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Vigneault ready to say 'thanks' to Vancouver

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) Credit: AP

Spoke to head coach Alain Vigneault after the 5-3 loss last night in Edmonton and asked him about the return to his old stomping grounds in Vancouver.

His responses:

 “When I got let go, I didn’t get a chance to say thank you to the people I’d been working with for seven years because I wasn’t in Van at the time. I did come back a little later, but right now, it’s hockey time and all those people I’ve been working with for the past seven years are there right now and I’m going to take the time and the opportunity to thank them. It was a great seven years and I really enjoyed it, and now it’s time to get it done with the Rangers.”

He wasn’t sure of the reception he will receive at the arena Thursday: “I don’t know… but that building’s got great memories for me, the fans are outstanding and I’m definitely going to thank them also, and the whole staff I worked with.”

On if he’s following the Canucks: “In the states, we don’t hear much about what’s going on in Canada, and so to tell you the truth, I’m more focused on getting to know my players and getting to know the East. I’ve been out here seven years and we didn’t get a chance to play against the East last year. I need to get a book and a read on that. As much as I hope Vancouver has a tremendous amount of success---except against us---I’m real focused on the Rangers and getting to know the East.”

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