Saturday, June 15, 2013
Urgency to sign Vigneault in NY? (update)
By Victoria Matiash
UPDATE: Any moment now, it seems. ESPNNY.com's Katie Strang reports the New York Rangers have "zeroed in" on Alain Vigneault to replace John Tortorella as head coach. And the two sides are just a signed contract away from making it official.
Confirmed to be in New York, Vigneault apparently met with Rangers owner James Dolan on Friday. Plus, the former Vancouver Canucks bench boss no longer appears to be in the running for the coaching vacancy in Texas. A source told ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun that Vigneault had pulled himself out of consideration for that gig.
*** UPDATE: Word has it Glen Sather was captivated enough. According to the New York Post, Alain Vigneault is thought to have made a good impression on the general manager of the New York Rangers during Tuesday's meeting in La Quinta, California. And while a job offer doesn't appear to be "imminent", the Rangers could quickly become more proactive if the Dallas Stars lobby a proposal Vigneault's way.
The New York Rangers may not want to lollygag if Alain Vigneault is their No. 1 choice to replace John Tortorella as head coach. With the Dallas Stars also interested in Vigneault, Larry Brooks of the New York Post argues the Rangers need to move fast. Unless GM Glen Sather prefers another candidate altogether.
"... Of course, either complicating or simplifying the issue for Sather is Mark Messier. Understand if Sather believes that Messier is the best man to lead the Rangers to the Stanley Cup in this window that would seem open for the next two or three years for which Henrik Lundqvist could be counted on to remain at his peak, public opinion won't have the slightest sway on his decision-making process ..."
Yet Vigneault remains the perceived favorite for the position at this stage. And with the pool of top-tier candidates shrinking -- Dan Bylsma was just extended with the Pittsburgh Penguins -- time is of the essence. Vigneault reportedly met with Sather Tuesday in California. Lindy Ruff is also thought to be in the mix for the Rangers' gig.