The New York Rangers are still in search of their next head coach, and on Tuesday they finally met with the guy who is the best choice to fill their vacant head coaching job.
Alain Vigneault met with the team and executives on Tuesday after the Vancouver Canucks granted the Rangers permission to speak to him. Ironically the Canucks also asked the Rangers for the right to speak to recently fired coach John Tortorella.
Vigneault, in my eyes, is the best choice for the job. With the way the Rangers are currently constructed they need a coach who is more offensive minded. They also need a change in the character of the coach. Tortorella is a very demanding coach who is always getting on his players. This kind of attitude will work for a short period of time, but eventually players will start to tune you out. It was clear the Rangers needed a change in coaching style and demeanor. Vigneault is known to be more of a players’ coach which is something the Rangers desperately need right now.
Now as far as X’s and O’s go, Vigneault is perfect for the currently constructed Rangers team. The Rangers have a lot of skill both on offense and defense, and they also have one of the top two or three goalies in the league in Henrik Lundqvist. He is also a guy who can fix the inept Ranger power play. One other area Vigneault can help in is the development of talented young players like Chris Kreider and J.T. Miller. These players have to be given opportunities to play if they want to learn and get better.
Vigneault is a coach who came within one game of winning a Stanley Cup two years ago. With Lundqvist in net, Vigneault and the Rangers could make a serious push for hockey’s ultimate prize next season.