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by Paul on 11/29/13 at 11:08 AM ET
from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,
As long as John Tortorella coaches the Vancouver Canucks and Alain Vigneault coaches the Rangers, the comparisons will be inevitable.
The Rangers under the calm, cool Vigneault are loose and enjoying themselves. Last week on a swing through the South, the Rangers celebrated victories in Dallas and Nashville; Vigneault joked about his Johnny Cash man-in-black suit; and the players’ fathers were along for part of the trip. In Vancouver under Tortorella, it was all business, serious business. He defiantly explained why he said his team “sucked” after a loss; had a closed-door meeting after a win with David Booth, a player in his doghouse; and talked about the young forward Zack Kassian’s deficiencies after benching him in another loss. In the Canucks’ dressing room, Kassian looked scared.
“They’re both very good, but just different styles of coaches,” said Mike Gillis, the Canucks’ general manager, who arranged what amounted to a Vigneault-for-Tortorella swap last spring with Glen Sather, the Rangers’ general manager. “Alain’s style is what works for him, and it worked for us. John’s style is just different. Technically they’re both extremely sound. They just give direction differently, I guess.”
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