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Report: Rangers hire Ulf Samuelsson as assistant coach

Jun 30, 2013, 5:07 PM EDT


The New York Rangers have begun to assemble Alain Vigneault’s coaching staff.

Former Phoenix associate coach and ex-NHLer Ulf Samuelsson will reportedly be hired as one of Vigneault’s assistants, according to Larry Brooks of the New York Post.

Samuelsson, 49, was with the Coyotes from 2006-11, working under Wayne Gretzky for the first three years of his tenure, then Dave Tippett for the last two.

Last season, he was the head coach of Modo of the Swedish Elite League, taking the club to a seventh-place finish in the regular season and a quarterfinal loss in the playoffs.

The former NHLer — who won a pair of Stanley Cups in Pittsburgh during the early 90s — got his coaching start with the Rangers organization, serving as an assistant with AHL Hartford in 2005-06.

With the Wolfpack, he coached current Rangers Dan Girardi and Marc Staal.

  1. DED - Jun 30, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Ulfie was a brutal player. A lot of people hated him for his less than savory tactics. However, it doesn’t appear that he passed on those “techniques” to Girardi and Staal.

  2. sabatimus - Jun 30, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Maybe Rivalry Night will actually mean something this time when the Bruins play the Rangers. I’d like to see Cam and Ulf in the same room.

  3. ray2013 - Jun 30, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    I just picture the former “undisputed king of the cheapshot” telling the NYR D to “sweep the leg”. Or is that just me?

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