Friday, June 21, 2013
Rangers introduce Vigneault as head coach
By Mike Mazzeo
NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers introduced Alain Vigneault as their head coach on Friday at Radio City Music Hall.
Alain Vigneault met the New York media on Friday.
"It's an Original Six team, it's got a chance to win," Vigneault said. "It's one of the elite teams in the NHL, and I want to win. There's not a chance I could pass that up. There's no better place than here to win a Stanley Cup."
Rangers general manager Glen Sather originally had a list of 13 candidates for the job. That list was narrowed down to nine. Sather then interviewed four candidates over the phone and both Vigneault and Mark Messier in person.
In the end, the GM decided on Vigneault, who had a .632 winning percentage in seven seasons with the Vancouver Canucks. The Canucks fired Vigneault last month.
Vigneault picked the Rangers over the Dallas Stars and ended up signing a five-year contract.