Former Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff, who was fired in February, has received permission to speak with the Rangers about their coaching vacancy, CBC reported Monday.

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Another top candidate for former coach John Tortorella's job, Vancouver former bench boss Alain Vigneault, is en route to interview with president and general manager Glen Sather and the team's brass, which began organizational meetings in California, according to SportsNet. The Rangers declined comment on the search.

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