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May 21, 2018
by Mike McMahon/Staff Writer (@MikeMcMahonCHN)
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Boston University athletic director Drew Marrochello learned over the weekend that he has to hire a new coach for one of the most prominent positions in college hockey, now that BU’s David Quinn has accepted the head coaching position with the New York Rangers.
Lucky for him, there’s no shortage on candidates.
BU is one of the most high-profile positions in the sport, and because of that, many former Terriers have chosen coaching as their profession. The experience of these candidates run the gamut, up to and including a former NHL head coach in Joe Sacco, currently an assistant with the Boston Bruins and, ironically, who had Quinn on his staff as an assistant when he was the head coach of the Colorado Avalanche.
Quinn, I’m told, wasn’t looking to leave Boston University. The Rangers first showed interest in former Denver head coach Jim Montgomery, but he chose the Dallas Stars. Quinn then turned down a four-year contract from the Rangers that would have paid him $2 million per season one week ago. The Rangers had their man, though, and they sweetened the pot, settling on what’s believed to be a $12 million offer over five years ($2.4 million per season).
Quinn, 51, now has his shot to make it in the NHL, and the Rangers seem committed to the process of a rebuild. The extra year means a lot, especially to a coach who knows the first year or two might be challenging as the franchise tries to put young pieces together.
That brings us to Marrochello, who is now tasked with making his biggest hire since taking over as AD four years ago, but this won’t be his first rodeo. In 2013, when Marrochello was the Deputy AD, he spearheaded the process of replacing Jack Parker, …