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Rangers to introduce coach Alain Vigneault in Manhattan on Friday

Vancouver Canucks' head coach Alain Vigneault directs his

Vancouver Canucks' head coach Alain Vigneault directs his players during hockey practice in Vancouver, British Columbia. (April 19, 2009) Photo Credit: AP

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 the numbers.

Vigneault and President and General Manager Glen Sather reached an agreement in principle on Saturday. It is believed the days since have been spent nailing down the details and allowing the 52-year-old Quebec City native to consider assistant coaches. One possibility is Newell Brown, who was an assistant in charge of the power play with the Canucks. It is unclear whether any assistants will be in attendance on Friday.

Vigneault, 52, was chosen over Mark Messier and other candidates to be behind the bench at the start of the 2013-14 season, which the Rangers will begin on the road due to the third and final stage of the renovations at Madison Square Garden. John Tortorella was fired on May 29.

Sather is attending the NHL's GM meetings today in Boston before Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Friday's event comes a week before the entry draft, which is being staged in Newark.


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