Finally, the Rangers will name their new coach today. Alain Vigneault, in the worst-kept secret in the history of sports, will be introduced as the successor to John Tortorella at an 11 a.m press conference at MSG North, er, Radio City Music Hall.
I will be there and will provide tweets, audio, hopefully some video by the end of the proceedings, and later some commentary.
Also, for those who’ve been complaining about the Torts video at the top of the main blog page, well, that should get knocked down to a much less conspicuous position once a new video (fingers crossed) goes up later on.
Not sure, really, if anything newsworthy can possibly come out of this presser, other than perhaps the naming of the new coaching staff appointees, unless Vigneault says something worthwhile. We’ll see. At the very least, it’s going to be a lot more pleasant asking questions of the new guy than it was of the old guy.
Meanwhile, it looks as if Torts is doing his Eddie Murphy and Trading Places with Vigneault in Vancouver, which should be interesting to say the least.
On two other topics, I am interested to see what Mark Messier decides to do now that he’s been passed over for the coaching position, and since he’s apparently not in line to succeed Glen Sather as GM—not that Sather is going anywhere any time soon. I also have some thoughts about Sather, to share later on this weekend perhaps, about the tough decisions he’s made since May 25.
By the way, the Rangers’ summer started May 25 for the second year in a row, but today is actually the first official day of summer, so Happy Summer.
On another front, and I’m sure I will have more to say on this later, I’m not completely sure I believe what Henrik Lundqvist had to say in Larry Brooks’ story in the Post yesterday. But I am sure that I don’t know whether he’s telling the truth about his role, or lack thereof, in Tortorella’s firing.
And if he really wasn’t front and center in the mutiny, then there probably was none, because no player on the team could have affected the move as much as Lundqvist, especially since so much of the core of the roster probably didn’t want Tortorella out.
But I will say this. I hope Lundqvist wasn’t involved. I have a lot of respect for him and the way he carries himself and the person that he is, and I personally would prefer he didn’t have “coach killer” on his resume. So I hope he doesn’t.
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