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Reports: Vigneault gets five-year, $10 million contract to coach Rangers

Jun 17, 2013, 5:04 PM EDT

Alain Vigneault AP

In news first reported by TVA Sports’ Louis Jean, the New York Rangers and head coach Alain Vigneault have agreed on a five-year contract worth $10 million.

Sportsnet’s John Shannon has since confirmed the deal, adding that it was the same one Dallas offered Vigneault. (The Stars have yet to fill their coaching vacancy.)

For Vigneault, the money and term is testament to the reputation he built in Vancouver, where the Canucks won the Presidents’ Trophy twice and went to the playoffs six times in the seven seasons he was behind the bench.

The one thing Vigneault failed to do in Vancouver, however, was win a Stanley Cup, and that’s ultimately what led to his firing in May.

  1. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Jun 17, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    It really doesn’t matter who they sign to coach. This organization is just like the Jets and Mets in New York. They’re an incompetent joke from the ownership on down and have one cup in three-quarters of a century to prove it.

  2. jaredo10 - Jun 17, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    as a Ranger Fan I’m excited for a change from that rat basturd but also concerned and hope players will play for him

  3. 950003cups - Jun 17, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    I’m gonna miss Torts’ post game pressers. The guy was entertaining. Not a great coach, but fun as hell to watch get grilled by Larry Brooks.

    Alain….. No clue how he’ll do. I know his Canucks were known divers, but that doesn’t mean it will be the story here.

  4. killerpgh - Jun 17, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Would of been nice to see what he could of done with another star player like Gaborik if Torts wouldn’t have had him shipped out of town.

    • stakex - Jun 17, 2013 at 8:19 PM

      Rangers would have had to let someone walk this summer if they kept Gaborik. They need to re-sign McD, Stepan, and Hagglin…. and they probably have JUST enough to do it now as it is. I’d rather they keep those guys then Gaborik, though Haggs is over rated.

  5. ballistictrajectory - Jun 17, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Let the diving begin!

  6. dglelite - Jun 17, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    funny how, if Torts goes to Vancouver, this is basically a trade of coaches!

    It would be interesting to see which coach has the greater impact in that situation.

  7. bronxsanman - Jun 17, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Welcome to New York. Now go get the job done. Fix this god awful power play and we should be fine.

  8. englishpetal - Jun 17, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    I’d be smiling like that to for that much money!!

    ….does anyone know if this makes him the highest paid coach???

  9. stakex - Jun 17, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    I just hope he aims to play a balanced style of hockey, like Boston/Chicago/LA. Offense only hockey doesn’t win Cups… and Vigneault is starting with a much better back end then he ever had with the Canucks. Hope he doesn’t screw it up.

    • kaptaanamerica - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:54 PM

      Canucks have a great d corps. you should start paying attention to the west.

  10. imleftcoast - Jun 18, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    All deflection: Bruins and Hawks are league leaders in diving.

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