Friday brings a new page being turned on the New York Rangers’ franchise as the team named Alain Vigneault their new head coach. There will be a definite change in the way that things are taken care of with John Tortorella now gone. The biggest question about hiring Vigneault is whether or not he can lead this team to a Stanley Cup.
He got within one game of doing that with the Vancouver Canucks just two years ago. The team had two chances to win the whole thing and failed in both instances. This is a different team entirely though for Vigneault to work with. When you look at a player like Rick Nash and a goalie like Henrik Lundqvist, I see a better chance at success. The Rangers will be a team to be reckoned with next season, especially because of the strong coaching style of Vigneault.
Lundqvist was one of the best goalies in the whole NHL this past season and I expect him to continue doing that going into next year. The offense could use some help, and while the team is likely going to buy out Brad Richards in the coming weeks, I’m sure there will be someone new brought in to help out.
This is a great decision by the Rangers, though, and they will be very happy having Vigneault on their bench for many years to come. It’s now up to him to bring home a championship for the Big Apple which will be the next step in the coaching progression of Vigneault.