Rangers Hearth Alain Vigneault After Rare Playoff-Less Season


Unsurprisingly, the Rangers slid backward, losing eight of their last 10 games to finish with a 34-39-9 record. "He's been a good coach for the Rangers".

Other teams that could opt for a head coaching change include the Calgary Flames (Glen Gulutzan), Edmonton Oilers (Todd McLellan), New York Islanders (Doug Weight), Dallas Stars (Ken Hitchcock), among others.

Prior to this season, the Rangers had advanced to the playoffs every year since 2011, and Vigneault has been behind the bench since 2013.

NY was the fourth-worst team in the league with 263 goals allowed on the season.

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NY went 226-147-37 with Vigneault as its head coach. Vigneault repeatedly said he believed the Rangers would have made the playoffs if they didn't go in that direction.

After a 5-0 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday afternoon, the veteran coach said he expected to be back next season. "This is just my opinion, but I think one of the strongest assets of this organization is its coaching staff".

In early February, the moment the staff was still above.500 and within three factors of a play off spot, General Manager Jeff Gorton didn't signify if Vigneault would return following this season. Before being fired, Vigneault made a passionate case to keep his job.

It took until Game 82 but the National Hockey League finally has its first coaching casualty of the season.