Given the direction of the Rangers moving forward, the move to fire Alain Vigneault was the correct one. Make no mistake, though, he was the right man for the job despite no Stanley Cup to show for his tenure.
OFFICIAL: #NYR Head Coach Alain Vigneault has been relieved of his coaching duties.
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) April 8, 2018
I look at letting AV go as a mutually beneficial one – he’s better suited for a team looking to get to that next level with established veterans. The Rangers need a new voice and someone who is better equipped to deal with a youth movement that is undoubtedly coming.
Yes, he fell out of favor among the Blueshirt faithful with his trust in aging veterans and lack of trust with younger players. From ice-time decisions to healthy scratches, there were instances where his risks backfired and cost the Rangers dearly, especially during the playoffs.
I might be in the minority here with this thinking, but I thought AV’s time as the bench boss at MSG was a success. I cannot ignore the Cup run in 13/14 and a President’s Trophy and Conference Finals run in 14/15. There was a whole lot of winning, and memories that I’ll never forget, that went on with AV at the helm, and for that I’m grateful to the guy!
This Rangers rebuild is solely on General Manager, Jeff Gorton, now.Next season will be rough as there’s some more house cleaning to do with the current roster – aging veterans such as Staal and Shattenkirk should be candidates to be moved. Lets just pray he makes the correct moves with all the draft picks and cap space coming up!