Note: Taylor Pyatt Knows All The Coaches

PyattThe Rangers have confirmed that Scott Arniel and Ulf Samuelsson will join Alain Vigneault’s staff as associate/assistant coaches.

One thing that all three coaches have in common is that they have all coached Taylor Pyatt in his career.

Pyatt played under Scott Arniel in Buffalo from 2001-2004 when Arniel was an assistant coach under Lindy Ruff.

Pyatt played under Vigneault from 2006 to 2009 when Vigneault was the head coach in Vancouver.

Following that, Pyatt played under Samuelsson from 2009-2011 when Samuelsson was an assistant coach under Wayne Gretzky and then Dave Tippett.

Other Rangers with connections to the new assistant coaches:

  • Dan Girardi played in Hartford when Samuelsson was an assistant coach (2005-06)
  • Marc Staal played 12 playoff games for the Wolf Pack when Samuelsson was an assistant coach (05-06)
  • Rick Nash, Anton Stralman, Derek Dorsett, Derick Brassard and John Moore all played under Arniel when he was head coach in Columbus
  • Marty Biron played under Arniel when he was in Buffalo from 2003 to 2006.

Head coach Alain Vigneault has a history with a few players as well.