Thread: Confirmed with Link: Rangers Name Alain Vigneault Head Coach
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06-13-2013, 04:54 AM
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The former Vancouver coach is believed to have made a favorable impression on Sather, though an offer to replace John Tortorella does not seem imminent. That could change, however, if the Stars make a time-sensitive offer to Vigneault, who has previously interviewed with Dallas GM (and former colleague) Jim Nill.

The Blueshirts do not appear to be in any rush to speak with former Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff before their meetings conclude tomorrow. Potential candidate Dan Bylsma was removed from the list of hypotheticals when the Penguins announced yesterday they had extended his contract through 2015-16.

That would appear to leave Dave Tippett, the Phoenix coach whose contract runs through June 30 and who has said his preference is to re-up with the Coyotes if their ownership situation is settled, as the only other experienced candidate, and he too is only a hypothetical.

Then, there is Messier, whose experience and success on the ice and his stature within Rangers’ and NHL lore constitute his resume.

Sources from the Boston area where Brian Leetch makes his home told The Post the Hall of Fame defenseman would likely join the Rangers’ coaching staff as an assistant if Messier is hired.

The Blueshirts would need to hire a technocrat with meaningful NHL coaching experience to complement Messier and Leetch should Sather opt to go in that direction, one that would seem a far riskier one than hiring Vigneault.
Read more: Ex-Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault still the favorite for New York Rangers coaching search - NYPOST.com http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/range...#ixzz2W5WP7U72

The Rangers were impressed with Vigneault as they should be.

Where are the Coyotes moving to? Seattle is the popular destination.Where? The Key Arena no longer has ice making machines. The Tacoma Dome? Where is the long term building in Seattle? The new building in Seattle was based on the group in Seattle buying the Kings and moving them to Seattle. The hockey team would be the 2nd tenant with another owner owning the hockey team. That did not happen. The NBA will probably give Seattle an expansion team but that's down the road. Bettman and Daly are funny. The last time they were speaking together was December 8 at the Westin in Times Square. We will die on the hill over 5 year contract limits. Really? The players have to accept our offer as is with zero negotiation. They were making the same threats last night to Glendale.

Ruff was in VAN interviewing for the Canucks job. Its not that far for Ruff to travel to California from Vancouver. That doesn't seem to be in the plans.

Messier and Leetch? Are they playing?

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