The teams swapped coaches. By definition then the Rangers are hoping to infuse the best of Alain Vigneault’s Canucks while John Tortorella wants to infuse on the West Coast – aka the Wet Coast – what worked so well for him in New York.
The teams’ identity makeovers intersect tonight when Tortorella’s Canucks host Vigneault’s Rangers at Rogers Arena a preseason game unusually full of hype because of the coaches. Neither team practiced Wednesday so neither was available to discuss tonight’s game.
"[Vigneault] is a great guy I’ve got nothing bad to say about him" Canucks center Ryan Kesler said earlier this month while in Newark. "It just ran its course in Vancouver. We won two Presidents Trophies under him. We went to a Stanley Cup final.
"Hopefully it energizes both teams" Kesler added. "The Rangers were good the last couple of years under Torts."
At their best under Tortorella the Rangers won with a blue-collar style that put emphasis on aggressive forechecking with everybody ex...