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||Lost 4-2 to PIT in Round 1
Alain Vigneault is about to enter the New York sports scene as a head coach for the first time following six successful seasons with the Vancouver Canucks. The Quebec native led the Canucks to within one win of the franchise's first-ever Stanley Cup title in 2011, but his team fell in Game 7 to the Boston Bruins.
When the Canucks felt a coaching change was needed after last season, Vigneault became a great coaching candidate for New York because of his ability to maximize the scoring talents of his players. His teams play an exciting, high-scoring brand of hockey that produces wins and excites fans.
As a quality coach with more playoff success and experience than Jack Capuano, Vigneault would be the bench boss on an All-New York hockey team. With that said, it's important to give credit to Capuano for the Islanders' turnaround over the last two years.
His ability to develop and motivate his younger players, including Travis Hamonic, Michael Grabner, Casey Cizikas and John Tavares, has been a key component to this club's improvement.
Capuano should have been a Jack Adams Award finalist last season, but if the Islanders return to the playoffs in 2013-14, he will likely receive strong consideration for the award.
Nicholas Goss is an NHL columnist at Bleacher Report. He was a credentialed writer at the 2011 and 2013 Stanley Cup Final, the 2012 NHL playoffs and the 2013 NHL draft.