Alain Vigneault said before the playoffs started that this group of players was going to get one last "kick at the can" to make a run for the Stanley Cup.
On breakup day, Vigneault said that the Rangers have reached the stage "where we need to look at some changes" to the core.
Vigneault said that the core of this team has been together "for a while" and it's "certainly time now to look at what we can do to improve and I think that is what we will do moving forward."
Asked if he regretted the decision to go for it again with this core, Vigneault said that they were a group that deserved another chance after what they had accomplished in the past.
He added "now there are going to be some changes" and that "there are some very good pieces" but the organization needs to decide which direction to go in.
Adam Rotter: How the core is changed and who goes will be probably the dominant story line for the Rangers from now until the draft/free agency. Something will change and someone who has been with the Rangers on many of these runs will be gone. Who that is, where he goes or for what is impossible to say right now.
The Rangers have made changes to the core before, trading Ryan Callahan, buying out Brad Richards, so this isn't a totally foreign concept to management but it remains to be seen which direction they are going to go in.