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Rangers have an agreement with Alain Vigneault (Update)

Jun 15, 2013, 2:53 PM EDT

Alain Vigneault AP

After reportedly passing on the job with the Dallas Stars yesterday, word is coming out that Alain Vigneault is close to accepting an offer from the Rangers to take their head coaching job.

Renaud Lavoie from RDS says he’s on the verge of accepting the job while Andrew Gross of Ranger Rants says all signs point towards Vigneault being the Rangers’ man. Larry Brooks of the New York Post adds that a contract proposal is on the way.

TSN’s Darren Dreger adds that Vigneault had a sizable offer from the Dallas Stars until he met with the Rangers and owner Jim Dolan. Money talks, yes, but maybe money from New York talks a little louder.

Things with the Rangers have moved fast as they interviewed former captain Mark Messier about the job yesterday and he reportedly would’ve brought Brian Leetch along as an assistant. The Rangers are looking to replace John Tortorella who they fired after five seasons on the job.

UPDATE (2:35 p.m. ET): Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News says Vigneault is signing a deal with the Rangers right now.

  1. themohel - Jun 15, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    And the rest of the Eastern Conference cheers wildly!! The off-season diving and whining program will begin next week.

  2. ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jun 15, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    I’m just gald Torts got fired. 1 defensive minded, boring hockey coach down. 4 or 5 more to go.

    • stakex - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      Torts will have a new job by July 1st…. sorry to rain on your parade.

      • drone501 - Jun 15, 2013 at 1:56 PM

        hope so. i like the guy as a coach and like the post game meltdowns even better.

      • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:22 PM

        You’re not, doesn’t take away from the fact that his brand of hockey retards skill and creativity. In doing so, it reduces the game to something most AHLers could play and that’s something no one should be willing to pay professional ticket prices for.

  3. jaredo10 - Jun 15, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Hey any1 know what type of system this guy likes to run?

    • einjzmolf - Jun 15, 2013 at 10:45 AM

      imstead of flopping in front of pucks, you’re just going to be flopping everywhere.

    • nyrnashty - Jun 15, 2013 at 2:26 PM

      Offensive, which is good for us since we have the talent. Maybe JT Miller and Kreider will benefit from it C Thomas as well!

  4. spitfisher - Jun 15, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Hey Alain coach your team to play hockey, not European primadonnas style of soccer.

  5. 950003cups - Jun 15, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    This could be interesting. Better choice than Ruff, but I still hold to saying the best fit in MSG is Paul Maurice.

    Personally, as a Devils fan, I hope they skip on him. But I like the guy as an NHL coach very much.

    But I’m sure the 10 GMs in this sport who failed year after year on coaches know better than I do.

  6. stakex - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    I think Vigneault could be a good fit for the Rangers. He has a better goaltender and defense to work with in NY then he had with the Canucks, and he just might be able to squeeze some more offense out of the Rangers forwards. He may have struggled to win the Cup with a good Canucks team, but I think that had something to do with the team more then it did the coach.

  7. ballistictrajectory - Jun 15, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Did he wave to Torts as he passed him on I-90…

  8. 19to77 - Jun 15, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    AV’s style meshes well with the Rangers. Defensively responsible forwards, skilled, fast guys, good puck-moving D in McDonagh and Girardi – and the advantages the Canucks never had in the form of a committed physical, hard-nose team and a leadership core that doesn’t utterly suck at leadership. Callahan’s a much better captain than Henrik ever was. This could be a very good match with Dallas Eakins off the market.

  9. 13datsyuk13 - Jun 15, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    I think the Messier hire would be better for New York. I would love to see Messier guarantee a cup as a coach and come through on that.

    • nyrnashty - Jun 15, 2013 at 2:24 PM

      Lol that’s pretty funny

  10. jetsflyinghigh - Jun 15, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Basically, the Rangers and Canucks both underachieved this year so they decided to trade coaches. (Assuming rumors of Torts being front runner are true.) Should definitely be interesting to see how quickly they can implement their style with their new teams and see if the change is what was needed.

    • barkar942 - Jun 15, 2013 at 5:37 PM

      Sorry- I totally disagree with this choice. Now the Canucks with Torts will have a better chance to win than the Rangers. This will seal the fate of Hank not winning a Cup with the Rangers.

  11. purpledynasty - Jun 15, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    I too would love to have seen Messier, ESPECIALLY if Leetch came along to assist. The team that Sather gathers each year competes at the NHL level. The systems vary from year to year and from team to team – but what separates the Cup winners from losers is HEART. Nobody in BLUE this past season had any left after seeing how the regime treated its 2011 stars, and how Torts mistreated kids like JT and Kreider.

    .. and its HEART that Messier would have brought to the team’s players. Too bad the all-knowing long time fans and media types that THINK they know the game better than us average-everyday-fans have laughed the idea away. Coaches DON’T teach the X’s and O’s to players at the NHL level – they instill basic game plans – something that a jr. hockey coach taught Mark decades ago.

  12. purpledynasty - Jun 15, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    My prediction – The Brooklyn Nets, with never-coached-before Head Coach Jason Kidd will get more out of his team than Alain Vigneault will from the Rangers. The reason – faced with a similar situation, the Russian owner took a bold daring move with his talented basketball team. The Rangers on the other hand have taken the typical Cablevision approach – leave it to a hired manager to make the wrong decision once again.

  13. purpledynasty - Jun 15, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    One last comment, a followup to my last (comparing the Nets to the Rangers). I’ve been a Rangers fan for decades. I wasn’t a big basketball fan, so when the Nets came to Brooklyn (where I live), I took interest and have become a strong fan of the Brooklyn Nets.
    Since the Islanders are coming to Barclay’s in 14/15, I WILL check them out, but at this time I’m figuring I can’t switch allegiance – UNLESS management offends me. Go ahead Cablevision – make my day. You’d better make many outer borough fans happy in the next year or two – you won’t be the only game “in town” for long. :)

  14. jhuck92 - Jun 15, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Hope you Ranger fans like first-round sweeps!

  15. bigtganks - Jun 15, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Because the rangers have gone SO much further than the Canucks in the time AV was there.

    What have the rangers done in five years?

    I think AV will do great.

  16. valarmorghuliss - Jun 15, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Funny reading all these people talk about AV as if he’s GM. Scott Bowman couldn’t win consistently in the playoffs with that roster. The Twins are not made for the playoffs. Period.

  17. 8man - Jun 15, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    I think this works for the Rangers.

  18. jaybyrd99 - Jun 15, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    I think this is good for the rangers . A breath of fresh air and a win- win for us fans. If AV and the team wins ,terrific, if not then darth sather gets no more chances. This should be his(sather) last hurrah .

  19. pastabelly - Jun 15, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    The Rangers will be less boring. Not sure if it’s an upgrade for them as much for those of us who like hockey.

  20. davebabychreturns - Jun 15, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    A few words on AV. I like him as a coach first and foremost, he played the hands he was dealt in Montreal and early on in Vancouver quite well.

    When he arrived in Vancouver we had a one line forward group, a pretty solid defense corps and newly arrived Roberto Luongo; overall a group sorely lacking offensive ability but he established a tight checking group that executed defensively and scored just enough to win the division and a playoff round.

    That group got no help from Dave Nonis the next year, could not survive a run of injuries and finished out of the playoffs. Nonis was canned and Mike Gillis came in and over a few years addressed the teams poor forward depth which gave AV a lot more to work with.


  21. davebabychreturns - Jun 15, 2013 at 8:43 PM


    Under Gillis we’ve seen defensemen given the green light to pinch liberally and go way down low in the offensive zone, even guys like Andrew Alberts at times. The team has always exited the zone with quick passes from the defense however we increasingly saw long passes to attempt to gain odd man rushes (something that has become stale and predictable over the last couple of seasons). We’ve seen innovative use of forwards like Manny Malhotra and the Sedins. We’ve seen a lot of regular season success.

    Some of the things I do not like about AV are the fact that he doesn’t have much success changing gears in short time frames; we almost lost a playoff series to LA because our PK took three or four games to adjust to them and I personally will always wonder why he never attempted to play a more conservative style in the 2011 Finals with so many players hurt and the offence sputtering. Lastly as I implied earlier while this team did a lot oh things right in 2010-11 they are no longer working and yet the team kept trying what clearly wasn’t working.

    Finally AV loves him some players who do the little things right and make the high percentage plays. Over the years Canucks fans have howled about his preferences for simple players like Aaron Rome over Keith Ballard, and we’ve seen relatively productive offensive players like Grabner, Shirokov and Wellwood find themselves out of the lineup. I wouldn’t assume your young forward prospects are going to get a trial by fire at the NHL level.

    Anyway hope that helps.

  22. banger60 - Jun 15, 2013 at 9:34 PM


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