Alain Vigneault reportedly set to become Rangers head coach

Alain Vigneault. (BEN NELMS/Reuters)

Alain Vigneault. (BEN NELMS/Reuters)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:48 PM ET

The Broadway Blueshirts have found a replacement for John Tortorella.

Reports began trickling out late Friday night that the New York Rangers were in the process of putting together an offer to sign former Vancouver Canucks bench boss Alain Vigneault as head coach.

The New York Daily News followed up Saturday afternoon with a source confirming Vigneault is set to replace Torts behind the Blueshirts’ bench despite the Rangers showing interest legend Mark Messier.

Speculation grew Friday night after Vigneault, who was thought to be the leading candidate to fill the vacancy in Dallas, withdrew his name from consideration to coach the Stars despite having what TSN called a sizeable offer on the table.

Tortorella, meanwhile, is believed to be in contention for Vigneault’s former job in Vancouver.

Vigneault has coached 806 NHL games with the Montreal Canadiens and Canucks over parts of 11 seasons. He was fired by Canucks on May 22 after the team was swept by the San Jose Sharks in the opening round of the playoffs.


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