Published: Tue, April 10, 2018
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Rangers fire coach Vigneault after season finale

Rangers fire coach Vigneault after season finale

A non-playoff season for the New York Rangers isn't shaking Alain Vigneault's confidence. Though Vigneault can only handle so much of the blame in what was a dismal season for the Rangers, this move was necessary for a team that's prepared for a rebuild.

Hours earlier, in Vigneault's postgame media briefing, he made an impassioned defense of his record and said he expected to stay on as coach.

Photo The Rangers fired Coach Alain Vigneault on Saturday after the team missed the playoffs for the first time in eight years. "I think my staff is the right staff for this job".

Vigneault spent five seasons at the helm, compiling a 226-147-37 record in the regular season with a playoff record of 31-30.

He led the team to a Stanley Cup Final appearance in 2014 and the Presidents' Trophy in 2015, but the Rangers will finish this season in last place in the Metropolitan Division. His team made the playoffs 11 times, and he took Vancouver to the 2011 Cup Final.

Vigneault, who turns 57 in May, has coached 16 National Hockey League seasons for the Montreal Canadiens, Vancouver Canucks and Rangers.

Later that month, the Rangers broke up their roster before the trade deadline, shipping out Rick Nash; Nick Holden; Michael Grabner, their leading goal scorer at that point; J.T. Miller; and Ryan McDonagh, their captain. " our coach", Gorton said at the time. "Every year you do your season, and at the end of the season, you sit down and you talk and you analyze and you work on getting better", he said, "and I didn't think this year was going to be any different".

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