It happened again.
In January, early in the NHL season, the entire Vegas Golden Knights coaching staff had to be placed in COVID protocol, and the general manager and AHL staff had to step in and coach the next game. It’s happening again, this time with the New York Rangers.
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) March 17, 2021
Ahead of their scheduled game tonight against the Philadelphia Flyers, Rangers head coach David Quinn and his entire staff were placed in COVID protocol. The game is still set to go on as planned. Stepping in will be the AHL Hartford Wolf Pack’s coaching staff, headed up by Kris Knoblauch.
Knoblauch had his first season as the Wolf Pack head coach last year and would have coached them again this season in the AHL, but Hartford was one of three AHL to opt-out of the 2021 season. He was an assistant coach with the Flyers from 2017-2019 and was the head coach of the Erie Otters in the OHL from 2012-2017, where he coached Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Strome (and some kid named Connor McDavid or whoever).
The Rangers are currently sitting in sixth-place in the East Division based on points (26) and points percentage (.481), while the Flyers are in fifth-place on both points (31) and points percentage (.596).