New York Rangers head coach Gerard Gallant Apr 24, 2023; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers head coach Gerard Gallant talks to his team during a time out during the third period against the New Jersey Devils in game four of the first round of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

When playoff teams — in any sport — fail to live up to certain expectations, there’s a general sense that someone or something needs to take the fall; a scapegoat. In some instances, it’s time for a change; in others, fans want to see someone held responsible.

The New York Rangers were knocked out by the New Jersey Devils in the first round of the NHL Playoffs this season, failing to live up to their Stanley Cup aspirations after making it to the Conference Finals last year. In the wake of the team’s early exit, head coach Gerard Gallant scolded the media for questioning his job status.

Based on Saturday’s news, it seemed like they had every right to.

On Saturday evening, Larry Brooks of the New York Post reported that the Rangers and Gallant had agreed to part ways.

An official announcement was made a few minutes later.

The news of Gallant’s oust comes during the NBA Playoffs, in which the New York Knicks — also owned by James Dolan — are in the middle of an Eastern Conference Semifinals matchup against the Miami Heat.

The Rangers elected to move on from Gallant after he failed to take the team to the next level. New York reached the Conference Finals last year, and after bolstering its roster during the trade deadline, there was every reason to believe that they could make a push for the Stanley Cup. Instead, the Rangers are experiencing the fallout and subsequent consequences of an early playoff exit after blowing a 2-0 series lead to New Jersey.

The NHL world reacted to the massive news on social media:

[Larry Brooks]

About Sam Neumann

Since the beginning of 2023, Sam has been a staff writer for Awful Announcing and The Comeback. A 2021 graduate of Temple University, Sam is a Charlotte native, who currently calls Greenville, South Carolina his home. He also has a love/hate relationship with the New York Mets and Jets.