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Is Alain Vigneault The Right Coach For The Philadelphia Flyers?

from Mike Sielski of Philly.com,

So let’s consider those factors. Vigneault will be the Flyers’ fifth head coach since the beginning of the 2013-14 season, which was less than six years ago. Over that span, they have reached the playoffs just three times and have not advanced beyond the first round. And last fall, by firing general manager Ron Hextall and, later, coach Dave Hakstol, they abandoned the lengthy, gradual process that Hextall, rightly, had decided was necessary to rebuild and fortify the organization’s infrastructure.

That the franchise cycled through so many coaches during so short a period with such similar results suggests that none of them were ever the team’s primary problem. And the post-Flyers performances of a couple of them – the Nashville Predators have been consistently excellent under Laviolette, and Craig Berube shepherded the St. Louis Blues to a marvelous turnaround this season – only reaffirm the notion that sometimes a smart coach is just the right person in the right place at the right time with the right group of athletes.

Which brings us back to Vigneault and the reasons for skepticism. In a conference call Monday, Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher presented Vigneault as a coach for all seasons and styles of roster. “His track record speaks for itself,” Fletcher said. “He’s had success at the junior level. He’s had success in the minor leagues. And he’s had success in the NHL. You can’t have success at all those levels unless you’re good at developing players, good at connecting with veterans, and he’s a guy who, again, gets his teams to play hard and gets his teams to buy in.”

It’s reasonable to think that the Flyers’ players will respond positively to Vigneault for at least a little while. His credentials and experience should earn him that respect, and both the Canucks and Rangers improved immediately upon his arrival. But it’s worth noting, again, the circumstances of those situations. Vigneault is regarded as a players’ coach, at his best a calming influence over a locker room, and such an influence was required in his previous two stops.

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The New Head Coach For The Philadelphia Flyers Is Alain Vigneault

via the Philadelphia Flyers,

The Philadelphia Flyers have appointed Alain Vigneault as the 21st head coach in franchise history, signing him to a multi-year contract, according to Executive Vice President & General Manager Chuck Fletcher.

"We are extremely excited to have Alain join this franchise and lead our team behind the bench for many years to come," said Fletcher. "He brings a tremendous amount of success over an extended period of time that will prove valuable to our team to take the next steps in returning the winning culture to the Philadelphia Flyers organization."

"It is an honor to be selected as the next head coach of the Flyers," said Vigneault. "The history they have established and the passionate fan base has made this a first-class franchise. I am excited to work with Chuck, the talented group of players and prospects coming up through the system, in order to return Philadelphia to the top of the NHL landscape."

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Would The LA Kings Be Interested In Alain Vigneault?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- As of late in the week, no team had contacted the Rangers for permission to speak to Alain Vigneault since he was dismissed within hours of delivering his valedictory address following the team’s final game of last season in Philadelphia.

But we wonder if that might change within the not-too-distant future. Specifically, we would suggest that Vigneault could become a person of interest in Los Angeles if president Luc Robitaille and general manager Rob Blake grow impatient with third-year man John Stevens behind the bench.

The Kings are a win-now team that hasn’t won enough or played nearly well enough these first couple of weeks of the season...

- Asking for a friend with the initials SY, but will the Red Wings make a change behind the bench in promoting assistant Dan Bylsma or will they allow Jeff Blashill to remain in place for the duration so as not to threaten the club’s hold on 31st-overall and thus the largest number of ping pong balls in the Jack Hughes sweepstakes?

- So I have typed “Presidents’ Trophy” hundreds of times and I guess I would like someone to please explain why the NHL awards a Presidents’ Trophy when the league hasn’t had a president since John Ziegler completed his term more than a quarter of a century ago?

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At the time of this post, the Kings are losing to the Sabres in LA 4-0 after 2.

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Statement From Alain Vigneault

NEW YORK, April 8, 2018 – The following is a statement from Alain Vigneault:

I would like to thank the New York Rangers management - Mr. James Dolan, Glen Sather and Jeff Gorton - for allowing me the privilege to coach the Rangers. I spent five wonderful years in New York and I want to express my gratitude to all the coaches, players and staff that I worked with during that period of my life. The Rangers have an incredible fan base and I will cherish many special moments, especially our trip to the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Rangers are going in a different direction, I respect that and I wish them all the best. Thus far in my coaching career I am very grateful that I have had the privilege to work with three great organizations - Vancouver, and two Original Six teams with New York and Montreal. I have great respect for everyone in the media but for now please understand that I don’t intend to comment any further, as I will regroup with my family.

Thank you everyone for a great ride and life-lasting memories.

AV

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Alain Vigneault Done In New York

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The Future Of Alain Vigneault With The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

This is Alain Vigneault’s fifth full season behind the bench on Broadway. It is safe to say the Rangers coach is not necessarily safe for a sixth season, even if he has two years remaining at just more than $4 million per on the contract extension he was granted in January of 2017.

Management/ownership would be foolish not to review the situation following the end of this season that continued with a match Wednesday at the Garden against the Bruins. That wouldn’t necessarily be unique to this year, but the severe breakdowns that have marked this step-back season will most certainly heighten the inspection of every part of the operation.

Know this. The Rangers would prefer not to make a change. There is much internal respect for Vigneault, who has earned it by coaching the team to the NHL’s sixth-best regular-season record over the first four years of his tenure while winning what is tied for the second-most playoff series victories over that same span.

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A Must Win For Alain Vigneault?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

There is considerable chatter circulating within the industry that Tuesday night’s match at the Garden against Vegas could be determinative for coach Alain Vigneault, whose Rangers slipped to 3-7-2 with Saturday night’s 5-4 defeat in Montreal that featured another distressing, no-show first period.

If this intelligence represents more than a case of deductive reasoning, then the conclusion that a change is necessary behind the bench has essentially already been made, whether the deciders do or do not know it and/or do or do not want to admit it.

If an organization is unsure the coach is the right guy, then he is the wrong guy.

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‘Early overreactions’

USA Today's Kevin Allen and Jimmy Hascup issue "early overreactions" to the NHL season thus far:

Nikita Kucherov could be the MVP: True. His seven-game goal scoring streak to start the season reflects a star entering his prime, not a player experiencing a hot streak. He netted 30 goals in 2015-16 and 40 goals last season. His wicked shot, experience and elusiveness give him 50-goal ability. He meshes well with Lightning linemates Steven Stamkos and Vladislav Namestnikov. He has a career 54.6% Corsi, which is an indication of puck possession. Kucherov could end up with monstrous statistics. If the Lightning continue to be among the NHL’s best teams, Kucherov will be in Hart conversation.

New York Rangers (1-5-1) are done: False. Regardless if the struggles cost coach Alain Vigneault his job, the Rangers still possess enough talent to be a playoff team. With Kevin Shattenkirk, the defense has been molded to transition the puck better, and it doesn’t seem likely the defense will be this bad all year. The forward group — even without a true star — has the pieces to be effective. Even if they don’t match the scoring rate of 9.3% at five-on-five from last season, they won’t shoot 5.2% all year. At 35, Henrik Lundqvist is still very good.

NHL’s increased crackdown on slashing will create a significant scoring increase: False. Teams are averaging 3.10 goals per game. If that would hold for an entire season, it would be the first time in 13 years teams have averaged three goals per game. But we’ve seen this before: The NHL changes how it officiates the game, and goals go up. We know it’s only temporary. Right now, the number of power play opportunities have increased and shots on goal are up by two shots per game (30.1 to 32.1). But history tells us NHL players will adapt quickly. Before long, we will be back below three goals per game.

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Report- A Contract Extension For Alain Vigneault

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

You know that five-year contract Alain Vigneault signed to coach the Rangers in July of 2013 meant to keep him on the job through the end of next season?

Well, not any longer … or to be more precise, it is now for longer than that, with The Post learning exclusively that the Blueshirts have extended Vigneault’s contract by two years through 2019-20 with a bump on the coach’s annual $2 million income.

So no prospective lame duck behind the New York bench at the Garden on Tuesday, when the Blueshirts face the Blue Jackets and John Tortorella, Vigneault’s predecessor on Broadway. And no offseason questions about the club’s direction behind the bench.

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Alain Vigneault On No Suspension For Wayne Simmonds

from Andrew Gross of Ranger Rants,

McDonagh suffered a concussion when he was hit by the Flyers’ Wayne Simmonds with a gloved punch to his jaw at 10:36 of the first period of the Rangers’ 3-2 shootout win at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday afternoon. Simmonds received a match penalty and a game misconduct.

But coach Alain Vigneault was livid that the NHL did not issue supplemental discipline, either for the “sucker-punch” or for Simmonds throwing his stick towards the on-ice officials.

“I had a feeling he had a concussion,” Vigneault said. “We weren’t 100 percent sure. He had some symptoms.

“What I didn’t expect was the reaction from the league. An All-Star player gets sucker-punched, goes down. I wonder if that’s (Sidney) Crosby, what happens? What are the consequences? And, on top of that, a player breaks his stick, throws it at the referees. In the rulebook, that’s automatic. It’s three games. Nothingg happens. It’s not even on the sheet after the game.

“And the referee came to me and I said, ‘Am I getting a power play here?’ and he said, ‘No, he’s getting a game misconduct for throwing his stick at us,’” Vigneault continued. “And it’s not on the sheet. I think maybe you guys (the media) should call the league and find out what happened because obviously we’re getting different answers.”

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Alain Vigneault Not Happy With The Effort From The New York Rangers

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

It was like you could see the steam coming out of Alain Vigneault’s ears, see the fire burning in his belly, see his face slowly start to turn a shade of red.

So the Rangers’ coach stormed off before he could say anything he might regret, having already done enough bashing of his team after a sleepy and confounding 3-0 loss to the Senators on Sunday afternoon at Canadian Tire Center.

“I really thought we were building momentum,” Vigneault said, his team coming off consecutive wins for the first time since just before Thanksgiving, the most recent a complete 4-1 road victory over the Hurricanes on Friday. “We played a real strong game in Carolina on the road. Thought we were getting somewhere. Then we come up with this tonight. So, thanks, I’m outta here.”

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Alain Vigneault Responds To Claude Julien Remarks On Henrik Lundqvist

via Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News,

Alain Vigneault fired back swiftly, directly and fiercely Saturday morning at Claude Julien, responding to the Boston Bruins coach’s Friday comments that Henrik Lundqvist had done “some acting” on a right knee to the head from Bruins forward Brad Marchand.

“Well, (the Rangers public relations staff) filled me in a little bit on what was said after the game,” Vigneault said. “I mean it’s a little disappointing. Obviously everybody saw the knee to the head. The comments on Hank were very inappropriate. The way Hank conducts himself, on the ice, away from the rink, off the ice, the example that he sets. Who would you rather have as a son, Henrik Lundqvist or Brad Marchand? For him to say things like that about Hank, totally wrong, and probably Claude is getting a little older and needs to check his eyesight.”

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Hartley, Laviolette, Vigneault named Jack Adams finalists

From the NHL:

Bob Hartley of the Calgary Flames, Peter Laviolette of the Nashville Predators and Alain Vigneault of the New York Rangers are the three finalists for the 2014-15 Jack Adams Award, presented to the head coach who has "contributed the most to his team's success," the National Hockey League announced today.

Members of the NHL Broadcasters' Association submitted ballots for the Jack Adams Award at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 24, during the 2015 NHL Awards from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Following are the finalists for the Jack Adams Award, in alphabetical order:

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Alain Vigneault After Practice Today

from Andrew Gross of Ranger Rants,

So here is what Vigneault had to say today:

On whether it’s harder to move on from that type of loss:

“For us a loss is a loss in the playoffs. To tell you the truth, none of them, whether they be in the playoffs or the regular season are easy to digest.  What you’ve got to do is you’ve got to learn from the games that we’ve played and there’s definitely things we can learn from last night. You can’t stop playing on a play, that’s what happened on that last play.

The standards have been set for what’s allowed as far as hitting from behind.  Ovechkin on Hickey.  Last night on Boyle.  We know what the standards are, play up to those standards.  What else did we learn from last night?  Their top line,  I mean, I could say they had their way with us. 

They probably had more than two thirds of their scoring chances.  We need to do a better job against that line without a doubt. We need to, offensively, even though I thought we spent a lot of quality time, we created some good looks.  One goal won’t cut it. We know we need to be better. There are some areas from last night’s game that we’re going to work from and we’re going to move forward. We had a good meeting this morning, practice and we’re going to move forward.”

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Coach Sutter And Coach Vigneault Post-Game

Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider with the full transcript of Darryl Sutter post-game,

On an inclination in 2012 that the team would be capable of winning multiple Cups:

We did it a different way in ’11-12. That’s something that I don’t think could ever happen again if you go back to that because of winning as a road team all the time. This year was totally different. A lot of new players in our lineup. We knew we had to at some point. During the Olympics, I always thought about this, ‘How are we going to beat Chicago? How are we going to beat Chicago?’ Dean got Gaborik. We were able to put some kids in, go from there.

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Alain Vigneault post-game...

 

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Videos- Sutter And Vigneault Post-Game

First up is coach Sutter in 1:25...

 

 

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Alain Vigneault After The Morning Skate Today

added 2:02pm, Video of Alain Vigneault meeting with the media is below..


Q.  Is the mood different from yesterday?  The guys seemed a little down yesterday.  You thought they'd be more upbeat today.

COACH VIGNEAULT:  Not sure what you guys expected.  But I think our overall mood was the one that was expected and appropriate.  I didn't think anybody would be making cartwheels yesterday.
Today we're back at work.  We had a good meeting this morning.  We're getting ready for a good hockey game tonight.

Q.  I'm assuming all lineup decisions will be a game time?

COACH VIGNEAULT:  Your persistence, I love it (smiling).

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Video- Alain Vigneault After Practice Today

Alain Vigneault spoke with the media today after practice today...

 

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Videos- Alain Vigneault And Darryl Sutter After Game 3

First up is Alain Vigneault...

 

Followed by Darryl Sutter below...

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Video- Coach Alain Vigneault Today

Here is coach Vigneault today after arriving in New York.

 

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Video- Alain Vigneault Post-Practice Today

Six minutes of Vigneault...

 

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Video- Glen Sather And Alain Vigneault Meet With The Media

Glen Sather and Alain Vigneault answered questions from the media today in LA...

 

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Transcript Of Coach Alain Vigneault After The Morning Skate Today

Q.  Coach, do you resent what happened yesterday with your assistants being asked to leave the Canadiens practice, and what is your reaction to the reason why?

 COACH VIGNEAULT:  Well, we were treated very unfairly yesterday.  There is no rule.  There was no agreement between both teams.  That is the exception, not the rule.  I mean, I've been asked in the past to do this on a couple of occasions.  Usually the coach calls me or the GM calls the GM, never happened.  What happened yesterday was uncalled for.  Without a doubt, my staff handled it with a lot of class, just like our team, play whistle to whistle, don't get involved with the other stuff.  We're very credible. This is the  National Hockey League, and that type of behavior, we're lucky it didn't escalate.

Q.  Just wanted to ask you about something else you said yesterday.  Therrien made a reference to knowing exactly what Brassard's injury is.  Did that bother you at all or did you interpret that as threatening in any way?

COACH VIGNEAULT:  Let's put it this way, I hope nothing happens to Brass, the player, and Michel could be in trouble.

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Video- Inside Hockey Feature On Alain Vigneault

Scott Oake of Hockey Night in Canada has a three minute sit down with Alain Vigneault.

 

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Alain Vigneault Coaching His Way

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The only things missing on the Garden stage Wednesday were the orchestra conducted by Nelson Riddle and a bottle of Jack.

Because Alain Vigneault did his best Sinatra, and he did it a cappella, in explaining how he approaches his job as coach of the Rangers. As students of the NHL know, it is no different than the way he gained tenure behind the Vancouver bench before taking his cross-continental flight last summer to Broadway.

“I’ve got to think I was seven years in a Canadian market and the other Canadian markets at that time, 20 coaches went through. It’s a tough environment to coach,” Vigneault said. “I did it my way, and I’ve come to New York in another great hockey market, and I’m doing it my way.”

This was shortly after Vigneault said in response to a question about whether his approach here was at all related to following John Tortorella behind the bench.

“This is about me being me and bringing the right thing to this team,” he said. “This has nothing to do with what happened before me.”

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Coach Alain Vigneault After Practice Today

Q. Coach, what was your reaction when you heard about Price being out?

COACH VIGNEAULT:  It doesn't really change anything for us.  We're trying to get ready for our game.  Prior to the series, we had prepared for three possible goaltenders, obviously, spending more time on Price.  It's very unfortunate what happened to him.  But for us, it's business as usual.

Q.  Do you have any expectation of Kreider and/or that he might be a little bit of a target tonight?

COACH VIGNEAULT:  I can't speak for how they're going to react.  I can just tell you how we're going to play.  Kreider is a good player, an honest player like the rest of our team.  We play a straight forward game, whistle to whistle and that's not going to change tonight.

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New York Rangers Coach Alain Vigneault Talked With The Media Today

Q.  In your own words, what can you tell us about what the day was like and being there to support Marty?

COACH VIGNEAULT:  Well, what I can say is that the New York Rangers family has been touched by a little Quebec family in a deep, profound way.  Today was very emotional, very moving time for our team to have the opportunity to be there and share that with Marty and his family.

Marty took the stand or the podium or whatever you want to call it, and shared some incredible moments.  It was a very deep message.  It was a challenging day for us.

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Rangers aren’t a bad team, but the Penguins are running them over

George here on the late shift. I'm getting ready to wake up a little bit early to watch Wings players take part in the World Championships, which begin on Friday. The European press tends to look at the NHL playoffs from a rather Machiavellian perspective--sometimes actively rooting against the teams whose players include important national team contributors--and as such, I had one thought as Evgeni Malkin's 1-0 goal slithered past a goaltender who's more or less been left to his devices in Henrik Lunqvist:

"[Team Sweden coach and GM] Par Marts must be watching this game thinking, 'I can get Henke to Minsk by Sunday!'"

The Penguins defeated Lundqvist's Rangers 4-2, taking a 3-games-to-none series lead, and while the Penguins lost Brooks Orpik's services, the Rangers' combination of struggling stars on offense and a sometimes-shaky defense reminds me of--dare I say it?--the Wings-Bruins series.

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Afternoon Line

JT Miller "must show more committment on and off ice to earn right to be in NHL"

 "hopefully Miller will figure it out...if not he will be a good minor league player."

-Alain Vigneault, head coach of the New York Rangers on J.T. Miller, via Larry Brooks tweets.

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Brooks: Do the Rangers simply miss Tortorella, or were the Rangers nothing more than Tortorella?

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.

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Video- Listen To John Tortorella And Alain Vigneault

During the recent Rangers/Canucks game, both Tortorella and Vigneault were mic'd up.

Boy, when AV gets loud, his voice gets higher...

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Too Many “B” Players For The Rangers Today

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.”

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Morning Line

“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.

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Alain Vigneault Adjusts to Life in “la Grosse Pomme”

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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Stream- Watch New York Rangers Press Conference

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....

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Report- Vigneault Will Be The $10M Man In NYC

 

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Reports- Vigneault Will Be The Next Head Coach Of The NY Rangers

 

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Rangers, Stars Show Interest In Vigneault

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.

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Evening Line

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.

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Canucks Will Be Searching For A New Coach

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.

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Time To Replace Vigneault

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.

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Video- Alain Vigneault Upset With Bench Minor Penalty

Calgary scored the go-ahead goal one second after the minor had been killed.

 

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Vigneault Agrees To Contract Extension

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.”

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Do The Canucks Need A New Voice Behind The Bench?

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.

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Another Ref Called Out By Vancouver

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.

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Time For A New Coach In Vancouver?

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.

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Video- There’s No Laughing In Hockey



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.

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Chiarelli Fires Back At Vigneault

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.”

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Coach Vigneault From Boston Today

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

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Q & A With Coach Vigneault This Morning

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.

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