Read: Daniel Lacroix left the Rangers to get behind the bench again

Daniel Lacroix left his job as assistant coach of the Rangers this week to join Montreal and reportedly left with “several years” remaining on his contract. (MTL)

Lacroix said that the main reason for joining Montreal was to get back behind the bench which is his preferred spot. He adds that Alain Vigneault knew that he was looking for a job behind the bench and Lacroix says that he was always looking to improve his situation.  (MTL)

  • Lacroix was behind the bench as an assistant with Tampa Bay.

He added that being closer to family in Ottawa in Montreal also played a part in him taking a job with the Habs. (MTL)

The Rangers are working on a replacement for Lacroix (NY Post) but are expected to bring in former Canucks assistant Darryl Williams.

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Recap: Former Rangers assistant coach Daniel Lacroix on the radio

Former Rangers assistant Daniel Lacroix, who just left the Rangers for Montreal, was a guest on Oilers Now on 630 CHED.

On AV and the Rangers, “Alain is a patient guy, he has been there and done that and is a smart coach and we went through some rough times at the start, we had a tough schedule, but we stayed the course and AV stayed the course with the players and game plan and it paid off. It took some time to get comfortable as a staff, it took some time for the players to get comfortable with a totally different coaching style but I thought one of his great strengths was his patience to go along with his teaching.

On Benoit Pouliot, “I have had the pleasure to work with Ben in Tampa and NY. He had a tough start to his season, like everyone, so when things don’t go so well you need to look around and try to get more out of each and every player and that is an example of a player who Alain was patient with and put him in a winning situation with Brassard and finally Zuccarello and they had a good working chemistry together. Benny goes to the net pretty hard, he works extremely hard. Ben, per minutes played, he was actually our second leading hit getter. He is a physical guy and gets in on the forecheck and his teammates will get pucks because he uses his stick to get pucks. He has pretty good speed, a wicked shot, and he is a good guy to be around.”

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News: Assistant coach Daniel Lacroix joins Montreal

The Montreal Canadiens have hired Rangers assistant coach Daniel Lacroix. (Habs)

Lacroix joined the Rangers last summer.

He is replacing Gerard Gallant in Montreal after Gallant left to become head coach in Florida. (Erlendsson)

Lacroix watched the games from the press box to provide the “eye in the sky” view for Alain Vigneault. He also worked on pre-scouting, skill work and player development.

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Read: Why Danny Lacroix Was Hired As An Assistant Coach

When Alain Vigneault was talking about what he wanted in a third assistant coach, he mentioned that he wanted someone who would be an “eye in the sky,” help with practice, player development and pre-scouting.

Vigneault hired Danny Lacroix and told the Edmonton Journal that a main reason he picked Lacroix was because of his experience in the Eastern Conference, something that neither Vigneault, Scott Arniel or Ulf Samuelsson brought with them.

Vigneault said that Lacroix can provide information and backstories on different players as well as playing styles for other teams.

Lacroix spent the past three seasons as an assistant in Tampa Bay and has spent six of the last seven in the East.

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Recap: Sam Rosen with Assistant Dan Lacroix

On MSG, Sam Rosen spoke with Rangers assistant coach Danny Lacroix:

  • how do you score goals, “we need to generate primary and secondary chances. It’s the second chances, the rebounds and defensemen getting pucks to the net. We need to get inside the defense and get to the net.
  • What are you seeing, “it comes to at times we have pressure and we get one puck on net and the nit’s out of the zone. We need to spend more time forechecking, reloading and getting on their forwards on the breakout.”
  • On the top two centers, “players start over thinking instead of playing on instincts. At times they need to relax and play their games and play hard. The points will be a byproduct of winning battles and playing hard. It’s a five man unit, we need to battle on the inside and work hard to get goals.
  • On the positives, “we aren’t giving up a lot of 5 on 5 chances. Our PK has looked good, we are moving well on the PP. We want to score more on the PP but we feel it’s moving in the right direction.

News: Rangers Announce Scott Arniel as Associate Coach and Ulf Samuelsson/Daniel Lacroix As Assistant Coaches

The Rangers have announced the members of Alain Vigneault’s coaching staff:

  • Scott Arniel (more) is “Associate Coach”
  • Ulf Samuelsson (more) and Daniel Lacroix (more) are “Assistant Coaches
  • Benoit Allaire remains as “Assistant and Goalie coach”

Arniel will handle the power play and forwards, Samuelsson will handle the defense and PK and Lacroix will fill the role of “eye in the sky,” pre-scouting, skill work and player development.

Announcement from the team is below:

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Buzz: Rangers To Name Daniel Lacroix As Assistant Coach

According to Larry Brooks, the Rangers are going to name Dan Lacroix as the third assistant coach and final member of Alain Vigneault’s coaching staff.

He was a second round pick of the Rangers in 1987. From 1993 to 1996 he played 30 games for the Rangers and had two goals and two assists.

Lacroix has been with Tampa Bay since 2010 and came aboard with former coach Guy Boucher. The Lightning media guide says that Lacroix focused on the defensive unit. TampaBay.com noted that he worked with the defense and the penalty killers.

Earlier in the month, Alain Vigneault said that he was looking for an assistant coach to be the “eye in the sky” and who will help with practice, pre-scouting, skill work and player development.

From 2006 to 2009, Lacroix was an assistant coach with the Islanders. He was hired by former Islanders GM Neil Smith to join Ted Nolan’s staff. In a statement from 2006, Smith said that Lacroix is a great teacher and a player that he knows from his time as GM of the Rangers.

Lacroix joins Ulf Samuelsson and Scott Arniel as assistant coaches.

 

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