Mar 19, 2013; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault during the first period against the St. Louis Blues at Rogers Arena. The Vancouver Canucks won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

BREAKING: Alain Vigneault named New York Rangers head coach

Nov 23 2011; Denver, CO, USA; Vancouver Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault on his bench in the first period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Announced by various news outlets, it has been reported that while he is still crossing his T’s and dotting his I’s, former Vancouver Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault will be named the 34th coach of the New York Rangers.

Alain has 806 games of NHL coaching experience underneath his belt with a record of 422-288-35-61. He has coached the Montreal Canadiens and most recently the Vancouver Canucks.

Under the Canucks he has taken them as far as the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, in which they lost to the Boston Bruins in 7 games. This past season, after getting swept out of the first round by the San Jose Sharks, Vigneault was promptly fired by the organization.

Meanwhile, former coach John Tortorella is rumored to be in talks with the Vancouver Canucks. Coach swap anyone?

We here at Blueline Station welcome Alain Vigneault with open arms, as he is a coach who commands respect in the locker room, believes in peer accountability, and a strong offensive game.

We’ll give a full breakdown of the hiring once announced officially by the team.

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