McGill, 35, interviewed for the Rangers job after having the first of two option years on his contract picked up. McGill, Renney and former Whalers defenseman Joel Quenneville, hired Wednesday as coach of the Colorado Avalanche, were leading contenders for the difficult task of rebuilding the Rangers, who have missed the playoffs seven straight years, a team record.
Because of the NHL's labor dispute, the Rangers might want to keep McGill in Hartford. McGill said he wouldn't mind continuing to develop young players.
"I've never been an assistant, so I really don't know what that's like," said McGill, who led Kootenay to the 2000 Memorial Cup before succeeding John Paddock two years later. "I don't have to tell anyone how I feel about Hartford and the players I dealt with this season. As a coach, I don't feel there's any disadvantage of being in Hartford and wouldn't be disappointed in the least. I feel comfortable with the guys we have and feel I've done a decent job."
So, no matter what he will be coaching in the system.