Almost immediately after New York Rangers‘ assistant coach Dan Lacroix left the Blueshirts to join the Montreal Canadiens‘ coaching staff, a report surfaced that got the gears churning in Ranger land.
According to reports, ex-Ranger and Hockey Hall of Famer Brian Leetch has left his position at the NHL‘s Department of Player Safety.
So what does this mean?
No one knows exactly, but you can sure guess what many Rangers’ fans immediately thought of as soon as they heard the news. Yes, the rumor is that Leetch left his job at the Department of Player Safety in order to replace Lacroix as the Rangers’ 3rd assistant coach/”eye in the sky” up in the press boxes during games.
Leetch, who was one of the best defensemen in my generation at knowing when to join the rush, contributing tons of offense, and doing this all while maintaining his defensive responsibilities as a defenseman. Not to mention Leetch was the power play quarterback for the 1994 Stanley Cup Champion Rangers, who happened to have the best power play in the league that season.
Adding Leetch to the Rangers’ coaching staff will not only be beneficial for the growth of Rangers’ number one defenseman Ryan McDonagh, but the entire Rangers’ blue line and the rest of the team as well. Leetch, who as a player had such great vision on the ice, as the Rangers’ assistant coach up in the press boxes seems like the perfect fit.