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Team: New York Rangers
Age / DOB:  (57) / 5/14/1961

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Alain Vigneault expressed his gratitude to the New York Rangers after being fired on Saturday.
"I would like to thank the New York Rangers management — Mr. James Dolan, Glen Sather and Jeff Gorton — for allowing me the privilege to coach the Rangers," Vigneault said. "I spent five wonderful years in New York and I want to express my gratitude to all the coaches, players and staff that I worked with during that period of my life. The Rangers have an incredible fan base and I will cherish many special moments, especially our trip to the Stanley Cup Finals. The Rangers are going in a different direction, I respect that and I wish them all the best." Vigneault guided the Rangers to the playoffs in each of his first four seasons with the team and saw them reach the Stanley Cup Final in 2014. This campaign was a rough one though and the Rangers have ultimately started a rebuild as a result. Vigneault has an impressive resume with his 648-435-35-98 career record as a head coach and it wouldn't be surprising to see him get a new head coaching gig for the 2018-19 Apr 9 - 5:13 AM
Source: NY Post

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The New York Rangers have officially fired head coach Alain Vigneault.

The Rangers have embraced a rebuild and they'll have a new person behind the bench. TSN hockey insider Bob McKenzie was the first one to report the news of Vigneault's firing, but the Rangers confirmed the move just before midnight. They finished the season with a 34-39-9 record this year, which isn't too surprising considering they traded away key assets like Rick Nash, J.T. Miller and Ryan McDonagh before the trade deadline. Vigneault accumulated a 226-147-37 record during his five seasons with the team. This is the third team that has let Vigneault walk since 1997. Montreal and Vancouver are the other two.
Apr 7 - 11:41 PM

Lindy Ruff is not with the New York Rangers on Wednesday night.

Ruff suffered a concussion and a gash on his head when he fell during yesterday's practice. According to head coach Alain Vigneault, the Rangers assistant will be back with the team tomorrow.
Mar 28 - 7:02 PM

The New York Rangers now have three first-round selections for the 2018 draft.

They control their own pick, the Tampa Bay Lightning's, and the Boston Bruins'. The Rangers also have two selections in each of the second and third rounds. They've made some painful trades, but the Rangers certainly have given themselves the chance to assemble a promising group of prospects. "We’re trying to build a team. We’re adding these assets and doing all these things, but listen, there’s a lot of work to be done," Rangers GM Jeff Gorton said. "There’s a lot of players we need to be out there watching, find out what’s going on in the draft, free agency." He's right and it will take years before we know if what the Rangers started over the last week will ultimately pay off.
Source: NY Post
Feb 27 - 5:35 AM

The New York Rangers retired the number 19 Sunday in honor of Jean Ratelle.

'Gentleman Jean' starred for the Rangers in the 60's and 70's and combined with linemates Vic Hadfield and Rod Gilbert to form the GAG line (goal-a-game). The Rangers announced at the ceremony that Gilbert's number 7 and Hadfield's number 19 will be retired and raised to the rafters next season. All-in-all it was an outstanding night at MSG.
Source: NY Post
Feb 26 - 7:40 AM

With the Rangers signalling that they're going to shift their focus from the present towards the future, the status of Rangers coach Alain Vigneault remains unclear.

The Rangers issued a letter to their fans that essentially signaled the start of the franchise's rebuilding efforts. Afterwards, Rangers GM Jeff Gorton provided further details and he was asked if Vigneault would be back for the 2018-19 campaign. "I wouldn’t want to answer that today," Gorton said. "I don’t want the speculation out there. We have 25, almost 30 games to go. AV is our coach, we have a lot of faith in AV and what he’s done here. We’ll leave it at that." Of course, by refusing to answer the question, Gorton has invited speculation. Vigneault has overseen some great years with the Rangers even if they did ultimately fall shy of their goal of a Stanley Cup championship. This season though has been a clear disappointment and it's raised questions about if the Rangers need a new voice leading the squad going forward. We'll have to see what happens as regardless of whether Vigneault stays on board, the team is going to look significantly different.
Source: NY Post
Feb 9 - 10:55 AM

The New York Rangers are set to start a rebuilding process.

The Rangers issued a letter to their fans and while they didn't expressly state that they were in rebuild mode, they talked of acquiring "young, competitive players that combine speed, skill and character" and potentially saying goodbye to familiar faces. The Rangers have made the playoffs for seven straight years, but they haven't gotten past the second round in their last two runs and have just a 25-24-5 record in 2017-18. Under these circumstances, it's reasonable for them to shift their focus towards building for the future.
Feb 8 - 2:47 PM

Don't be surprised if the Rangers are sellers at the NHL trade deadline.

The Rangers are in a very tight playoff race in the Metropolitan Division, however the team has not played well or consistently and management may break up the squad if it feels there is no realistic hope to make or go deep into the playoffs. If the Blueshirts opt to go that route, look for UFAs Michael Grabner and Rick Nash to be dealt and don't be shocked if Ryan McDonagh and Mats Zuccarello, who both have one-year left on their respective contracts, are moved as well.
Jan 27 - 10:02 AM

It's been an up-and-down season for the Rangers so far, but they're exiting the Christmas break in a playoff position.

The Rangers are 19-13-4 this season, which is good for a Wild Card seed. That's impressive given their 1-5-2 start, but the Rangers have also taken a step back recently by going 4-3-2 over their last nine contests. They'll be looking to start the next phase of the season off on a high note with a game against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday. A regulation win would put the Rangers just two points behind Washington with a game in hand.
Source: NY Post
Wed, Dec 27, 2017 04:43:00 AM

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault wasn't happy with what he saw out of the Rangers in the first 40 minutes of Thursday's contest.

The Rangers were outshot 38-18 through two periods Thursday night. They held on to at least get a point in a 4-3 shootout loss, but that was largely because goalie Henrik Lundqvist kept them in the contest. "I think the first two periods, we did everything we could to lose that game," Vigneault said. "There was one player that wouldn’t let us lose it, and that was Hank. He played unreal." The loss ended the Rangers' three-game winning streak and placed their record at 19-12-4.
Source: NY Post
Fri, Dec 22, 2017 11:09:00 AM

The Rangers will be looking to win consecutive games for the first time this season on Thursday.

New York earned a 6-4 victory against Vegas on Tuesday, but the Rangers will be up against the Eastern Conference leading Tampa Bay Lightning. It will be a tough contest for the Rangers, but at some point they need to string together a winning streak to dig themselves out of this hole. They're 4-7-2 so far. "It's been a tough start to the season," Mats Zuccarello said. "When things don't go your way you start second-guessing yourself. I think it's just important that we got this emotional win (Tuesday.)"
Thu, Nov 2, 2017 05:14:00 AM

Marc Staal has come out in defense of Rangers coach Alain Vigneault.

New York is off to a 3-7-2 start and a New York Post report suggested that Vigneault's fate might be sealed if the Rangers lose to Vegas on Tuesday. "It’s not a coaching issue. It’s everyone," Staal said. "Everyone needs to be better. We’re 3-7-2. We’ve got to find a way to win games together, and if you’re not gonna do that together, you’re not gonna turn it around. So we’re all on the same page in that regard of trying to turn this thing around." That's fair, but sometimes changing the coach can reverse a trend. The Rangers have made the playoffs in four straight seasons under Vigneault and got to the second round last season, so perhaps he has more leeway than is currently being suggested. Either way, the Rangers have fallen well below expectations thus far.
Tue, Oct 31, 2017 05:26:00 AM

Larry Brooks of the New York Post hears that Tuesday's game against Vegas may decide the coaching fate of Alain Vigneault.

Vigneault could be shown the door if the Rangers lose to the expansion team. New York is off to a terrible start at 3-7-2 and are falling further and further behind a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. It should be interesting.
Source: NY Post
Mon, Oct 30, 2017 07:38:00 AM

The New York Rangers are enduring one of the worst starts in their franchise's history.

With a 5-4 overtime loss to Pittsburgh Tuesday night, the Rangers are now 1-5-1 this season. That makes them just the second team in franchise history to collect less than four points through seven contests. The last time the Rangers had such a slump was in 1959-60 and they were en route to a 17-38-15 campaign. That's not to say that history will repeat itself, but the Rangers need to stop the bleeding. They'll get another chance to do so against the Islanders on Thursday.
Source: NY Post
Wed, Oct 18, 2017 05:18:00 AM

Brian Leetch and Brad Richards are joining the New York Rangers' front office as Hockey Operations Advisors.

Part of Leetch's and Richards' duties will be to aide in the development of the Rangers' prospects. Leetch and Richards bring a massive wealth of experience and success with them, so they should be great assets for the franchise and inspirations for the organization's youngsters to work with.
Tue, Sep 5, 2017 02:11:00 PM

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C1Mika Zibanejad
2Kevin Hayes
3Ryan Spooner
4Peter Holland
5Vinni Lettieri
LW1Chris Kreider
2Vladislav Namestnikov
3Jimmy Vesey
4Cody McLeod
5Ryan Gropp
6Matt Beleskey
RW1Mats Zuccarello
2Pavel Buchnevich
3Jesper Fast
D1Kevin Shattenkirk
2Brady Skjei
3Tony DeAngelo
4Marc Staal
5Ryan Sproul
6John Gilmour
7Steven Kampfer
8Rob O'Gara
9Neal Pionk
G1Henrik Lundqvist
2Ondrej Pavelec