UPDATE: Pat Leonard and various other sources have confirmed that Vigneault has signed to be the Rangers next head coach. There is no word on when a formal announcement will be made.
On the same night news surfaced that Alain Vigneault was in New York today to meet with Jimmy Dolan, news also broke that Vigneault has turned down the head coaching job in Dallas. While there hasn’t been any official word from the organization, many of the usual suspects in the media (e.g., Larry Brooks, John Shannon, Bob McKenzie, etc.) have put two and two together and are expecting Alain to take over.
I normally don’t put much stock in “hockey insiders” who aren’t in my cellphone, but McKenzie is reputable. One of the few in my opinion. If the reports are accurate, the meeting between Alain and Jimmy are likely just a formality. When this will be officially announced is uncertain, but it appears Alain could be offered the job very soon.
We’ll continue to keep everyone updated on this story. For now, it looks like the writers of this website — except for myself — may get their wish.
Oh Bylsma, what could have been…