Alain Vigneault

Read: Alain Vigneault does things his way

During the playoffs, Alain Vigneault said that his plan for coming to New York was to follow the advice he had been given in the past about being a coach. (via the NHL)

Vigneault said that the advice was to be himself and stick with the plan that he believes will bring the most success to the team.  (via the NHL)

He added,  “I did it my way, and I’ve come here to New York in another great hockey market, and I’m doing it my way.” (via the NHL)

  • Vigneault said that during his time with the Canucks the other Canadian teams went through 20 coaches.

Vigneault said that if you get fired at least you get fired doing the things the way you wanted them done. (via the NHL)

He said that the way he handles things with the Rangers has nothing to do with John Tortorella and how things were in past seasons.

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Read: How Alain Vigneault Got His First Job In The NHL

Alain VigneaultRick Bowness, who hired Alain Vigneault to be an assistant coach in Ottawa in 1992 told the Daily News that it only took ten minutes in their first meeting for him to know Alain was the right guy to help him coach the expansion Senators.

The Vancouver Province described Bowness as being “blown away” by Vigneault.

Vigneault was interviewed on the suggestion that Bowness hire a french speaking assistant coach.

Bowness said that Vigneault was honest and gave off a hard working, committed and loyal vibe. He added that as an assistant coach, Vigneault’s strengths were breaking down the strengths and weaknesses of the opposition.

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Glen Sather

Read: Glen Sather is enjoying the Alain Vigneault era

When Glen Sather hired Alain Vigneault last June he said, “I think he is one of the top coaches in the NHL and we are very fortunate to be able to sign him. He has worked in a lot of big markets and he knows the type of system what we like to have here, it’s the same system he has had in Vancouver for the past seven years. He has been very successful. He is articulate, intelligent and well organized. He loves the offensive game which a lot of us do today and I think that today’s game has changed and I particularly enjoy that style of game.”

In speaking in April, Sather said that Vigneault has been everything the Rangers hoped he would be when he was hired. He said that Vigneault is well organized and gets along well with the players as well as the media. (NY Times)

Sather adds that he likes the way the Rangers play, likes their up-tempo practices and games and says that Vigneault “has been terrific.” (NY Times)

Sather said during media day of the Stanley Cup Final that he and Vigneault have fun together and have a good relationship.

Brad Richards said that Vigneault really helped the Rangers deal with the ups and downs with the early part of the season. (NY Post) 


Recap: Alain Vigneault’s conference call yesterday (Dan Boyle, Tanner Glass and More)

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault conducted a conference call yesterday after the Rangers made some moves (Rangers)

  • On Dan Boyle, “Dan obviously is an experienced player and has been an elite player for a long time and he will bring experience and help on the PP and he has been able to log important minutes on a good team the last few years. We are happy to have him on board.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s Inside Hockey segment on Hockey Night in Canada

Alain VigneaultScott Oake spoke with Alain Vigneault on Hockey Night in Canada during the Rangers series with Montreal (CBC):

On his personality being perfect for the Rangers, “I don’t really know how to answer that…doing what I have always done which is coaching. I am trying to coach this group of players and try to help them be the best they can be and help the Rangers and this group of players and my staff to win the Stanley Cup.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments on break up day today about Brad Richards, captains and more

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media on break up day today (Rangers)

  • Has a decision on Brad Richards been made, “no. We met yesterday for the first time with our scouts, we are going through the process of evaluating our team and everyone knows what we have quite a few decisions to make and we are just staring that process now. We have quite a bit of work to do.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s post game comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media following the Rangers loss to LA (via the NHL):

 Q. Can you, I guess, describe how you’re feeling, how the team is feeling, what you take away from an effort like that.
COACH VIGNEAULT: Well, obviously everybody’s very disappointed in the outcome. That being said, I think in a couple of days, you know, we’re going to reflect.
You go into this hoping that you don’t regret anything. We put it out there. We gave our best shot, best effort. Three games here all went to OT. What can I say?

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