Rangers coaching search: Alain Vigneault could be headed for New York

Jeff Gross

Reports are circulating that the former Vancouver bench boss may be headed for Broadway.

The New York Rangers have apparently closed in on Alain Vigneault as their search for a new head coach comes to a close.

The Rangers appear to be "zoning in" on hiring Alain Vigneault as the Rangers' new bench boss, according to a New York Post report. It was reported Friday night that Vigneault, former coach of the Vancouver Canucks, has asked Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill to take himself out of the running for that job -- leading many to speculate that Vigneault is slated to become the new head man on Broadway as Vigneault apparently met with Rangers owner Jim Dolan on Friday as well.

All of this happened with Vigneault despite Ranger legend Mark Messier confirming his interest in the job on Friday.

"I told Glen I would have interest, so we've had discussions and that's where it stands right now," Messier told the Post. "Like anyone else interested in coaching, obviously the Rangers would be a dream come true."

Vigneault's biggest claim to fame is having brought the Vancouver Canucks within one win of a Stanley Cup in 2011, though they lost the final two games of the series to the eventual champion Boston Bruins. The prospective Rangers head coach spent seven seasons coaching the Canucks, missing the postseason just once and winning the President's Trophy twice. He previously coached the Montreal Canadiens for parts of four seasons.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.