According to Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie, TSN's Hockey Insiders, the New York Rangers are expected to make the Alain Vigneault the team's next head coach. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but it is anticipated that both sides are very close to finalizing a deal.
Other reporters such as Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record and Sean Leahy of Yahoo! Sports filed reports that indicate that Vigneault will be making Broadway his next temporary home.
Gross had this to say on the prospect of Vigneault becoming the team's next head coach.
From the start, Alain Vigneault seemed to have the strongest credentials to succeed John Tortorella as the Rangers’ coach. Certainly, Vigneault has the coaching credentials and he fits the classic coaching carousel description of having a different personality and demeanor than the previous coach.
Vigneault has been the strongest candidate all along. He has had success at the NHL level, and he did take the Canucks to a Stanley Cup Final. He accumulated 313 wins in 540 games as the Canucks bench boss, and he also won a Jack Adams Award.
The idea of Vigneault becoming the next coach isn't surprising, but the situation developed rather quickly after the Rangers had been hush on their head coaching vacancy. Before the team held meetings out in California, there was no indication of the direction the team was heading in.
With the recent set of tweets and reports, it is now clear, and here is how the news came across on Twitter.
According to these tweets, the Rangers got aggressive to ensure that Vigneault would become their next bench boss. With the Dallas Stars no longer an option for Vigneault, the Rangers are the only possible landing spot.
The Stars had an offer on the table, and James Dolan stepped in to make sure the Rangers could get their man. For those who say Dolan could care less about the Rangers, it is moments like this where he is very important.
Although nothing has been confirmed yet, Katie Strang of ESPN New York feels that it is only a matter of time because all signs point to Vigneault becoming the team's next head coach.
Vigneault is certainly a different head coach than John Tortorella was. For a comprehensive breakdown why Vigneault is the smart choice to be the Rangers bench boss, check this story out.
Nothing is official yet, but if you read between the lines, an announcement will be made soon. Now that the Rangers have a head coach in waiting, the pressure shifts to Glen Sather. Sather will have to tailor this team to Vigneault's style, and that should been interesting to watch throughout the summer.