New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club will not renew the contract of head coach Ron Low.
“I would like to thank Ron for his service and dedication to the Rangers organization over the past two seasons, but at this time I feel a change is necessary at the head coaching position,” said Sather. “An extensive, thorough search for a new head coach will begin immediately.”
Low, 52, guided the Rangers to a 36-38-4-3 record in 81 games this season, finishing fourth in the Atlantic Division and 11th in the Eastern Conference with 80 points. In his two seasons behind the Rangers bench, Low posted a 69-81-9-4 in 163 games. Over seven NHL seasons, his National Hockey League career coaching record stands at 208-243-49-4 in 504 games. He was named the 29th head coach in Rangers history on July 12, 2000.
"I’m a realist; very much so," Low said yesterday from the Ranger's practice facility in Rye, New York. "As a coach, you take full responsibility for your team’s standing and I take full responsibility for it. The organization could have made a coaching move when things started to slide. Glen is very honest and loyal and I appreciate that. At the end of the year you can’t have excuses. You have to have results. And right now, they’re not there."