On the same day that the Vancouver Canucks are showing a “strong interest” in former New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella, the Rangers have come forth and scheduled an interview with former Vancouver Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault.
Per a report from ESPN New York’s Katie Strang and the New York Post:
Alain Vigneault is expected to interview with the New York Rangers for their vacant coaching job Tuesday, a source confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com. The New York Post first reported Vigneault’s interview with the Rangers.
It’s looking like two teams that were Stanley Cup hopefuls this year are nearing a swap of head coaches. Both Tortorella and Vigneault’s firing came as surprises to some, even though there were questions about the way Rangers player felt about Tortorella’s treatment of them in the media.
Vigneault has been very successful with the Canucks, leading them to the Stanley Cup two years ago where Vancouver eventually lost to the Boston Bruins. While an interview is planned with Vigneault, the Rangers are also expected to meet with former Buffalo Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff and could snatch up Dan Bylsma if he’s let go by the Penguins this offseason.
Right now Vigneault looks to be the strongest candidate given his success with the Canucks but the Rangers will open all doors in their search to replace Tortorella.