4/16/18 | McDonagh said on Monday that he wasn't surprised the Rangers got rid of Alain Vigneault and said that it made sense that if they are going in a different direction they "might as well start" with a new coach. (NY Post)
4/13/18 | Ryan McDonagh said earlier this week that he was not surprised the Rangers decided to move on from Alain Vigneault but said that he will bounce back. (RDS)
McDonagh, who was captain for four of Vigneault's five seasons in New York, said that he always "respected" Vigneault's "methods and philosophy" and said that he was organized, demanding and able to be tough when the team was struggling. (RDS)
He aid that Vigneault was always able to keep things going when the Rangers could have taken things lightly and said that he knows there will be "several teams" interested in having him be their head coach. (RDS)
Before McDonagh was traded, Vigneault said "when he is on top of his game he is an elite defensemen in this league, powerful and can beat the forecheck, get up in the play, once he is up in the play he can still be back in time to defend. In my mind he is one of the best defensemen in the league. For different reasons, and you mentioned the injuries, he has had a few that are nagging a little bit but at the end of the day every player has those and you have to play through them and play well and that is what I expect from our captain."