It appears Alain Vigneault has secured his first coaching job since being fired by the Rangers last April.
TSN's Darren Dreger reports that Vigneault will be the head coach for Team Canada at the upcoming IIHF World Championship in Slovakia. Hockey Canada is expected to make the move official early next week, according to the report.
Vigneault has not been heard from publicly since he released a statement after his firing. His job with Team Canada could be a precursor to a return behind an NHL bench for the 2019-20 season.
The 57-year-old had a 226-147-37 regular-season record in five seasons with the Rangers, reaching the Stanley Cup final during his first year in 2013-14, winning a Presidents' Trophy in 2014-15 and winning six playoff rounds. Following a selloff at last season's trade deadline, the Rangers missed the playoffs for the first time since 2009-10 and played meaningless hockey for the first time since the 2004-05 lockout.
After the Rangers' final game last season in Philadelphia, Vigneault, seemingly knowing he was on the chopping block, went on an unsolicited monologue defending his coaching credentials. Upon returning to New York that evening, Gorton informed Vigneault the team was making a coaching change.
The 2019 IIHF World Championship runs from May 10-26.