Henrik Lundqvist vehemently denied that he had a hand in the firing of Rangers coach John Tortorella.
"I know there is some speculation regarding Torts being fired, but let's be clear on one thing," Lundqvist said via an e-mail on Wednesday. "It's not my call who the coach should be for the New York Rangers. I would never put pressure on the management on decisions like that. I'm just a player. My focus is to play the game and do the best I can on the ice. Whatever [happens] off the ice, I leave to our great staff we have working for this club." He also stated that he had a "great relationship" with Tortorella and he feels bad that he was let go by the organization.
TSN's Darren Dreger is hearing that Alain Vigneault will officially be named the next head coach of the New York Rangers on Friday.
His hiring was first reported Saturday and he's believed to have agreed to a five-year, $10 million deal after being dismissed by the Vancouver Canucks.
Chris Kreider should benefit from a fresh start with whoever takes over as the new head coach of the New York Rangers.
Reports indicate that former Vancouver bench boss Alain Vigneault will take over for John Tortorella, who was also let go after his team's 2013 playoff defeat. Under Vigneault a player like Kreider could thrive because he should get more freedom to create offense off the rush and use his speed.
The Vancouver Canucks reportedly plan to interview John Tortorella for a second time.
It sounds like one of the Canucks concerns is Tortorella's handling of the media during his days with the New York Rangers. Tortorella confrontations with the press and his tendency to sometimes share raw and unfiltered opinions seems to be an area of concern for them. Los Angeles Kings Kings assistant John Stevens is believed to be another candidate that's being seriously considered.
Henrik Lundqvist finished second in the Vezina Trophy vote.
Sergei Bobrovsky won the award after securing 17 first-place votes among the 30 NHL GMs. Lundqvist had a chance to take home the top goaltending honors in back-to-back seasons for the first time since Martin Brodeur did it in 2007 and 2008. Lundqvist had a 2.05 GAA and .926 save percentage in 43 starts in 2013.
Michael Del Zotto had successful sports hernia surgery on Thursday in Philadelphia.
The Rangers expect him to be recovered in about four weeks, so he should be 100 percent before training camp. Del Zotto registered three goals and 21 points in 46 games in 2013 and he added two points in 12 playoff matches.
The Vancouver Province's Ben Kuzma says not to count out ex-Rangers coach John Tortorella for the Canucks' job.
Tortorella may have a similar coaching style to former Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault, but he rules with an "iron fist" and would require immediate attention in the locker room. Tortorella is a bold coach -- as shown by him scratching Brad Richards in the playoffs -- and it's that kind of temperment that could really intrigue owner Francesco Aquillini, who desperately wants to win a Cup. Of course, some Canucks players may feel differently, as shown through Kevin Bieksa's comments: "I don't think we need somebody to come in a crack the whip."