In the midst of starting a quick rebuild/re-tool, the New York Rangers have fired head coach Alain Vigneault.
Vigneault prior to the Rangers season ending loss to the Flyers, made a plea that he deserved to return and that the Rangers coaching staff was one of the organizations biggest strengths. He had multiple years left on his contract with a $4 million a year salary.
Rangers management ultimately decided Vigneault was not the right fit for the Rangers mini-rebuild as always, coaches have expiration dates.
From Press Release: Vigneault served as the Rangers Head Coach for five seasons (2013-14 – 2017-18) after he was named the 34th Head Coach in franchise history on June 21, 2013. In 410 regular season games with the Rangers, Vigneault posted a 226-147-37 record. He ranks third among head coaches in wins and ranks fourth in games coached in franchise history. During his tenure, the Rangers advanced to the Stanley Cup Final in his first season with the team in 2013-14 and captured the Presidents’ Trophy in 2014-15 for posting the top record in the NHL during the regular season.