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One week after Alain Vigneault emerged as the leading coaching candidate, the New York Rangers hired him Friday to replace the fired John Tortorella.
Vigneault agreed to a five-year contract. He was introduced during a news conference at Radio City Music Hall.
Vigneault was the choice of team president and general manager Glen Sather from a group that included former Rangers captain Mark Messier. Vigneault interviewed at the club’s organizational meetings in California last week and then met with owner James Dolan in New York.READ MORE: Black Friday Shoppers Out Early Hoping To Score Deals
Vigneault was dismissed as coach of the Vancouver Canucks on May 22 after seven years behind their bench.
Tortorella spent 4 1-2 seasons with the Rangers and was fired May 29, four days after New York was eliminated by Boston in the second round of the playoffs.
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