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Gallant loads up the Metropolitan Division coaching ranks

New New York Rangers Head coach Gerard Gallant poses with the Jack Adams Award (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Next season the NHL will return to its traditional divisions after a year of COVID-mandated geographically-segregated competition. That means a return to the Metropolitan Division for the New York Rangers.

Many hockey observers believe that the Metropolitan Division is the toughest in the NHL and the East is the better of the two conferences. That could be debated for days, but one thing is certain, when the Rangers hired Gerard Gallant, it made an already imposing roster of Metropolitan Division coaches even more impressive.