Rangers fire head coach Vigneault

Rangers fire head coach Vigneault

Rangers fire head coach Vigneault

NY missed the playoffs this season for the first time since 2009-10, and only the second time since '03-04.

The move comes as somewhat of a surprise since, overall, Vigneault had a successful stint as coach on Broadway. He'll finish third in wins in Rangers' franchise history.

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

New York's front office decided in the middle of this season to go young, sell at the trade deadline and begin a rebuilding process in the hopes of becoming a title contender again. They informed the head coach that he was out of a job just hours after the team closed out their campaign with a 5-0 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.

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

Vigneault did a great job for the Rangers, instantly gaining the respect of his players after the team fired John Tortorella in 2013.

"I've gone through every facet, whether it be a young team, an old team, once we know the team, every year is the same thing", Vigneault said. He has a record of 648-435-98 as a head coach for Montreal, Vancouver and the Rangers and won the Jack Adams Award as Coach of the Year in 2007 with Vancouver. "You try and put a system in place that maximizes their talent level, and you try and mask or hide the weaknesses and you work on both areas so that your team can improve". It was his second trip to the Cup Final; his Vancouver Canucks had lost in Game 7 in 2011.

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