The New York Rangers have fired head coach Bryan Trottier after
a 21-26-6-1 start to the season.
With Trottier out, possible replacements include Rangers assistant
coach Jim Schoenfeld or Director of Player Personnel Tom Renney.
Sources have told TSN that Schoenfeld is expected to take over on an
The Rangers have lost three straight, including two convincing losses
against the lowly Atlanta Thrashers.
After appearing to have turned a corner a week ago with a 5-0 pasting
of the rival New York Islanders, the Rangers hit rock bottom, losing
twice to the last place Thrashers. In between, the Rangers were
rocked 7-2 by the Washington Capitals.
Trottier was named to the Rangers' post on June 6, 2002. He was the
30th head coach in the history of the franchise.
A Hall-of-Fame player, Trottier coaching career includes stints as an
assitant in Pittsburgh and Colorado, followed by a head coaching job
with the Portland Pirates, the Washington Capitals minor league
In total, Trottier has seven Stanley Cup rings.
The Rangers have struggled this season despite having the league's
highest payroll. Injuries to key players Pavel Bure, Bobby Holik,
Brian Leetch and Mike Richter have not helped, but Trottier took the
Only Columbus and Atlanta give up more goals per game than Rangers.
They are currently 11th in the Eastern Conference with 49 points from
``It's tough to figure it out, but we need to do something to change
it,'' goalie Mike Dunham said after Tuesday's loss to the Thrashers.
``We need to regroup here.''