Rangers fire coach Alain Vigneault after missing playoffs

  • Rangers fire coach Alain Vigneault after missing playoffs

Rangers fire coach Alain Vigneault after missing playoffs

With AP Photos.The New York Rangers have fired coach Alain Vigneault after missing the playoffs in his fifth season.

Vigneault boasted a a solid 226-147-37 record in five seasons with NY.

All good things come to an end, and that obviously included Vigneault's tenure with the Rangers.

The New York Rangers fired coach Alain Vigneault hours after they missed the playoffs for the first time since 2010. "I think my staff is the right staff for this job".

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

The Rangers finished dead last in the Metropolitan Division, with just 77 points, and will be an observer of the post-season for the first time since the 2009-10 campaign.

But with management committed to a full-fledged rebuild, they apparently believe the Blueshirts are better suited with someone new to lead a younger team.

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

After the Rangers were officially eliminated from playoff contention, Vigneault told reporters on March 28 that he thought the Rangers would have made the playoffs had they kept the team together and not traded Nick Holden, Michael Grabner, Rick Nash, J.T. Miller and Ryan McDonagh, the captain.

"Probably coaching might not have been one of the main [problem] areas", he said.

When Gorton announced the Rangers' pivot toward a youth movement, he said Vigneault's future would be decided after the season.