According to multiple reports, the Rangers have identified Alain Vigneault as their next head coach, pending a contract being worked out.
The former Vancouver coach, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, on Friday took himself out of the running for the Dallas job, for which he had interviewed.
On Friday, Vigneault reportedly met with Rangers owner James Dolan.
Mark Messier, who spoke in Chicago about wanting and having interviewed for the job, was believed to have been Vigneault’s main competition for the position vacated when John Tortorella was fired May 29.
The Rangers also spoke with former Philly coach and current L.A. assistant John Stevens.
But it looks as if the job is belongs to Vigneault, who interviewed with Glen Sather at the team’s organizational meetings in La Quinta, Calif., this week, once a contract can be fnalized, if it hasn’t been already.
It is not known if the Rangers will wait until after the Stanley Cup final to make the announcement — the league frowns upon major news being announced during its showcase event.
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