NHL Old Boys’ Club™. Andre Tourigny in Arizona and Brad Larsen in Columbus have landed their first NHL head-coaching gigs, while Chris Drury takes over as the rookie GM of the New York Rangers. After winning gold with Canada at the World Championsh­ip, Gerard Gallant steps behind the Rangers’ bench. Don Granato (Buffalo) and Dominique Ducharme (Montreal) had their interim tags removed.

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