Buzz: Rangers expected to add Darryl Williams to coaching staff (Update: It’s Official)

8/5/14 | 10:18AM: The Rangers have confirmed that Williams will join the Rangers staff as an assistant coach. The press release from the team is below

Williams replaces Dan Lacroix who left to join the Montreal Canadiens.

8/2/14 | 7:19AM: Former Canucks video coach Darryl Williams is expected to join the Rangers and reunite with Alain Vigneault in some capacity. (Sportsnet Pacific, via Mike)

Williams joined the Canucks in 2008 and was retained by John Tortorella last season to stay on in the role of, “assistant coach, video.” (Canucks Media Guide)

  • The Canucks kept Williams after Tortorella was fired.

Canucks President Trevor Linden said that Williams left the Canucks for a “real exciting opportunity” that works better for him and his family. Linden stressed that Williams was not fired but would not disclose what team he was going to.  (Vancouver Sun)

Before Vancouver he was an associate coach, video coordinator, and strength and conditioning coach in the QMJHL. (Canucks Media Guide)

He played 11 seasons in the AHL and two games at the NHL level with LA in 1992-93. (Canucks Media Guide)

Williams is from Newfoundland and may be the Rangers replacement for Daniel Lacroix who left to join Montreal. If  that is the case, Williams would watch the games from the press box to provide a different view for the coaches behind the bench.

Jerry Dineen has been the Rangers video coach for 20 seasons and in his role he “assists the coaching staff with analysis of game video and pre-scouting film. He also provides video for the coaches during game intermissions detailing both Rangers and opponents’ tactics to either exploit of- fensively or make corrections defensively. In addition, Dineen prepares pre-game and post-game meetings in coordination with the other coaches.”(Rangers Media Guide)


8/5/14 NEW YORK, August 5, 2014 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the team has agreed to terms with Darryl Williams to become the team’s assistant coach.
Williams, 46, joins the Rangers organization after spending the last six seasons as an assistant coach with the Vancouver Canucks. Williams joins Associate Coach Scott Arniel and Ulf Samuelsson on Head Coach Alain Vigneault’s staff.
Prior to joining the Canucks, Williams served in many coaching capacities. He was the Associate Coach, Video Coordinator, and Strength and Conditioning Coach for the St. John’s Fog Devils of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) from 2005-06 – 2007-08. St. John’s reached the playoffs in each of the three seasons when Williams was a part of the coaching staff.
Williams has also served as an assistant coach with the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks of the American Hockey League (AHL) and as a head coach with the Kansas City Outlaws of the United Hockey League (UHL).
Before joining the coaching ranks, Williams played 11 seasons of professional hockey. He skated in two games with Los Angeles during the 1992-93 season, making his NHL debut on March 2, 1993 vs. Calgary. Williams registered 126 goals and 157 assists for 283 points in 676 career games in the AHL and the International Hockey League (IHL).

Johnny W
Johnny W

Personally I think if Leetch and Messier really want to get into coaching that they should go to the minors and junior leagues and learn their trade. To just give someone a coaching job with no experience is not a great idea. Patrick Roy did it for years.