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Reports: David Quinn expected to leave BU for Rangers head coaching job

Scott McLaughlin
May 19, 2018 - 12:41 pm

According to multiple reports, Boston University men's hockey coach David Quinn is expected to leave the school and accept the New York Rangers' head coaching job.

Quinn has been linked to the Rangers' job on and off since the season ended, but sources say he had told people around BU that he was planning to stay. The Rangers obviously weren't ready to give up, however, and the talk heated up again this week, with reports indicating they increased their offer.

TSN's Bob McKenzie reported Friday night that Quinn and the Rangers were "fairly well down the road in the process." That was followed by reports late Saturday morning that Quinn is expected to accept New York's latest offer, with multiple reports, including one from ESPN's John Buccigross, saying his deal with the Rangers is expected to be for five years and $12 million.

Quinn took over at BU in 2013 after Jack Parker retired and has led the Terriers to a 105-68-21 record in his five seasons there. BU has reached the NCAA tournament each of the last four years, the school's first such streak since going to nine straight from 1990-1998. Quinn reached one Frozen Four in 2015, where the Terriers lost to Providence in the national championship game.

Quinn has made a name for himself as a terrific recruiter, as BU has consistently brought in freshman classes loaded with NHL draft picks and soon-to-be NHL draft picks. However, there have been questions about whether he's gotten the most out of that talent, so it will be interesting to see how he handles an NHL job where coaching itself is obviously more important.