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.