Alain Vigneault said that he is focused on having the "best coaching staff" possible and that bringing in Lindy Ruff gives the Rangers a "stronger staff and gives our team a better chance to win." (NY Post)
He said that Ruff brings "so much" to the Rangers in terms of experiences and knowledge from being both a head coach in Buffalo and Dallas as well as an assistant from his time in Florida and with Team Canada. (NY Post)
Vigneault said that all of the talk about Ruff being a potential replacement if the Rangers struggle doesn't bother him. (NY Post)
Vigneault is currently the third-longest tenured coach in the NHL after being hired in June of 2013.
Adam Rotter: I don't think Alain Vigneault has anything to worry about in any way regarding Ruff. If the Rangers start 0-11-4 it might be another story but Vigneault won't be the only one under pressure at that point. The Rangers have committed to Vigneault with a new contract and I don't think anyone in the organization views this as anything more than adding an experienced coach to run the defense. Ruff is using this as an opportunity to stay in the game, stay fresh and be in a good position to get a head coaching job next summer.