Lundqvist would probably trade in all of his endorsement deals, give away closets full of designer suits and hand over the keys to his Maserati in an instant if it meant he could take one sip from Lord Stanley’s Cup.
Zuccarello showed Rangers fans the clearest indication of his staying power when he returned from the KHL at the back end of last season.
The Rangers announced on Friday that they will not use a compliance buyout on the former Conn Smythe Trophy winner, and he will be back with the team for the 2013-2014 campaign.
Vigneault needs to do what comes naturally for him, and that means developing offensive creativity on a team that’s been nearly bereft of that commodity.
The Vancouver Canucks hired John Tortorella to be their new coach on Tuesday.
The hiring of ex-Rangers head coach John Tortorella by the Vancouver Canucks is an extremely risky appointment.
Just over four weeks after he was fired by the Vancouver Canucks, Vigneault took over as coach of the New York Rangers on Friday — replacing the blustery John Tortorella three weeks after his dismissal.
“I don’t really know what Mark is going to do,” general manager Glen Sather told the New York Post. “He was very disappointed when I called to tell him that we were going to hire Alain.”
Vigneault may not be a breath of fresh air, but he’s not the restrictive leader that Tortorella was and that’s good news for the Rangers.
Once hired, Alain Vigneault will find success in New York by being everything that John Tortorella wasn’t.
Amid reports that Alain Vigneault is the New York Rangers’ choice to replace fired coach John Tortorella, the team still isn’t ready to make that announcement.
Things have escalated quickly. Now, it seems it’s just a matter of Alain Vigneault and the New York Rangers sorting out the details.
Dan Bylsma’s accomplishments as a whole are hugely impressive for a 42-year-old coach. The Penguins would be foolish to fire Bylsma. He would be welcomed by the Rangers’ organization with open arms.
It’s not about a coach forcing a style of play down his players’ throats. Those days are over. That’s the lesson of John Tortorella’s painful regime.
The list of candidates to become next Rangers coach has grown to Alain Vigneault, Mark Messier, Lindy Ruff, Wayne Gretzky and Dallas Eakins.