Stars, Rangers name new coaches
The New York Rangers named Alain Vigneault as their new head coach on Friday, replacing John Tortorella, who was sacked by the NHL club on May 29.
- Published: 22/06/2013 at 01:49 AM
- Newspaper section: news
Alain Vigneault speaks to the media after being introduced as the New York Rangers Head Coach during a press conference at Radio City Music Hall on June 21, 2013 in New York City.
The Dallas Stars also announced a new head coach on Friday, naming Lindy Ruff as successor to Glen Gulutzan, who was fired by new general manager Jim Nill after two seasons.
Ruff was in his 15th season as head coach of the Buffalo Sabres before being sacked in February.
Vigneault had been reported last week to be the Rangers' choice, with speculation intensifying that he would take over in New York after he withdrew his name from consideration for the Stars post.
Vigneault arrives in New York after a seven-year spell with the Vancouver Canucks that included winning the Northwest Division title in the just-completed lockout-shortened season.
"When I was thinking about the opportunity to coach the New York Rangers, one of the Original Six teams in this great city, there's not a chance that I could pass that up," Vigneault said.
Vigneault led the Canucks to 30 or more wins in six straight seasons and took them to the Stanley Cup finals in 2011.
But they lost in the first round of the playoffs the past two years.
The 52-year-old from Quebec won the Adams Award as the NHL's top coach in 2007 after helping the Canucks to 49 wins and a playoff series victory.
Ruff, 53, is the 12th-winningest coach in NHL history after amassing a record of 571-432-162 in Buffalo.
He guided the club to the playoffs eight times, including four trips to the Eastern Conference finals and an appearance in the 1999 Stanley Cup Finals opposite the Stars, which Dallas won in six games.
"I am honored to be joining the Dallas Stars organization," Ruff said. "After speaking at length with Jim Nill, it was clear that all the right pieces are coming together to return this club to the upper-echelon of the NHL. I look forward to leading its resurgence."
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