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Alain Vigneault agreed in principle to become the Head Coach of the New York Rangers
Two things can be said about the new head coach of the New York Rangers: It’s not Mark Messier and it is Alain Vigneault. Exactly 18 years and one day after winning the Stanley Cup, Mark Messier was informed he would not be the head coach of the Rangers.
According to ESPNNewYork.com Vigneault agreed to terms with the Rangers in principle after being a one of the top candidates to replace Dallas Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan, however Vigneault told the Stars he would be taking the job in New York, despite the “lucrative offer” the Stars had offered him.
A native of Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, the 52 year old takes over for former Rangers boss and highly publicized John Tortorella, who was fired after the Rangers were beaten by the eventual Eastern Conference Champion Boston Bruins. Vigneault himself was fired from the Vancouver Canucks, where he was behind the bench for seven seasons, after being
Mark Messier as a member of the Rangers (courtesy of USATSI)
swept by the San Jose Sharks in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. In back-to-back seasons the Canucks were beaten in the first round and won a whopping ONE playoff game in those two years.
Messier, who guided the Rangers to it’s first Stanley Cup victory in 54 years, had expressed interest in becoming head coach and told reporters that he had met with General Manager Glen Sather about the position.
Before the hire, GM Glen Sather said that he was certain they would find the right man for the job.
“I’m sure there are going to be a lot of good candidates out there, that process is going to start very soon. We’re going to try and find the best candidate to serve the needs of the New York Rangers. I’m certain we are going to find the right person, and we’re going to move in that direction. We’ll find the right guy.”
It seems like Sather and the Rangers have found their right guy, and his name is Alain Vigneault.
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With Alain Vigneault in the fold as the newest New York Rangers head coach, pending official confirmation from the club of course, thoughts turn to whom he might pick to assist him behind the bench. As it stands, only Tortorella was relieved of his duties meaning Mike Sullivan, Jim Schoenfeld and goalie coach Benoit Allaire [...]
On the same night news surfaced that Alain Vigneault was in New York today to meet with Jimmy Dolan, news also broke that Vigneault has turned down the head coaching job in Dallas. While there hasn’t been any official word from the organization, many of the usual suspects in the media (e.g., Larry Brooks, John Shannon, Bob McKenzie, etc.) have put two and two together and are expecting...
The Dallas Stars are having a really tough time finding a head coach. A week after Dallas Eakins turned down sunny Dallas to coach in not sunny Edmonton, Alain Vigneault appears to have turned down Big D for the Big Apple.
According to Larry Broks of the NY Post:
Vigneault, who brought the Canucks within one victory of the Stanley Cup in 2011, is believed to have met with Garden...
Now that Alain Vigneault is all but the Rangers new head coach, what exactly are the Rangers getting? Jeff Klein at the New York Times gives us some insight...
"Going by his track record, Vigneault, 52, will stress offense and puck possession over forechecking, tolerate the mistakes of young players instead of bench them at the first missed assignment, and be a good communicator...
Alain Vigneault will succeed John Tortorella
The Rangers have yet to schedule a formal announcement, but it’s all but official that Alain Vigneault will succeed John Tortorella as head coach. The Suit will have more on the pros and cons of the hiring tomorrow, but let’s take a look at some key questions in the immediate aftermath of today’s news.
How does this affect Mark...
Alain Vigneault is the new head coach of the New York Rangers, as reported by several outlets on Saturday afternoon. Vigneault, the former head coach of the Vancouver Canucks, will take over the position recently vacated by John Tortorella.
There was some belief that Vigneault might stand behind the bench in Dallas, but reports surfaced that he had turned down the position...
@SunGarrioch Coach A Vigneault of 6:30am flight to NYC. #interview?— Tony De Marinis (@tonydmayor) June 14, 2013
According to some random guy which was re-tweeted by the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch, Alain Vigneault is on a plane today destined for NYC, presumably for a second interview with the Rangers. Job offer in the works? Stay tuned....
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from Katie Strang of ESPN New York,
Alain Vigneault, one of the top candidates for the Rangers' coaching job, was in New York on Friday, a source confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com.
With the whole Rangers front office en route to the East Coast from California, it's believed Vigneault was in New York to meet with team owner James Dolan.
A team spokesperson and spokesperson...
Welp, it looks like Alain Vigneault's flight to New York yesterday was to meet with James Dolan and I guess it was an effective meeting as apparently the former Canucks coach turned down a significant offer from the Dallas Stars after interviewing with the Rangers owner. He is now considered the hands down favorite for the position.
Here's some more on Vigneault.
As Paul noted on Friday evening, ESPN New York's Katie Strang was reporting that Alain Vigneault was being heavily pursued by both the Dallas Stars and New York Rangers, and just before midnight, TSN reported that the worm had turned (pun intended, not disrespect):
Alain Vigneault will not be the next head coach of the Dallas Stars.
The former Vancouver Canucks bench...
According to source, Alain Vigneault has agreed to 5-year deal w/ #Rangers. Told it's in the $2 Million per year range. #NHL
— Louis Jean (@LouisJean_TVA) June 17, 2013
Confirming that Alain Vigneault gets 10 million over 5 years as coach of NYR.Told that was same offer that Dallas had on table for AV.
— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) June 17, 2013
Alain Vigneault is being signed right now to become the next head coach of the Rangers, per source #NYR
— Pat Leonard (@NYDNRangers) June 15, 2013
Report: Alain Vigneault to become #Rangers head coach: http://t.co/nEf3yzU78l #NHL
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) June 15, 2013
It sounds like it’s a mere formality at this point ladies and gentlemen. Multiple outlets including, NHL.com and ESPN New York are reporting it’s a done deal and Alain Vigneault is going to be the next head coach of the New York Rangers. According to a report in the Dallas Morning News, Vigneault removed his [...]
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When a new head coach arrives at a club it’s not just coaching staffs that tend to follow. Players who have built relationships often do the same, and with Maxim Lapierre approaching free agency, the opportunity to join the Rangers seems a logical one for all concerned.
Lapierre is a hard working hockey player that adds depth to the bottom six and is...
Alain it is.
Every site you go to, every poll you read, most Rangers fans wanted Alain Vigneault over any other coach on the job market. Some wanted Mark Messier. A few wanted Dave Tippett. Maybe three people wanted Guy Boucher or Lindy Ruff. But for the most part, it has been an AV love fest from the fans and media alike.
I understand the appeal. He’s the most winningest coach...