Rangers Introduce Vigneault As New Coach


It took a while to start. Once the anticipated press conference did, new Rangers coach Alain Vigneault was introduced by Garden CEO Jim Dolan and Team President and General Manager Glen Sather. Before the 35th coach in franchise history addressed the media, both Dolan and Sather thanked John Tortorella for four years. A classy gesture even if the latter emphasized why he made the change. 

The 52-year old Vigneault brings a different philosophy to MSG. The former Canucks bench boss prefers more offense. He’ll give the Rangers more opportunities to attack. We should see more transition from the club once the 2013-14 season begins in October. It can’t come soon enough. It’ll be interesting to see if the roster can adjust to a more aggressive approach. We still don’t know what the personnel will be. There’ll be many familiar faces. Sather has important decisions in how he shapes the roster. 
Vigneault emphasized how excited he was to coach the Rangers. He said he felt “honored and privileged” to have the chance to come here which is why he chose our team over the Stars. Dallas has since hired former Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff. He talked about coming here to win and also pointed out that there’s no better place to win. He was all smiles and ironically referenced Tortorella’s classic term about playing The Right Way. A buzz word that’ll make Ranger fans very happy. I’d imagine the t-shirts are already being made. 😉
I hope Vigneault has lots of success here. It’ll be quite a challenge. He believes the team can compete for the Stanley Cup. Otherwise, he wouldn’t have taken the job. He also sarcastically remarked about it being nice that two teams wanted him, which probably didn’t sit well with Sather. I loved it. Either way, he’s very rich, set to earn $10 million over five years. Speaking of Slats, he seemed to enjoy the offensive display the Blackhawks and Bruins put on in Game Four. Chicago prevailed 6-5 in overtime. Obviously, that’s what he wants. As long as the core doesn’t abandon its defensive traits, they have a great opportunity to be successful. Let’s hope it translates. 

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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