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.
Forwards Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin underwent surgery to repair torn labrums in their left shoulders. Both players will likely need 4-5 months to recover.
“Oh, I had a huge smile on my face, no question about it,” ex-Ranger Sean Avery told the New York Post on Thursday. “It’s not that I’m happy for myself. I’m happy for the Rangers and Ranger fans.”
Glen Sather must find a coach who understands that the Rangers need to develop their offensive instincts. Tortorella crushed players like Marian Gaborik, those who wanted to put the puck in the net. The next coach can’t be so limited in his outlook.
His coaching resume lacks the polish of Vigneault and Ruff, but he speaks the players’ language, and maybe that’s exactly what the Rangers need after Tortorella squeezed the confidence out of this team.
Rangers GM Glen Sather was vague when pressed for reasons why coach John Tortorella was fired. But multiple reports said the push to move on actually came from the players’ exit meetings.
The Rangers fired combative coach John Tortorella on Wednesday, four days after New York was eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs.
This city offers Henrik Lundqvist everything he desires. He isn’t going to turn his back and throw it all away.
Sather and the Rangers need a new philosophy and a new leader. Tortorella’s hard-edged discipline serves a purpose, but it’s not going to bring the Rangers a championship.
So what happened to the New York Rangers? Did they take a step back this year? Well, coach John Tortorella says no, but the correct answer — from goalie Henrik Lundqvist — is yes.