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The New York Post's Larry Brooks penned a Sunday column which does include his usual amount of GM-playing, but his focus upon the New York Rangers' struggles involves the team's new coach, Alain Vigneault, more than potential unrestricted free agents:
The Rangers have gone from having a maniacal control freak and his equally maniacal assistant (in professional temperament, that is) in their ears and faces to a seemingly detached coach who leaves much of the work to the players themselves.
The maniacal control freak and assistant would be John Tortorella and Mike Sullivan, respectively.
I asked one player this week whether he had been shown video relating to a specific play on the ice. The response, not offered as a criticism but in a matter-of-fact manner, was, “He says what he says and then expects you to figure it out.”
I’m not sure I’ve ever heard a coach unfavorably compare his team’s work ethic to another club’s the way Vigneault did last week in his evaluation of the Rangers and the Red Wings.
During the recent Rangers/Canucks game, both Tortorella and Vigneault were mic'd up.
Boy, when AV gets loud, his voice gets higher...
from Andrew Gross of Ranger Rants,
After patiently answering the media’s questions, Vigneault took out his frustrations opposite the way predecessor John Tortorella might have, that is saving his audible curse until the microphones were off and then slamming a door.
“We got exactly what we deserved,” said Vigneault, nixing the notion this was a lost opportunity for the Rangers. “We had too many guys with their B game on the ice against a Stanley Cup finalist, a team that was obviously not happy with their performance (after a 6-1 loss to the Red Wings). We came in here, I thought, with a lot on the line and should have been very motivated. We could have made this a real solid road trip instead of making it an OK road trip (3-2-0). Too many guys, their execution and their compete level…we got exactly what we deserved. We didn’t deserve to come out of here with a win and we didn’t.”
Vigneault, though, looked at the bigger picture when asked if this is the most frustrated he’s been.
“Our lack of consistency has been an ongoing issue here with a few of our players and we’re a .500 hockey team right now,” Vigneault said. “And that’s definitely not good enough.”
“It was a Martin St. Louis lovefest out there and nobody touched a soul, especially not him.
“It was a big no-hitter.”
-Alain Vigneault, head coach of the New York Rangers in his post-game comments. More on the Rangers' 5-0 loss to Tampa Bay from Larry Brooks of the New York Post.
New Rangers Coach Alain Vigneault spoke to RDS' Stéphane Leroux about adjusting to life in New York City (roughly translated by yours truly):
We're getting used to the big city. Before I had a five minute drive to work, maybe fifteen if I walked slowly. In New York, I'm 25 miles from our training site. But New York...it's New York." Said the new Rangers Coach.
Vigneault got within one win of the Stanley Cup with the Canucks. Does he feel closer to the big prize with his new team? The head coach responds to that question with a smirk.
"I had a very good team in Vancouver. I hear I have a very good team here. I'll do some evaluating and gradually get to know my players in training camp. Maybe next time, I'll be able to give you a better answer"
Vigneault went on to say that he's exactly the same person he was in Vancouver, and he sees himself as a man with a job to do, and doesn't expect to change his approach.
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Scheduled to begin at 11:00am ET, you can watch the announcement of Alain Vigneault being named head coach of the New York Rangers below....
from Katie Strang of ESPN New York,
Alain Vigneault, one of the top candidates for the Rangers' coaching job, was in New York on Friday, a source confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com.
With the whole Rangers front office en route to the East Coast from California, it's believed Vigneault was in New York to meet with team owner James Dolan.
A team spokesperson and spokesperson for Dolan declined to comment when reached via email Friday night.
Vigneault met with the Rangers earlier this week in La Quinta, Calif., during the team's organizational meetings and made a strong case for himself to succeed the recently dismissed John Tortorella.
However, even if the Rangers choose to offer Vigneault the job, he might have a tough choice to make.
Multiple sources told ESPNNewYork.com that Vigneault is a top candidate for the vacant coaching job with the Dallas Stars. He interviewed with general manager Jim Nill before flying to California to meet with the Rangers.
Another name competing for the Rangers' job is one of their own -- Mark Messier.
I am proud of many of the things we accomplished as a group these past seven seasons in Vancouver and only wish we were able to win the Canucks first Stanley Cup. I am a career coach and it is what I love to do. I hope to coach again in this League and will always have good memories of my time and the fans in Vancouver.
-Alain Vigneault. Read more from a release he sent out at the Canucks' website.
Numerous media outlets are confirming the report from Louis Jean of Vigneault being fired by the Canucks.
added 4:30pm, from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province.
Popes are elected in less time than it took the Canucks to fire Alain Vigneault. But now that the inevitable decision has been made, the longstanding debate over Vigneault’s abilities has finally come to an end.
For this we can only be thankful, because the issue had long since become tiresome. The small but persistently shrill anti-Vigneault faction laid a disproportionate share of blame for the Canucks’ shortcomings at the former coach’s feet. Vigneault supporters were likely blind to a staleness that had set root in the organization. In the end, it was simply time for a new voice, a new face, and unless Francesco Aquilini decided to reset the organization from top to bottom, Vigneault was going and general manager Mike Gillis was staying.
added 6:10pm, Read the press release from the Canucks below...
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
It is time to either put Vigneault (read: us) out of his (our) misery, not to mention a couple of assistant coaches who would be networking for their next job already, if what we suspect to be pending was actually announced as fact.
Penned beat man Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province: “Like a carton of sour milk, the expiration date on Vigneault has passed. Move on.”
We’re not so sure that analogy isn’t a tad harsh, as we’ve always found Vigneault to be anything but sour. Guarded around playoff time, yes. Sour? No, he’s usually good for a laugh or two.
But after seven seasons at the helm in Vancouver there is no doubt: The Big West Coast problem might not be Vigneault’s fault entirely, but it is his problem.
Calgary scored the go-ahead goal one second after the minor had been killed.
Vancouver, B.C. –Vancouver Canucks President and General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that Head Coach Alain Vigneault has agreed to terms on a contract extension.
“Alain has established himself as one of the premiere coaches in the National Hockey League,” said Gillis. “He has demonstrated a commitment to winning that has led to back-to-back Presidents’ Trophies and we are confident his dedication and hard work will continue to yield positive results. Alain has built a foundation of winning with this franchise and I feel he can continue to build on that foundation to achieve our ultimate goal.”
“I am pleased to be signing this extension to continue as the Head Coach of such an outstanding organization,” said Vigneault. “I look forward to taking the next step with this franchise in bringing the Stanley Cup to Vancouver. I feel fortunate to be able to work with such a dedicated group of management, coaches and players in this great city I love.”
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
Because of his long tenure enjoyed as head coach of the Vancouver Canucks, it might be a useful exercise to mount something of a defence for Alain Vigneault after another season whereby it looks all but certain his team is going to come to another crashing, miserable end in the NHL playoffs.
Those who worship the ground the man spits on will doubtless come out of their boots trying to keep him around because he’s an easy man with whom to work. So there will be plenty of “save the Presidents’ Trophy winning coach” material, and rightfully so because his regular season record is very, very good.
When looking at the team he took into this postseason, he was without his top goal scorer, his second-line centre has been off his game all season and the changes made at the trade dead-line essentially left him with one playmaking centre. It left him with plenty of toughness, but in the must-win Game 3, Dale Weise and Zack Kassian barely got a sniff, though the latter is a young player and we know how they fare in Vigneault regimes.
from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,
Move over, Stephane Auger, you’ve got company in the Vancouver Canucks’ refereeing doghouse.
Alain Vigneault met with reporters before Thursday night’s game in Dallas to provide an update on injured forward Daniel Sedin. And without actually naming referee Dan O’Halloran, the Canuck coach clearly indicated he wasn’t happy with the official’s work.
“We got a big two-minute power play off that hit from the same referee — remember last year when Daniel got punched six times in the face in the Boston series?” Vigneault said. “I seem to remember it was the same guy.”
That guy was O’Halloran, who made no call when Boston forward Brad Marchand used Daniel’s head as a punching bag in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final. On Wednesday night, O’Halloran gave Chicago defenceman Duncan Keith an elbowing minor for his hit to the head on Daniel in the first period of Vancouver’s 2-1 overtime loss to the Blackhawks at the United Center.
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
Vigneault’s time with this team is surely drawing very near the end because management owes it to the group to give them another coach next year, so as to have a fresh approach before the Sedins get too old to even talk about getting something done five-on-five….
What’s going on now is so unlike the professionalism of last year’s team and you have to wonder what effect it’s having on Zack Kassian and Marc-Andre Gragnani, who came over from Buffalo in the Cody Hodgson deal. Joining a team that was leading the ridiculously tough Western Conference, they probably thought they were going into a room whereby everyone did their utmost every night to make sure the team not only had a chance to win but dominated many games. They probably thought they were coached by somebody whose every word was carefully considered and perhaps even acted upon.
Instead they’ve reached the Vancouver country club where even a sixth defenceman like Aaron Rome is so cocksure of his position in the club pecking order that he chooses to compete when he feels like it with no repercussions whatsoever, other than a little holiday so Gragnani can get into enough games so as to prevent the newcomer from gaining group six free agency.
via Dan Murphy tweets,
Apparently AV laughing fit (as well as Bieksa breaking up) has to do with Vernon Fiddler doing a Kevin Bieksa “angry face” impression.
#stars Fiddler first did it as a member of the Predators and brought it back out today, much to the delight of the #canucks bench.
from Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston,
Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli took exception to the abrasive comments made by Vancouver Canucks coach Alain Vigneault and general manager Mike Gillis about Bruins forward Brad Marchand for his hit on Canucks defenseman Sami Salo on Saturday.
“It’s not normally my style to respond in the media to stuff like that, especially when there’s a hearing coming up,” Chiarelli said. “I would like to respond in the spirit of protecting our player. The comments made about our player, I don’t like that. Brad does play on the edge, but he’s no dirtier than two or three of their players.”
Q. Ryan Kesler didn’t skate today. Can you update his status?
COACH VIGNEAULT: He’s fine, just gave him a day off. That’s all. Usually keep it at day-to-day. Don’t want to spoil you guys too much (laughter).
Q. Alain, the wins and losses are obviously in your favor, but every other number in this series is in Boston’s favor. What do you make of that? Why do you think the games have been so different in Vancouver than the two here in Boston?
COACH VIGNEAULT: Again, talked about this a couple of times here. Two games in Boston, the second periods were a problem. We played real well in the first two periods, and for whatever reason, the game got away from us in the second.
Obviously we all know that we need to be better. We need to make every shift in every period count and that’s what we’re going to try to do tomorrow
Q. Can you tell me what you like about Chris Tanev’s game?
COACH VIGNEAULT: When we’ve used Chris this year he’s real steady, can make a first pass at the forecheck. He’s a kid that is playing in Manitoba, and we got in injury trouble and he came up and did a real solid job for us.
Q. You said you were being untruthful about your power play being ready to get there. Are they ready to get there tonight?
COACH VIGNEAULT: I certainly hope so! (Laughter.) We all know that our power play has been one of our weapons all year long. It’s kept the opposition honest. We’ve got some really skilled players that can make it work and go to the areas where it can work, and it’s been real good all year.
Right now, obviously, we’ve run into a patch here of a little bit more of a challenge. But I’ve got a lot of faith in these guys, we’ve spent a lot of times looking at different options here and I think like I said last game, I think tonight’s the night.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Vigneault doesn’t think Torres needs to change much, noting that: “A physical dimension is part of his game. Obviously, there are some adjustments and some education that all players have to go through, but I look at that hit and I compare that hit to (Ryan) Getzlaf on (Dan Hamhuis). I compare that hit to (Alexei) Ponikarovsky on Hamhuis - same type of hit - and Getzlaf didn’t even get a penalty on his.
“I mean, hockey’s a collision sport. There’s a lot of intensity. You’re always walking that fine line.”
Vigneault said he didn’t think Torres hit even warranted a penalty, “but at the end of the day, that’s me.
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
WILLES: In the 40-year history of this franchise, I don’t think there’s ever been the level of expectation which surrounds this team. How does that change things for you?
VIGNEAULT: We’ve been talking about that and we embrace that. I’m as excited as anyone else. I believe in today’s NHL there are windows for teams to have success and I think we’re in that window. Since I’ve been here we’ve grown every year and we’ve improved our personnel. I think we’re ready. We need to take the next step. We all have the same aspirations. They want to win. I want to win. The city wants to win.
So where do you have to be better to take the next step?
Obviously our road record needs to be better and our defence needs to be better. We had a real good offensive season and a lot of guys had breakout years. That should give them confidence and now they have to be better. I have to be better. My coaches have to be better. Management has to be better. We all have to be better.
via Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun,
Asked Tuesday for his thoughts on Canucks Day, Vigneault was dumbfounded.
“I’m not quite sure what you’re talking about,” he replied.
Told that Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson had proclaimed Tuesday ‘Canucks Day’ and that the team was being honoured at city hall, complete with a flag raising, Vigneault continued to flounder.
“Again, I don’t care,” he said, chuckling. “I didn’t know about it ... but it’s a great honour. I think it’s a real good thing.”
from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,
“I think it’s really quite unfair from your boy Ron MacLean to go after Alex the way he did tonight, and take the footage that he did tonight,” he said on the CBC’s After Hours program. “Ron MacLean should have had the footage of Auger and Burrows skating 31 seconds together prior to the game. That footage has never come out.
“You only see Auger and Burr talking to one another for about four seconds, but they did two full loops together and Stephane Auger and Alex Burrows agreed on everything that was said except for one thing.”
from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province via Faceoff.com,
If the Canucks don’t win the Stanley Cup this year, it’s not likely ever going to happen with Alain Vigneault as their head coach.
This may seem outlandish and ridiculous. But it’s the cold, harsh reality of NHL history.
A look at the past 82 Stanley Cup winners shows that only three times has a head coach been with a team for more than four years before winning a Cup. It suggests that if the chemistry between a coach and his team doesn’t result in a championship within four years, it’s not likely ever going to happen.
Think of it like a flipped hourglass which runs out of sand after that key fourth year.
The statistic may be numbing when you consider this is Vigneault’s fourth year at the helm in Vancouver.
TORONTO (November 12, 2009) – The National Hockey League announced today disciplinary action resulting from NHL game #245 between the Vancouver Canucks and St. Louis Blues, November 10.
Vancouver Canucks forward Darcy Hordichuk has been suspended automatically for one game, while head coach Alain Vigneault has been fined $10,000. Hordichuk was assessed an instigator penalty at 15:04 of the third period. He will miss tonight’s game at Detroit.
Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver Canucks President and General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that Head Coach Alain Vigneault has agreed to terms on a new contract that extends through the 2012.2013 season.
“This is a significant announcement for our hockey club,” said Mike Gillis. “Alain and his staff have done an excellent job leading our team to two Division titles in three years. I believe strongly in the partnership between management, coaches and players and we are all committed to building a championship team here in Vancouver.”
“This is an exciting day for me and my coaching staff,” said Alain Vigneault. “Having the opportunity to work with the Aquilini family, Mike and his staff and our players has been very rewarding. I love working and coaching in this tremendous hockey city and look forward to continuing to build on our previous success.
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
Word is that any day now the Vancouver Canucks are going to give head coach Alain Vigneault a three-year extension on his contract on top of the year he has left.
Now Vigneault is a good NHL coach and has done some fine work here in his three years, but why would general manager Mike Gillis be so generous when there appears to be absolutely no pressing reason why a coach needs what is essentially a four-year deal?
Isn’t that what Brian Burke did with Marc Crawford? He gave his coach a three-year extension and the club ended up dining on a year of that salary. And clearly by the way the Crawford era ended here, that decision should have been made a year earlier, meaning they would have eaten two years of that deal.
from Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun,
After his team’s playoff demise last May, Vancouver Canuck general manager Mike Gillis expressed his intent to extend the contract of head coach Alain Vigneault.
It’s now September, main training camp opens this weekend and no extension has been announced. But, like Christmas, it’s coming, says Gillis.
“There are a few things left to do but we expect to have a deal done before the season,” the GM said Monday as he watched his prospects skate at UBC before a full house. “Not necessarily before training camp starts [Saturday] but before the season.”
“No one in that dressing room is taking this lightly. We understand everyone’s frustration and disappointment, but we are going to stick together to get back on right track. Our guys are not indifferent, and they are taking this personally. They want to succeed, and sometimes wanting too much can hurt you as much as not wanting it enough.”
-Canucks coach Alain Vigneault after Vancouver lost their 8 straight home game last night. More on the game at VancouverCanucks.com.
From Jason Botchford at The Province:
“A week ago we were talking about how great the room was, how great the leadership was, how great everything was,” coach Alain Vigneault said. “Same players, same game on the ice.”
But much different results.
“When we were on that roll, we were finding ways to win at key moments. At 2-1 [Monday], we should have been able to shut it down and we didn’t. Is that making a defensive play? Is that making a save? I think it’s a combination of everything. Right now, we have to find a way to win.”
from the Vancouver Sun,
“In a way, I never doubted that I’d lost my scoring touch or something,” Naslund said. “I was just used to playing a certain way and playing with certain players. Maybe I’m more dependent on other players. I can only control my work ethic. I feel I’ve done my best. I haven’t scored lots, but I think the effort has been there all along.”...
His offensive renaissance has come since Vigneault consolidated the offence and moved Naslund on to the top unit, at even strength and on the power play, alongside Daniel and Henrik Sedin.
from the Vancouver Province,
“I don’t know what the expectations are,” said Vigneault. “I know our expectation is we want more and we want more success. We’re going to demand more from each other. We’re raising our own expectations.”
Vigneault then paused, his eyes grew wider and he became visibly animated.
“Our first step is making it to the dance. But making it isn’t as easy as saying we had success last season. It’s a big challenge. The teams that made the final two years ago [Carolina and Edmonton] didn’t make the playoffs last year. You have to respect that process. It’s our job to make sure the players don’t get caught looking ahead.
“We know about the challenge. We’re going to hit it head on with our work ethic and our preparation. We’re confident if we do it the right way we’ll get in the playoffs and then we’ll see what happens. And that has nothing to do with outside expectations.”