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Rangers, Vigneault to face Canucks, Tortorella in preseason

Jul 16, 2013, 5:06 PM EDT

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On Tuesday, the New York Rangers released their preseason schedule.

While normally cause for little interest, the release was intriguing in that it features a game that defies all preconceived notions of preseason hockey — because it’s actually kind of compelling.

On Sept. 26, new coach Alain Vigneault will take the Blueshirts to his old stomping ground, Vancouver, to face the Canucks, who are now coached by Vigneault’s predecessor in New York:

John Tortorella.

Drama!

The game is part of New York’s West Coast exhibition tour, which begins with a Sept. 23 game in Calgary, followed by a game the following night against the Oilers in Edmonton.

From there, the Rangers will fly to Vancouver to take on the Canucks, before heading to Las Vegas to partake in the Kings’ annual Frozen Fury event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

It makes sense the Canucks and Rangers would find a way to meet up.

Per the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the first time in NHL history two coaches have swapped benches and become the other’s immediate successor.

Vigneault left Vancouver as the Canucks’ all-time winningest head coach, capturing the Jack Adams trophy in 2007 while leading the club to back-to-back Presidents’ Trophies in 2011 and ’12.

Tortorella was an Adams nominee in 2012, leading the Rangers to first place in the Eastern Conference (for the first time since 1994) and the conference finals (for the first time since 1997.)

  1. villi5ed - Jul 16, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Two words, Torts:

    Risperdal. Xanax.

  2. rpiotr01 - Jul 16, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Really, what’s interesting about it? Torts and Vigneault aren’t skating, and what ill will do they have towards one another?

    Now if the Devils play a pre-season game against SKA St. Petersburg, count me in!

  3. imleftcoast - Jul 16, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    Five words: should, be, outside, in, January

  4. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 16, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    I saw ‘Tortorella’ and then the letters p-r-e-s so I assumed it was going to be a press conference battle.

  5. DED - Jul 16, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    As it’s preseason, not too sure what the lineups will be but should they meet during the regular season (I have no idea how the new schedule shapes up after the big realignment) that could prove interesting. Instant coaching rivalry?

  6. atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 16, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Sept 23rd game in Calgary….or possibly Saskatoon

    • imleftcoast - Jul 16, 2013 at 10:16 PM

      They could have a 1994 SCF rematch outside in Saskatoon, but since hell will be frozen over when that happens, might as well just play it there.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 16, 2013 at 11:03 PM

        Huh? I was talking about the Rangers game in Calgary, if the Saddledome isn’t ready the game will be played in Saskatoon.

  7. r4n6er - Jul 16, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Uh oh preseason…when neither team will be showcasing any of their stars…who cares.

  8. jessejames182 - Jul 17, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    I’ll believe this “preseason” exists when I see it.

  9. iHeartHockey31 - Jul 17, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    Too bad the game isn’t on a Wednesday. It could have been the first preseason game to be featured on the NHL on NBC’s ‘Wednesday Night Rivalry Night’.

    http://rangers.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=678113&navid=DL|NYR|home

  10. mm1022714 - Jul 17, 2013 at 6:37 AM

    A “wimpy” coach goes to a big-mouth city & a “big-mouth” coach goes to a wimpy city. Well I guess they’re franchises are both hoping “opposites attract” because the “it takes one to know one” sure the hell didn’t work!

    • gman16 - Jul 21, 2013 at 2:38 PM

      “Wimpy city”????? Tell that to Vancouver’s police force….or better yet go hang out on the streets of downtown after a major win or loss on the Vancouver sports landscape.

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