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Rangers' New Head Coach Gets Radio City Intro

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The New York Rangers on Friday formally introduced Alain Vigneault as its new head coach at Radio City Music Hall.

He becomes the 35th person to lead the Blueshirts.

Vigneault spent the last seven seasons as the head coach in Vancouver where he led the Canucks to six division titles and a trip to the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals.

They later lost to the Bruins.

Vigneault says he's honored to coach the Rangers and ready to start winning.

"The opportunity to coach the New York Rangers, one of the original six teams in this great city, there's not a chance that I could pass that up. Honored and privileged I feel at this moment. I'm coming here to win, and there's no doubt in my mind that this organization is committed to winning the Stanley Cup," Vigneault said.

"I like his style of play and I like the way his players have reacted to him over the years," said Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather.

Vigneault replaces John Tortorella who was fired last month after Boston eliminated the Blueshirts in the second round of the playoffs.

Tortorella had led the team for four and a half years with an abrasive style that many say did not result in a lot of offense.

Vigneault, who likes to be called AV, is considered to be an offense-minded coach.

"I think we've got good balance, good offensive skill, and I look forward to working with those guys," Vigneault said.

Many Rangers fans who spoke with NY1 Friday gave the new coach their stamp of approval.

"After a first place win two years ago this past year was horrible, so hopefully this year he brings in some new life," said one Rangers fan.

"They needed a little change, a little something. Tortorella was a little bit out of control," said another Rangers fan.

"I mean I like Torts but I just want us to win a cup. Anybody will do if they just take us to the playoffs and win," noted a third fan.

Meanwhile, in an odd twist, Tortorella could wind up replacing Vigneault in Vancouver.

He has reportedly been meeting with the Canucks about their open head coaching job.

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