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Alain Vigneault | Center

Team: New York Rangers
Age / DOB:  (53) / 5/14/1961
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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. Aug 5 - 4:18 PM

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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.
Jun 30 - 8:17 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.
Jun 15 - 10:04 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.
Jun 11 - 8:10 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.
Jun 10 - 10:19 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."
Jun 9 - 9:49 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.
Jun 8 - 9:28 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.
Jun 3 - 11:30 AM

The New York Rangers will face off against the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Final.

Game 1 is Wednesday in Los Angeles with Game 2 on Saturday. The series moves to New York for Games 3 and 4 on June 9 and 11. If necessary, Game 5 will be on Friday June 13 in LA, Game 6 in New York on Monday June 16 and Game 7 back in LA on June 18. The two teams last met in the playoffs in 1981, with the Rangers winning the best-of-five series three games to two.
Jun 2 - 8:45 AM

Alain Vigneault of the New York Rangers is the 10th coach in NHL history to lead more than one team to the Stanley Cup championship series.

Vigneault is hoping for a better outcome than the one he endured in the spring of 2011, when he coached the Vancouver Canucks to the Presidents' Trophy and the Western Conference championship, only to have the Boston Bruins win the Cup in seven games. Hall of Fame member Scotty Bowman is the only coach to lead four teams to the Cup Final. Bowman was the St. Louis Blues' coach in 1968, '69 and '70; they lost to the Canadiens the first two years and to the Bruins the third. He joined the Canadiens in 1971 and led them to five Cups, then won championships with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1992 and the Detroit Red Wings in 1997, '98 and 2002, as well as leading them to the Final in 1995, when they were swept by the New Jersey Devils. In all, Bowman made 13 appearances in the Final and won nine Cups Mike Keenan led the Philadelphia Flyers (1985 and '87) and Chicago Blackhawks (1992) to the Final, then won the Cup in '94 with the Rangers.
Source: NHL.com
May 31 - 11:11 AM

Tickets to see the New York Rangers compete for the Stanley Cup at Madison Square Garden are soaring, with prices above this year’s Super Bowl.

Seats at a potential Game 6 in New York are going for an average of $3,262 on ticket resale sites. The Super Bowl in New York in the past winter had tickets going for an average cost of $2,567. Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final is slated for June 4 in either Chicago or Los Angeles.
Source: NY Post
May 31 - 10:30 AM

The New York Rangers are back in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 20 years.

Their last trip resulted in a championship parade back in 1994 to end a historic 54-year Cup drought. Thursday's 1-0 victory over Montreal in Game 6 also marked the first time the Rangers won a playoff series in fewer than seven games since the first round in 2008. The Blueshirts will open the 2014 Stanley Cup Final on the road against Los Angeles or Chicago on Wednesday night.
May 30 - 7:59 AM

Although overcoming a 3-1 series lead isn't unheard of, doing it this late in the playoffs is extremely rare.

Of the 64 teams that fell behind 3-1 in the Conference Final or Stanley Cup Final, only one squad has come back to win the series. That would be the 2000 New Jersey Devils, who pulled off that feat against the Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference Final. With the Rangers and Kings up 3-1 in their respective series, the Canadiens and Blackhawks will have to follow in New Jersey's footsteps if they want to go any further.
May 27 - 10:47 AM

New York coach Alain Vigneault says Rangers enforcer Daniel Carcillo would not have been in a position to be suspended for 10 games were it not for a cheap shot by Montreal's Brandon Prust earlier.

Prust earned a two-game suspension by the NHL for a high blow to the head of Rangers center Derek Stepan in the first period of the Canadiens' 3-2 overtime win in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final series Thursday night. The illegal hit was not seen or called by the referees but reviewed on video by the league after the game. Vigneault said: "What saddens me about [the Stepan] hit, if the call is made on the ice, we’re on a five-minute power play. And what happened to Carcillo — and what Dan did is inexcusable and he is going to pay a big price for it — but if the call is made on the ice, he’s not put in that position." Carcillo charged at Prust and plowed him into the backboards, and Derek Dorsett engaged Prust in a fight. As Carcillo was being ushered to the penalty box, he made some antagonistic contact with linesman Scott Driscoll, and was given a game misconduct and the 10-game suspension.
Source: NY Post
May 24 - 10:45 AM

The Rangers have been excelling on special teams of late.

New York has gone 4-for-10 on the power play against Montreal and 7-for-21 during their five-game winning streak. The penalty kill has been impressive as well, going 7-for-7 against the Canadiens and 20-for-20 in the team's past seven contests.
Source: NHL.com
May 22 - 5:14 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Derek Stepan
2Derick Brassard
3Dominic Moore
4Chris Mueller
LW1Chris Kreider
2Carl Hagelin
3J.T. Miller
4Tanner Glass
5Matthew Lombardi
6Nick Tarnasky
7Chris Bourque
RW1Martin St. Louis
2Mats Zuccarello
3Rick Nash
4Lee Stempniak
5Jesper Fast
D1Ryan McDonagh
2Daniel Girardi
3Dan Boyle
4Marc Staal
5Kevin Klein
6John Moore
7Matt Hunwick
8Mike Kostka
G1Henrik Lundqvist
2Cameron Talbot