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Team: New York Rangers
Age / DOB:  (53) / 5/14/1961

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Alain Vigneault picked up his 500th career NHL win on Saturday.
It's quite a milestone for the veteran head coach who becomes the 21st bench boss to hit the magic mark in the NHL. "Good players," Vigneault said of reaching 500 wins. "I’ve been very fortunate to coach some real good players. I’ve had great staffs and management. I’ve been fortunate to have all those good players through the years." Congratulations to Alain on the milestone win. Feb 15 - 7:52 AM

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Alain Vigneault earned his 498th victory as a head coach on Tuesday.

The Rangers earned a 5-4 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Earning his 498th win put him ahead of former Edmonton and Rangers bench boss Glen Sather on the all-time coaching list. Vigneault is also just one victory shy of Terry Murray and is within striking distance of becoming the 21st bench boss to ever reach the 500-win mark.
Feb 11 - 11:21 AM

Alain Vigneault admitted that the Rangers could be looking to make a trade between now and the NHL trade deadline.

"The right answer is, if we can improve ourselves and become a better team, we’re gonna do that," Vigneault said. "But so far, I’ve liked the way our team has progressed." The Rangers do appear to be a little thin at center, and it's entirely possible that they could be looking at Arizona forward Antoine Vermette.
Feb 1 - 9:35 AM

The New York Rangers will be looking for their eighth consecutive win on Saturday.

The Rangers have not won eight straight since the 1974-75 season when they went from December 27/74-January 11/75 without a loss. Henrik Lundqvist is expected to get the start as the Rangers take on the New Jersey Devils.
Sat, Dec 27, 2014 08:34:00 AM

Wednesday's 4-3 victory over Detroit was Rangers coach Alain Vigneault's 900th game as a bench boss.

There are eight other active coaches that have overseen at least as many games as Vigneault. The Rangers coach has won 473 regular season games, which is good for 23rd place on the all-time wins list. He's 53 years old, so he could be coaching for many years to come.
Thu, Nov 6, 2014 09:14:00 AM

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault sees Thursday's game against the Carolina Hurricanes as significant.

"There's a lot of pressure on us tomorrow," Vigneault said. "We haven't won at home yet. We're playing well in stretches and then we have a breakdown of a few minutes that leads to a multitude of Grade A opportunities for the other team. I'm expecting us to be really focused and energized tomorrow for a really tough game." The Rangers are just 1-3-0 this season, but the Hurricanes are going to be hungry too after dropping their first three games.
Thu, Oct 16, 2014 08:51:00 AM

Coach Alain Vigneault plans to wait until close to the start of the regular season to name a team captain.

"I think that all teams have a core leadership group and it's not up to just one individual, it's not up to just the captain to be the leader, it has to be a group effort," Vigneault said. "I see in our team I see some real strong possibilities as far as being captain but I also think because this is a new year and because we've changed some pieces to the puzzle I want to see how things unfold during training camp. Captain will be named before the first game of the regular season." Ryan McDonagh appears to be the favorite for the position, but Dan Girardi, Marc Staal, Rick Nash and Martin St. Louis will get some consideration as well.
Thu, Sep 18, 2014 04:35:00 PM

Darryl Williams has joined the coaching staff of the New York Rangers as an assistant.

He has served as an assistant coach with Vancouver for the last six seasons. He will work under Alain Vigneault, with Scott Arniel and Ulf Samuelsson, this season.
Tue, Aug 5, 2014 04:18:00 PM

The New York Rangers may be in tough with the salary cap two million dollars less than anticipated.

The Rangers are about $24 million under the cap after doing the compliance buyout of Brad Richards but still have to sign restricted free agents Mats Zuccarello, Derick Brassard, Chris Kreider and John Moore while Anton Stralman, Benoit Pouliot, Brian Boyle, Dominic Moore and Dan Carcillo are slated to become unrestricted free agents. There is no way they can keep everyone so some tough decisions will have to be made in the next 24-48 hours.
Mon, Jun 30, 2014 08:17:00 AM

The New York Rangers were unable to score after the second period in the Stanley Cup Final.

The Rangers went five third periods and five overtimes without finding the back of the net. While Henrik Lundqvist was outstanding in goal, the lack of scoring cost the Rangers their shot at the Stanley Cup.
Sun, Jun 15, 2014 10:04:00 AM

The Stanley Cup will be amongst 18,000 plus in attendance at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night for Game 4, but the Rangers are 4-0 in elimination games in these playoffs and will give it all they got to extend this series.

Reports out of New York on Tuesday were that the Rangers were devastated after a 3-0 loss on Monday that put them down 3-0 in the series. "I'm not sure what people expected us to be yesterday," said Head Coach Alain Vigneault. "It was a tough loss and we were upset." But the Rangers' first year coach said that if the team keeps working hard and sticks with the plan, they have a chance in Game 4. The Rangers will have to improve their power play, as they have scored just once this series on 16 attempts. Physically, the Rangers have outhit the Kings in Games 2 & 3, and will look to build off that stat on Wednesday.
Wed, Jun 11, 2014 08:10:00 PM

The New York Rangers were 0-for-6 with the man advantage on Monday.

Their inability to score with the man advantage proved to be fatal as they lost 3-0 to the Los Angeles Kings. "We had a lot of power play opportunities but we didn't give ourselves a chance on rims, stopping and battling for pucks," Ryan McDonagh said. "They cleared a lot. It's the third or the fourth shot that we say are going to be goals and we didn't give ourselves enough of those opportunities." The Kings now have a 3-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup Final.
Tue, Jun 10, 2014 10:19:00 AM

The New York Rangers haven't trailed in the Stanley Cup Final, but they find themselves in a 2-0 hole heading into Monday's home game versus Los Angeles.

"Our guys are going to be real focused," coach Alain Vigneault said Sunday. "We need to hold serve. We're back in our building. We've played some good hockey. We might feel that we deserve a better outcome than what we have right now, which is trailing by two games, but it doesn't matter. We've got to take care of business (Monday), and that's what we're going to do. We've got to win."
Mon, Jun 9, 2014 09:49:00 AM

The first two games of the Stanley Cup Final went into overtime for the third straight year.

Each of the 2012, 2013 and now the 2014 Cup Final has gone into extra time with the last time before that being in 1951 when Toronto and Montreal saw all five games go into extra time. Bill Barilko scored the winner in Game 5 for the Maple Leafs 63 years ago for the Cup win, but tragically died in a plane crash in August of that year.
Sun, Jun 8, 2014 09:28:00 AM

The last time Alain Vigneault made it to the Stanley Cup Final, it wasn't a pleasant experience.

Vigneault was the head coach of the Vancouver Canucks in 2011 and his team ultimately lost in seven games to the Boston Bruins. "I could tell you that when I lost Game 7 there was a lot of crying," Vigneault said. "From my part, and my girls were there, we had some friends there — it was real emotional, real hard. I think what I need to do is not have my players focus on the end results, but they need to focus on what needs to be done and they need to focus on the process." The first game of the Stanley Cup Final will be played on Wednesday.
Tue, Jun 3, 2014 11:30:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Derek Stepan
2Derick Brassard
3J.T. Miller
4Dominic Moore
LW1Rick Nash
2Chris Kreider
3Carl Hagelin
4Tanner Glass
RW1Martin St. Louis
2Mats Zuccarello
3Jesper Fast
4Lee Stempniak
5Kevin Hayes
D1Ryan McDonagh
2Daniel Girardi
3Marc Staal
4Kevin Klein
5Dan Boyle
6John Moore
7Matt Hunwick
G1Henrik Lundqvist
2Cam Talbot
3Mackenzie Skapski