The New York Rangers announced Wednesday the club will have a press conference Friday (11 a.m. ET; NHL Network) at Radio City Music Hall, where it is expected Alain Vigneault will be introduced as the team's new coach.
Multiple media outlets have reported Vigneault agreed last week to a five-year contract to replace John Tortorella, who was fired after the team was eliminated by the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Vigneault was fired after seven seasons with the Vancouver Canucks, during which he went 346-170-57, won the Presidents' Trophy twice and took the Canucks to the 2011 Stanley Cup Final.
That's a really tough thing to play through; when you finally are thrown out there, the game is fast, intense, every single play matters, you've got to find a way to play through that and make smart plays. So it's a huge testament to [Vermette] and some other individuals in our locker room that are putting their own ego, their own wants and needs aside, and are ready for those opportunities when they do come.
— Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on teammate Antoine Vermette, who returned from being a healthy scratch in Game 3 to score the double-overtime winner in Game 4