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Jeff Beukeboom brings Rangers staff some 1994 pedigree

Beuk is back. Jeff Beukeboom was hired by the Rangers on Friday as an assistant coach on Alain Vigneault’s staff. The former Blueshirts defenseman had been an assistant coach with AHL Hartford since 2012, and he takes over for Ulf Sammuelsson, who left to become the head coach of AHL Charlotte, a minor-league affiliate of...
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Report: Alain Vigneault gets vote of confidence from management, will be back next year

Per Richard Labbe of La Presse, head coach Alain Vigneault received a vote of confidence from management, and was told the team wants him back next year. This isn’t much of a surprise, as one bad outing usually doesn’t cost a coach his job. That said, Vigneault’s leash is almost certainly shorter, as “his guys” […] The post Report: Alain Vigneault gets vote of confidence...
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May 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Should the Rangers fire Alain Vigneault?

For those of you who have been following Blue Seat Blogs for several years, or perhaps follow me on Twitter @thehockeysuit (shameless plug), know that I’m an eternal centrist. I can often see multiple sides of an argument no matter how extreme. Since the Rangers laid an egg to Pittsburgh – and probably even before […] The post Should the Rangers fire Alain Vigneault? appeared...
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April 28, 2016  |  Discuss

Alain Vigneault and the illusion of accountability

Accountability has been a word thrown around by many Rangers fans this year. Its meaning can be subjective. The name on the jersey can sometimes influence accountability, even if it shouldn’t. The job of a coach is to fight through subjective reasoning and enforce accountability at an objective level. Accountability has been an issue all […] The post Alain Vigneault and the illusion...
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March 07, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Alain Vigneault reacts to Rangers loss to Islanders

New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault meets the media after the Blueshirts fell 6-4 to the New York Islanders, and talks about his team's lack of offensive firepower.
March 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Has Alain Vigneault finally changed his defensive zone strategy?

Since Alain Vigneault’s arrival for the 2013-2014 season, the Rangers have been playing man-coverage in the defensive zone. The system was a stark contract from the low zone collapse played by John Tortorella, and there was a significant learning curve associated with the new system. The patience paid off. The Rangers had a very mobile […] The post Has Alain Vigneault finally...
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January 28, 2016  |  Discuss

Alain Vigneault: Kevin Hayes 'not good enough'

The New York Rangers have gone 3-6-1 over their last 10 games, and head coach Alain Vigneault was not afraid to single out a certain player for the team's struggles.That player: forward Kevin Hayes."I think we all have our tipping points, and I think Kevin has had an extra-long leash, especially considering [center Derek Stepan] was out for quite some time," Vigneault said in regard...
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December 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Alain Vigneault fires back at Claude Julien

Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien got a little testy Friday after forward Brad Marchand received a questionable goaltender interference penalty against the New York Rangers, and Alain Vigneault is firing back. Julien took issue with what he believed was “acting” on goalie Henrik Lundqvist’s part after Marchand made contact with him on his way by the net, but the Rangers...
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November 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Mixed feelings among NHL coaches in regard to net size

The discussion over the size of nets in the NHL has grown into quite the topic of conversation—as if debating whether three-on-three OT is terrible or the coaches’ challenges are effective aren’t enough to keep everyone occupied in between watching hockey games.The lack of scoring in conjunction with the size of the nets and goalie equipment reportedly became a talking point...
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November 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Alain Vigneault rips Canadiens for booting Rangers assistant

Montreal Canadiens head coach Michael Therrien was unhappy that New York Rangers assistant coach Ulf Samuelsson was watching his team’s Saturday practice and asked him to leave. Samuelsson eventually got up and left, but Rangers general manager Glen Sather and assistant coach Dan Lacroix showed up a short while after that to watch Montreal skate. Therrien said Saturday that there...
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May 25, 2014  |  Discuss

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