Rangers fire Gerard Gallant after massive playoff disappointment

It did not take long for the hammer to come down after the Rangers’ season ended in first-round tears on Monday night.

Head coach Gerard Gallant and the Rangers parted ways Saturday, according to The Post’s Larry Brooks, following the Blueshirts’ massive disappointment of a Game 7 loss to the Devils, a 4-0 no-show which rendered their 107-point regular season a footnote.

In two years as the Rangers’ head coach, Gallant compiled a 99-46-19 record on Broadway, taking the Rangers on a Cinderella run to the conference finals last season before they played the role of a slain Goliath this time around.

The Rangers were just two wins away from the Stanley Cup Final last season and held a Game 3 lead over the Lightning before going on to lose that match and the next three in a row to put a halt to their run.

Gallant fell on the sword after seeming to jab at the Rangers’ roster makeup following the loss to New Jersey, saying in his postgame briefing, “Talent doesn’t mean a thing. … I love to have talent, but you love to have work ethic and more forecheck and stuff like that.”


Gerard Gallant behind the Rangers' bench during their Game 7 loss to the Devils on May 1, 2023.
Gerard Gallant behind the Rangers’ bench during their Game 7 loss to the Devils on May 1, 2023.
AP

Gerard Gallant coached the Rangers for two seasons.
Gerard Gallant coached the Rangers for two seasons.
Robert Sabo for the NY Post

General manager Chris Drury pushed all his chips in this season by acquiring Vladimir Tarasenko in February and Patrick Kane ahead of the trade deadline, putting the Rangers through a week of roster machinations in order to fit Kane under the cap.

The Rangers’ failure to do more with their star-studded roster ultimately cost the coach his job.

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