Larry Brooks writes that there is "considerable chatter circulating within the industry" that Tuesday's game against Las Vegas may determine Alain Vigneault's fate as Rangers coach. (NY Post)
Brooks says that if a change is made then it's likely that Lindy Ruff would be promoted from assistant to head coach. (NY Post)
He said that Ruff would make sense on an "interim" basis but that the next permanent coach of the Rangers would have to be strong in "teaching, developing, communicating with and empowering young players. That's the future of this league. "(NY Post)
Vigneault is under contract through 19-20 after the Rangers extended his contract last season.
Adam Rotter: I'm an Alain Vigneault fan and think that his previous success with the Rangers should get him a much longer leash than the one he is on. That said, I felt the same way about John Tortorella and he was fired only a couple of hours after I assumed he would return as coach.
I don't necessarily believe that a coach's job should be tied to one specific game and that if the Rangers are thinking about firing Alain Vigneault then they should do it. How much time would a win on Tuesday buy Vigneault? A day? A week? The season?
Alain Vigneault definitely deserves some blame for how the season has started but he isn't the one on the ice turning the puck over or finishing second in puck battles. I don't think the players have quit on Vigneault and the fact that they keep battling back in games, at least to me, indicates that.
Whether I would agree with the decision or not doesn't really matter, if this is the move the organization feels will shake things up, get the Rangers out of their funk and put them in a position to contend again, then they should do it.