Rangers reportedly hire Alain Vigneault as coach

Vancouver Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault looks on during the second day of training camp in Vancouver, British Columbia in this January 14, 2013 file photo. Vigneault was fired May 23, 2013 after guiding the Canucks less than two years ago to the Stanley Cup Finals. REUTERS/Ben Nelms/Files (CANADA - Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY)
Former Canucks coach Alain Vigneault has been hired by the Rangers, according to reports out of New York.Ben Nelms/REUTERS

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The New York Rangers have hired Alain Vigneault to be the team’s new coach, according to published reports Saturday.

The New York Daily News reported that the former Vancouver Canucks coach had agreed to a deal to become the Rangers coach Saturday afternoon, replacing John Tortorella.

Vigneault, who had been in contention for the Dallas Stars’ opening, withdrew his name from consideration Friday night, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Vigneault was fired by the Canucks after they were swept by the San Jose Sharks in the first round of the playoffs.

Tortorella was fired by the Rangers on May 29, after losing in five games to the Bruins in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

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