Welcome To New York! Rangers Announce Alain Vigneault As New Head Coach

CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Welcome to New York!

Alain Vigneault wasn’t out of work for long.

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.

Vigneault edged out former Rangers captain Mark Messier, longtime former Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff and others in landing the job as New York’s new bench boss.

He was given a five-year deal.

“I was thinking about the opportunity to coach the New York Rangers, one of the Original Six teams,” the 52-year-old Vigneault said. “There is not a chance I could pass that up. Honored and privileged I feel at this moment.”

In 11 seasons as an NHL head coach with Montreal and Vancouver, Vigneault is 422-288-35-61 in 806 games.

He was officially introduced during a…

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