Hartnett: Tortorella Taking Over Canucks Is A Match Made In Hockey Hell The hiring of ex-Rangers head coach John Tortorella by the Vancouver Canucks is an extremely risky appointment.
Welcome To New York! Rangers Announce Alain Vigneault As New Head CoachJust 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.
Sather: 'Disappointed' Messier Unsure Of Future With Rangers After Being Passed Over "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."
Silverman: Vigneault Has Flaws, But Will Be Improvement Over TortorellaVigneault 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.
Hartnett: Imminent Vigneault Hire Will Have Transformative Effect On The RangersOnce hired, Alain Vigneault will find success in New York by being everything that John Tortorella wasn't.
Rangers Mum On Head Coaching Decision, No Announcement Expected SundayAmid 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.
Hartnett: Vigneault Edging Closer To Rangers' Head Coaching Job?Things have escalated quickly. Now, it seems it’s just a matter of Alain Vigneault and the New York Rangers sorting out the details.
Hartnett: If Fired By Penguins, Bylsma Should Become Top Candidate For Rangers 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.
Silverman: Rangers' Next Coach Can't Take Tortorella RouteIt’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.
Reports: List Of Candidates Grows As Sather Searches For Next Rangers CoachThe list of candidates to become next Rangers coach has grown to Alain Vigneault, Mark Messier, Lindy Ruff, Wayne Gretzky and Dallas Eakins.
Ryan Callahan, Carl Hagelin Undergo Surgery To Repair Torn Labrums In Shoulders 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.
Sean Avery: 'I Had A Huge Smile On My Face' When I Heard Tortorella Was Fired "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."
Silverman: New Rangers Coach Must Have Creativity Coursing Through Veins 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.
Hartnett: Mark Messier Might Be Exactly What Rangers Need In A Head Coach 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.
Reports: Rangers Players Pushed For Tortorella's Dismissal 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.