Vigneault agrees to five-year deal with Rangers

Alain Vigneault seen here coaching practice while he was the coach of the Vancouver Canucks. (CP/Darryl Dyck)

Former Vancouver Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault has agreed to a five-year contract worth $10 million to become the New York Rangers’ new head coach, Hockey Central Insider John Shannon has confirmed.

Vigneault was fired by the Canucks on May 22 after seven years as the team’s coach. Prior to that, the 52-year-old spent over three seasons as coach of the Montreal Canadiens.

The Rangers have been searching for a head coach ever since they fired John Tortorella on May 29.