Rangers fire head coach Alain Vigneault after missing playoffs

First up for Rangers brass is to decide the future of head coach Alain Vigneault

They'll finish as the fifth-worst team in the Eastern Conference and miss the playoffs for the first time since 2009-10.

Over the next few days, there will be more head coach firings, and job opportunities should open up for Vigneault.

Other teams that could opt for a head coaching change include the Calgary Flames (Glen Gulutzan), Edmonton Oilers (Todd McLellan), New York Islanders (Doug Weight), Dallas Stars (Ken Hitchcock), among others.

Ahead of linking the team at 2013, he put in four seasons at Montreal and also six at Vancouver, in which he directed the Canucks into the Stanley Cup finals.

NY went 226-147-37 with Vigneault as its head coach. The 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.

The Rangers fired Coach Alain Vigneault on Saturday, hours after ending their first playoff-less season in eight years with another loss.

The team has not announced the move yet and Vigneault said after the game he expects to be back next season.

"I think my staff is the right staff for this job", Vigneault said.

It's unclear if assistants Lindy Ruff and Scott Arniel will return or be considered as head-coaching candidates. "A.V.is our coach", Gorton mentioned during the moment; point. "I want to sit down with AV at the end of the year and figure out what's best for him and what's best for us, and where it goes".

Vigneault, who turns 57 in May, has coached 16 National Hockey League seasons for the Montreal Canadiens, Vancouver Canucks and Rangers.

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