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However, his most appealing attribute might be that he is so different than former coach John Tortorella _ on and off the ice.
That was clearly evident Friday when Vigneault was named as the feisty Tortorella’s replacement during a news conference at Radio City Music Hall. In the short window of time in which he met with media members, Vigneault smiled and joked more times than anyone could remember his predecessor doing in 4 1/2 seasons with the Rangers.
Vigneault brings a welcoming demeanor away from the rink and a more offensive philosophy on it _ in contrast with Tortorella’s way of working in the defensive zone and putting a premium on blocking shots in front of star goalie Henrik Lundqvist.
That often left many players dealing with multiple ailments.
“We needed a change in style,” Sather said. “You look at the injuries … we needed to move the puck out quick. That style was perfect for a couple of years, but it started to wear our team out.”
Just more than four weeks after he was fired by the Vancouver Canucks, Vigneault already has a job. He edged out former Rangers captain Mark Messier, longtime former Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff and others.
“I was thinking about the opportunity to coach the New York Rangers, one of the Original Six teams,” the 52-year-old Vigneault said. “There is not a chance I could pass that up. Honored and privileged I feel.”
In 11 seasons as an NHL head coach with Montreal and Vancouver, Vigneault is 422-288-35-61 in 806 games.
“I’m going into this with an open mind,” Vigneault said. “I think (players) should be too. I’m going in with a clean slate. Let’s see what we can write on that slate.”
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