My sources say Jim Nill has his preference for the Stars’ new bench boss in his sights, and Alain Vigneault is that man. The New York Rangers have also been in talks with Vigneault as the two sides met up Tuesday. It’s worth mentioning that the Rangers have also been considering Mark Messier to fill the void left by the firing of John Tortorella.

It’s doing proper diligence for Jim Nill to set up meetings with other candidates in case Vigneault and the Rangers do come to an agreement. Definitely other options out there should this not go the Stars’ way, but Vigneault is the first choice.

With Tom Gaglardi purchasing the team in 2011 and Nill being named GM in April, the Stars are now a team that can offer stability. The Rangers on the other hand could possibly face some shuffling up top in the near future and that of course is cause for uncertainty. Though the Rangers can also offer a team that has consistently been a playoff performer unlike the Stars, who have missed five years straight.

Definitely things for Vigneault to weigh over the next couple days.


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