Alain Vigneault has been chosen to coach the New York Rangers, after being released by the Vancouver Canucks after a first round sweep in the 2013 playoffs. The coaching job in New York came shortly after John Tortorella was fired after losing their playoff series to the Boston Bruins. Vigneault went 26-15-7 in the regular season.
Vigneault was also a top candidate to fill the coaching job with the Dallas Stars, but decided to go with the Rangers. Maybe he felt it was a better choice because of stronger players, but it might not be. With Sergei Gonchar signing in the big “D,” and the new logo being premiered to the fans, I think next season we can see Dallas hit the playoff scene. But with the Rangers, not much work needs to be done. Going from a team with twin Superstars, Vigneault will move to the big city and coach stars like Henrik Lundqvist and Rick Nash.
Vigneault was the only candidate against Rangers’ Mark Messier to go through formal meetings for the coaching job. Messier is the assistant to the president and GM of the Rangers. With a great coaching record, Vigneault has taken the Canucks to the playoffs many times, including their run to the cup in 2011, where they lost a hard battle to the Boston Bruins. They won the President’s Trophy a couple times in the last few years, and it was thanks to the coaching job of Alain Vigneault.
Was this the right choice for Vigneault, or should he have chosen the Dallas Stars? It could have gone any way, but as fans, I know we like to make our opinions heard. In the poll below, answer it and put anything you want to be seen in the comments below it. I thrive off of your opinion, so please, let me hear it.
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