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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 Messier’s future with the organization?
GM Glen Sather deserves credit for using his head, not his heart, in choosing Vigneault over Messier as coach. Many surmised that Sather would be unable to reject Messier given their long history, but in the end Sather made the right decision for the team, perhaps at the expense of his relationship with The Captain. The Fourth Period reported that Messier might join Vigneault as an assistant, but it’d be a little surprising to see Messier agree to play second fiddle to the man that was chosen over him. Not only that, but it would be very unfair to Vigneault to have an apparent coach in waiting, beloved by the New York fanbase, looking over his shoulder. Messier could remain in his current post as special assistant to the president and general manager, but that obviously depends on how stung he feels by Sather’s decision. It’s possible that Messier could be so angry that he chooses to leave the franchise altogether.
Who will Vigneault bring on as his staff?
Vancouver also canned Vigneault’s assistants, Rick Bowness and Newell Brown, following the season, but Bowness has already accepted a position with the Tampa Bay Lighting. It’s still possible that Vigneault could choose to bring Brown with him though. In addition to Vancouver, the 51-year-old has also been employed by Chicago, Columbus and Anaheim. His primary responsibility with the Canucks was the power play, which ranked first, fourth and 22nd in his three years with the club. Brown blamed a lack of righty shots (sound familiar?) and Ryan Kesler’s injuries for Vancouver’s struggles on the man advantage last season. As mentioned above, it’s a possibility that Messier agrees to learn the ropes behind a veteran coach and there are also rumblings that Brian Leetch may have interest in a position. It’s likely that Mike Sullivan will be relieved of his position in the coming days.
Does this mean Brad Richards might not be bought out?
One of Vigneault’s calling cards is his strategic deployment of his players. In Vancouver, Vigneault consistently dispatched the Sedin twins in the offensive zone at a rate previously unseen in the NHL. One school of thought raised by the always thoughtful @RangerSmurf is that retaining Richards might make more sense with Vigneault on board because Alain could maximize Richards’ chances for a bounce back season by using him in the offensive zone much like he did with the Sedins. However, it’s not like Tortorella shackled Richards to his own end last season; Brad was actually second on the club in offensive zone start percentage at 63.4%, behind only Mats Zuccarello. Given the looming risk of injury, it still seems likely that Richards has played his final game in New York.
How will this change how the Rangers roster is constructed?
Few coaches use their fourth line as sparingly as Tortorella did, but rest assured that Vigneault has a history of using all 12 of his forwards. To maximize Vigneault’s matchup wizardry, Sather will need to make sure the Rangers have several more capable forwards than they’ve had in the past. Vigneault will also certainly utilize offensive stars like Rick Nash in the attack zone as much as possible, while many have speculated that Brian Boyle could become Vigneault’s new Manny Malhotra as a checking center. It will come as a relief to many Rangers fans to know that Vigneault typically preferred to stick with line combinations – although that was made much easier by having the Sedins together on the first line for the duration of Vigneault’s tenure.
How much power do the players have over Sather’s decision making?
Tortorella had been inked to an extension during the season before the players virtually ran him out of town in their exit interviews. And today, Renaud Lavoie reported that some players also had a say in who would be the team’s new coach. Many teams seek advice from their veterans, so is that all that’s going on in New York or is this becoming a disturbing trend? That’s a question no one can really answer right now, but it’s something to keep an eye on.
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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 [...]
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...
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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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...
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...
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...
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...
Since it was announced that John Tortorella had been relieved of his duties, while Mike Sullivan remained with the club, Rangers fans reaction has been "what?!?!?" Fear not Blueshirt fans, Katie Strang at ESPN seems to think it's only a matter of time before the Rangers assistant coach is gone...
"Though the Rangers have not made any official decisions on...
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
- There is a lot of speculation that Dallas will target Jarome Iginla because of his friendship and business relationship with Stars owner Tom Gagliardi. Another popular pick is the Los Angeles Kings with the Darryl Sutter connection. Here's one more thought: Phoenix/Seattle with Shane Doan. They are close and that team, wherever it is, craves...