Jaromir Jagr weighs in on the Rangers' star player situation

Published June 16, 2021 at 12:58

We all know by now that New York City head coach David Quinn has lost his locker room. During the 2021 truncated season, it became evident that Quinn and the Rangers' marquee players were at odds, and now another superstar believes the problem has been rectified with the addition of Gerard Gallant.

Jaromir Jagr knows what he's talking about: he excelled in Florida in his mid-40s under the Rangers' new head coach, and he believes Gallant will solve the star issue that fans noticed last season.

«He is tough but friendly and he is honest with the players,» Jagr told The New York Post on Tuesday from his home in the Czech Republic. «In my opinion, with the players having so much power, that is the way a coach has to be. You can't threaten to send players down or take away their ice time. That does not work.''

«You have to be honest with the top guys and create trust with them. You have to be tough but you have to create the [environment] so players want to play for you and will do extra. That's the way I see it. And that's the way he is, not only with the top guys but with everyone, no matter who you are.»

According to Jagr, Gallant is the right man for the job because of his past in the league. He will get what the players are facing during the season:

«He was a very good player, he was a star in the NHL, playing with a star like Stevie Yzerman in Detroit. So he knows what the stars need. Nobody can really tell you that. It's something you have to feel. It's something you have to know. You need the personal experience. That's a big advantage.»

Star players like Artemi Panarin and Mika Zibanejad are in good hands.

«He knows what the stars need, but if they are not playing well, it doesn't matter who they are, they won't get the normal ice time,» Jagr said. «One of the other things I really like about the way he coaches is that he doesn't change lines that often. He doesn't mix up things just to do something.»

It's great to hear Jagr have encouraging words on the Rangers, with whom he posted one of the greatest seasons in franchise history with his club-record 54-goal, 123-point 2005-06 campaign.
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