June 19, 2024

230508 Ishockey, NHL May 7, 2023; Sunrise, Florida, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe looks on from the bench against the Florida Panthers during overtime in game three of the second round of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs at FLA Live Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports © Bildbyrån - COP 268 - SWEDEN ONLY

Gallant has a combined 400 wins in 765 regular and postseason games behind the bench in the NHL, winning the 2018 Jack Adams Award with the Vegas Golden Knights.

Amidst the beginning of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ process of filling their head coaching vacancy, Gerard Gallant has presumably not landed an interview with the team, despite being mentioned as a potential candidate, at least according to Sportsnet’s Luke Fox. Report: Maple Leafs Haven't Interviewed Gerard Gallant For Head Coaching  Position Despite Interest to Return to the NHL - The Hockey News Toronto  Maple Leafs News, Analysis and More

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported on his 32 Thoughts podcast that the Maple Leafs met with Craig Berube on Saturday.

From surveying the situation, it seems that Gallant is currently on the outside looking in. As a coach with a combined 400 wins in 765 regular and postseason games behind the bench in the NHL, he has struggled to make his way back into the league after his dismissal from the New York Rangers in 2022-23 – failing to find his footing behind a bench despite the increasing turnover with head coaches.

Gallant has served as a head coach with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Florida Panthers, Vegas Golden Knights and Rangers throughout 2003-04 to 2022-23 – a veteran presence with a proven track record and extensive experience. He won the most coveted award for a coach aside from a Stanley Cup in the Jack Adams Award back in 2018, a trophy awarded annually to the National Hockey League coach “adjudged to have contributed the most to his team’s success,” leading the Vegas Golden Knights to the Stanley Cup Final in its inaugural season.

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