Rangers to introduce coach Alain Vigneault in Manhattan on Friday

Vancouver Canucks' head coach Alain Vigneault directs his

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The Rangers have announced that they will hold a press conference at Radio City Music Hall on Friday at 11 a.m. to announce new head coach Alain Vigneault.

Vigneault (pronounced Veen-yo) officially will become the 34th head coach of the Rangers after seven successful years in Vancouver. He has a multi-year deal, which reportedly is worth $10 million over five years. The Rangers did not reveal...

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Sensible Sather goes with Vigneault

Rangers general manager Glen Sather addresses the media

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First, Happy Father's Day to all those here, gone and the soon-to-be Dads.

You know how you feel. Certainly don't need to meander on about it on social media, which, by its nature, is shallow.

Being a son, and/or parent, is far deeper.   

So I'm not spending much time online today, as we turn the page on Torts reform, and move to A.V. Wrote about some things...

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Are Rangers, Alain Vigneault getting closer?

Vancouver Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault reacts on

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It appears that Glen Sather and the Rangers brass, who interviewed former Canucks coach Alain Vigneault in California this week, may be nearer to inking him to a multi-year deal to assume the vacant head coaching job in New York. TSN's Darren Dreger tweeted shortly after midnight Friday that he was told "a very substantial" offer was on the table.

Again, this is not confirmed. The...

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Mark Messier confirms interest in NYR head coach opening

                           Hall of Famer Mark Messier told reporters at the Stanley Cup Final in Chicago that he has had formal interviews in his bid to become the Rangers head coach.  "That was one thing I wanted to have happen, to go through the process like...

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Report: Kings assistant John Stevens to speak with Rangers

A report says that Kings assistant John Stevens

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Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi said assistant coach John Stevens, who has been with the club three years, is expected to speak with the Rangers about replacing John Tortorella, the L.A. Times reports.

It is unclear when that will happen; the Rangers are not discussing the search. President and General Manager Glen Sather is conducting organizational meetings at his home in La Quinta, Calif.

Stevens,...

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Rangers' Michael Del Zotto will miss 4 weeks after hernia surgery

Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto grabs his head

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Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto underwent successful surgery in Philadelphia on Thursday to repair a sports hernia, the team said, and estimated a recovery time of four weeks.

Del Zotto, 22, played 46 regular-season games, posting three goals and 18 assists, and all 12 playoff games, with a goal and assist. He led all team defensemen in points and assists, but even in the shortened season,...

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Pens' coach Dan Byslma get 2-year extension

and assistants, including Tony Granato...

So that locks Byslma up through 2015-16...and takes him off the Rangers coaching wish-list...Appears to leave Alain Vigneault as the front runner.

NYR targeted him early, as we've written.  Dallas remains interested in A.V., although they also have spoken to Lindy Ruff, who is also in play, as well as Mark Messier...

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Torts, A.V.= A coast-to-coast coaching swap?

Vancouver Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault reacts on

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Could there be a coast-to-coast NHL coach exchange?  You can’t rule it out.

Vancouver’s former bench boss Alain Vigneault was in California today being interviewed by Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather and other Blueshirt brass, and Canucks general manager Mike Gillis is having discussions with John Tortorella about succeeding Vigneault.

The clubs may be seeking a...

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With Pens' downfall, is Dan Bylsma available for NYR?

Dan Bylsma of the Pittsburgh Penguins looks at

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Lots of ifs here....

IF

Bylsma takes the fall for not meshing the talent....Let's remember, he did yank M.A. Fleury at the right time and kept Vokoun sharp all season...And how do Crosby and Malkin not manage a point in four games?

IF

Lemieux and Shero allow Bylsma to speak with the Rangers. He's got a year left on his contract.

IF

Glen Sather can turn down Alain...

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Wednesday Wandering: Torts, Jagr, visors, tunes/summer reads

John Tortorella reacts to a penalty call against

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1. Have a sense that Rangers brass is waiting to see if they have a real shot at Phoenix’ Dave Tippett and will see how the interviews (with Alain Vigneault, Dallas Eakins and presumably others) evolve.

2. Prediction: John Tortorella will be back coaching -- if not this year, the next -- in a smaller U.S. market, and be successful. Networks better be careful though, if Torts wants an out from...

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