New York, NY (Sports Network) - The New York Rangers named Alain Vigneault as
their new head coach on Friday, replacing John Tortorella, who was fired on
Reports last weekend indicated that Vigneault was the Rangers' choice,
particularly after it was reported that he withdrew his name from
consideration from the Dallas Stars job, which on Friday went to Lindy Ruff.
Vigneault arrives on Broadway fresh from a seven-year stint with the Vancouver
Canucks, including a 26-15-7 record and a Northwest Division title during this
past lockout-shortened season.
Despite leading Vancouver to 30-or-more wins in six straight seasons and
guiding the club to a club-record 54 wins with a Stanley Cup Finals appearance
in 2011, the Canucks faltered in the opening round of the postseason the last
two years, losing a five-round decision to the Kings last year and suffering a
sweep at the hands of San Jose last month.
"Alain Vigneault has had success throughout his career and his coaching style
is a perfect fit for the Rangers," said Rangers president and general manager
Glen Sather in a statement Friday. "We feel very fortunate to have him leading
this team, as we continue to pursue our ultimate goal of winning the Stanley
The 52-year-old native of Quebec compiled a 313-170-57 regular-season record
and 33-31 postseason mark with Vancouver. He won the Jack Adams Award as the
NHL's top coach in 2007 after helping the Canucks to 49 wins and a playoff
Prior to his successful stint with Vancouver, Vigneault guided Montreal to a
record of 109-118-39 in 3 1/2 seasons from 1997-2000. The Canadiens made the
playoffs just once during his tenure and he was fired after the club started
5-13-2 during the 2000-01 campaign.
Overall, Vigneault has a regular-season record of 422-288-96, but just 37-41
in the playoffs.
Tortorella was surprisingly dismissed after the Rangers reached the Eastern
Conference finals last season and the conference semifinals this year.
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