Alain Vigneault has agreed to become the new head coach of the New York Rangers, according to TSN Insider Bob McKenzie’s Twitter.
Vigneault, 52, spent the last seven seasons as head coach of the Vancouver Canucks. Vigneault was let go by the Canucks, the team he took to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2011, after getting swept by the San Jose Sharks in the first round of this year’s playoffs.
Vigneault was reportedly also in contention for the Dallas Stars head-coaching job, but recently bowed out of that race.
The Rangers found themselves in need of a new head coach after firing their previous one, controversial disciplinarian John Tortorella.
Long-time Buffalo Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff was also reported to be in contention for the Rangers’ job, but many saw his style as too similar to that of Tortorella’s for a team looking for a change.
Vigneault, contrary to his predecessor, is known as an offensive-minded coach and will bring a new style of play to The Big Apple.
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