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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 exactly the type of hockey player that the Rangers need when you look at how they were eliminated by the Bruins. He adds size, grit and a solid work ethic. All these traits would help address multiple needs on the Rangers, and this is without considering the relationship he has developed with Alain Vigneault in Vancouver.
Vigneault will surely want a few of his own in New York and the opportunity to grab a player with a solid playoff background such as Lapierre’s, without giving up anything but free agent dollars, seems an ideal situation. At 28, Lapierre is not an aging veteran and, after a relatively modest regular season and a quick exit in the playoffs, it’s not likely he could command big money on the free agent market – no matter how thin it appears this summer.
The Rangers aren’t likely to make significant roster changes and are more likely to add proven depth to ensure they can compete from top to bottom with the likes of the Bruins. With Vigneault renowned for rolling four lines players like Lapierre will be needed if Vigneault’s approach is to succeed in New York.
Of course, the Rangers will have to deal with their own roster issues before addressing potential new recruits. This includes what the Rangers will do with players such as Ryane Clowe, Taylor Pyatt, and Arron Asham before bringing in other physical type players. That said, if Vigneault does indeed intend on rolling four lines, it’s hard to imagine he could not find a place for one of his own. Plus, the potential of Derek Dorsett and Maxim Lapierre lining up together immediately makes the Rangers a tougher out when the bottom six hit the ice.
Change is coming to New York for the second offseason in a row, but in what capacity has yet to be seen. It’s more likely that we see them make minor moves such as Lapierre, but then its not always the big bold changes that bring success.
BEST OF MAXIM
The New York Rangers have reportedly hired Alain Vigneault to be their next head coach. The contract is for five years and worth $10 million, according to CBC Sports.
The ex-Vancouver Canucks coach replaces the departed John Tortorella, who was shown the door by the club after the Rangers were ousted by the Boston Bruins in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Pat Leonard at the Daily News reports that Ulf Samuelsson is a leading candidate to be hired as one of Alain Vigneault’s assistants. Samuelsson, who was the head coach of Modo (SEL) last season, has apparently left that job. moved to Phoenix and his looking for a job in the NHL.
The former Rangers defenseman was an assistant in Phoenix from 2006 through 2011.
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 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...
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...
Don’t expect a huge difference in performance under Vigneault.
With Alain Vigneault on board, the Rangers are likely going to be changing their styles of play. But with that style change comes understanding what that change will bring. This is something we’ve covered a few times here, but it’s worth digging deeper into the puck possession metrics to see how exactly the Rangers...
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...
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 [...]
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...
Here's some coaching talk from TSN's Darren Dreger:
I'm hearing the Alain Vigneault saga will conclude with his formal introduction as head coach of the New York Rangers on Friday. #TSN
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 19, 2013
Dallas Stars continue to sort through coaching candidates. Nill will meet with Ruff again this week and Tortorella...
Time to act
It’s a complicated summer for Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis. For the first time in his tenure, he faces the need to tinker with the core of this hockey club and make some important choices.
After inheriting a team with a significant number of pieces that would eventually take the team to the brink of glory in 2011 and needing the summers preceding only to maintain...