By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Hours after the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the New York Rangers 5-0 on Saturday, the Rangers have fired head coach Alain Vigneault. The move happened after their regular season finale.
The Rangers will not be playing in the postseason. And it’s the first-time this has happened since the 2009-10 season — and the second-time in the last 13 seasons.
This was the first season since he was hired that he missed the playoffs with the team. They went 34-39-9 this season with 77 points.
He was 226-147-37 in his coaching career with the Rangers. He was also 31-30 with the Blue shirts.
“Yes, yes. Without a doubt,” Vigneault told reporters in Philadelphia. “I think my staff is the right staff for this job. This is just my opinion, but I think one of the strongest assets of this organization is its coaching staff and their experience.
“We’ve been able to do it with veteran players, we’ve been able to do it with younger players. Our development record, and our record, wins and losses, you know what? It’s pretty good, with older and younger players.”
Yet, he has not taken responsibility once for the Rangers season.
“At the end of the day, for coaches, you have to coach the team you have in front of you,” Vigneault said. “You try and put a system in place that maximizes their talent level and you try to make or hide the weaknesses and you work on both areas so that your team can improve.”
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