Alain Vigneault reportedly inked a five-year contract with the Rangers that will pay him around $2 million annually.
The Rangers haven't confirmed that they have picked Vigneault to serve as the team's next head coach. Vigneault has a 422-288-35-61 career record in regular season NHL games as a bench boss, but he hasn't won the Stanley Cup. The closest he came was in 2011 when the Vancouver Canucks came just one win shy of beating the Boston Bruins. Joining the Rangers would provide Vigneault with a great shot at finally fulfilling that goal.
The Vancouver Canucks have confirmed that they have signed Joacim Eriksson.
The Canucks didn't announce the terms of the deal. Eriksson is coming off of three successful campaigns in the Swedish Elite League. He posted a 1.67 GAA and .931 save percentage in 30 SEL games last season. The Vancouver Canucks are expected to trade Roberto Luongo this summer, so Eriksson might serve as Corey Schneider's understudy.
Assuming the reports are true and Alain Vigneault will be the New York Rangers' head coach, his introductory press conference isn't expected to happen before Thursday.
That's because Rangers GM Glen Sather is currently in California and will soon head to Boston for Wednesday's general managers meeting. That being said, the Rangers might confirm that Vigneault will be the team's head coach as early as Monday.
The New York Rangers have yet to formally announce the hiring of Alain Vigneault as their next head coach.
There have been numerous reports confirming Vigneault has been hired by Glen Sather to replace the departed John Tortorella, however none of these have come from the Rangers organization. We still expect the former Canucks bench boss to take over in Manhattan, but an official team release would be nice.
It sounds like the Dallas Stars did what they could to secure the services of Alain Vigneault, who is reportedly all but signed by the New York Rangers.
ESPN NY's Katie Strang reports that he left "a pretty lucrative offer" on the table. Vigneault had a highly successful run with the Vancouver Canucks, so it's not all that surprising that teams are bidding for him.
The New York Daily News reports that Alain Vigneault is signing with the New York Rangers as of this moment.
The best idea is to wait for an official announcement before you get too excited or disappointed about the move (depending upon your opinion of Vigneault and/or the Rangers), but it's not shocking as plenty of signs pointed in this direction heading into Saturday morning.
As of late Friday night all indications were that Alain Vigneault will become the Rangers' next head coach.
We reported Friday that Vigneault made a very good impression in interviews with New York GM Glen Sather. Well it seems that Sather was impressed enough to settle on him for his team's bench boss job. That said, we do not yet have confirmation of an offer. Stay tuned.