New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that Head Coach Alain Vigneault has been relieved of his coaching duties.
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.
Vigneault accomplished several personal feats during his five seasons with the Rangers. He earned his 100th regular season win as the Rangers' Head Coach on Oct. 9, 2015 at Columbus, and he reached the milestone in fewer games than any other head coach in franchise history (166). Vigneault earned his 500th career win as an NHL head coach on Feb. 14, 2015 at Arizona and his 600th career win as an NHL head coach on Feb. 7, 2017 at Florida. Vigneault became the first head coach to earn his 500th career NHL win while serving as the Rangers' head coach, as well as the first head coach to earn his 600th career NHL win while serving as the Rangers' head coach. Vigneault also coached his 1,000th career NHL game on Dec. 11, 2015 at Edmonton, becoming the 23rd head coach in league history to accomplish the feat.