Rangers owner James Dolan described Alain Vigneault as a "great coach for a developed team" but said that the next coach the Rangers hire has to be a "developmental coach, I can't stress that enough." (NY Post)
He said that the Rangers next coach has to be one that will be able to help the young players the rangers have "get them to the next level." (NY Post)
Jeff Gorton was asked about about Vigneault's role in developing players and said, "I hear that too and heard it when he was coming out of Vancouver. I don't necessarily agree with that as a broad statement, that he doesn't develop young players. He has had success, Kreider and Skjei are a couple of guys that come to mind. We had Pionk and he had no problem playing him. It wasn't a huge issue for me. Our group, we just felt that maybe the guys who have been here could use a fresh start and a message from somebody else. It had more to do with that than anything."
Dolan said that the Rangers are looking for a coach that can "develop players and develop a team" and bring improvements from one part of the season to the next. (NY Post)
He said that "scolding a player" doesn't fix the problem, that the job of head coach is "too big for one person" and that the next coach needs to be able to put together a plan and delegate. (NY Post)
Adam Rotter: Every coach has hits and misses with player development and while the Rangers saw a bunch of players develop or continue to develop under Alain Vigneault, it was never his strong suit. He'd give players chances up in the lineup but was never shy about switching things around with the intent of going with a veteran to try and win a game. Vigneault had his way of working with players and it was usually to sit guys or put them in the bottom six with the intent that the demotion would hopefully get them going. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't but it's clear that how he tried to develop players was not the way the Rangers wanted to go forward. Player development doesn't entirely fall on the coach as the player needs to do his part and work hard, prepare and do what is needed as well. Now the Rangers will look to find someone who can balance wanting to win with accepting mistakes from young players and teaching them how they can get better.