Well, the other shoe has dropped. The ex-coach of the Vancouver Canucks is the new coach of the Rangers. And, quite possibly, the ex-coach of the Rangers could be the new coach of the Vancouver Canucks.
What I’d liked to know is, could we have traded them for each other and gotten draft picks or cap relief? I jest.
Alain Vigneault, pronounced Al-Lane Vin-Yo not Alun Vig-nalt, is the first francophone coach the Rangers have had since Michel Bergeron. He had a fairly successful career in Vancouver coaching the Canucks.
In his seven years in Vancouver, Vigneault’s Canucks missed the playoffs only once. He brought the team to the first round once and the second round three times. Vancouver lost in the Stanley Cup final to Boston in 2011. Not too shabby.
But for the inconsistent play of Roberto Luongo, Vigneault and Vancouver may have gone farther then the record shows. Se la vie.
And, although the “Messiah-ites” will be bitching and moaning because Messier was passed over, I say better someone with NHL head coaching experience then Messier with none.
Sather felt that the Rangers needed a coach who might bring more immediate results to a team with a goaltender with a decreasing shelf life. Kudos to Glen for not going with Messier.
The Rangers need to put it together and get it done in the next three years. Let’s hope hiring Vigneault and throwing a boatload of cash at him will keep the King Henrik on Broadway until the end of his career.
Bonne Chance, Alain!
Let’s Go Rangers!