On NBCSN tonight, Bob McKenzie was asked about the Rangers and who might be on the hot seat:
- "There is no question, I think everybody. In New York, when the Rangers are playing this poorly, I think everybody from top to bottom, players, coach, manger, take your pick. There is no question that Alain Vigneault is getting a lot of the focal point here."
- "My take on the Rangers is simply this, they are disappointed that they haven't done better but they kinda think that if Henrik Lundqvist was a little better, if a couple of things were tweaked just a little bit, could we be a .500 team right now? Sure, we probably could, but they are not. .500 is a pretty low bar for a team that has had as many 100 point seasons recently as the Rangers."
- "While they are not as good as they hoped they would be, they are in that mode where the defense is questionable, they traded Stepan and center is a weak position. There are severe questions asked about this Rangers team to see, and I think management is looking at it. All I know is this, if this carries on for a long period of time, it's New York, something has to give and I would suggest a trade would happen before the coach would be on the hot seat."
It was said yesterday that the Rangers are expected to be patient in regards to a potential move.
Adam Rotter: I don't believe Alain Vigneault is on the hot seat...yet and I certainly do not think he is in any real danger of losing his job. The Rangers are in this weird position of trying to contend but also get younger and rebuild. Vigneault even referenced the future today when talking about why the Rangers moved Derek Stepan.
They are more minor moves but the Rangers have started to reshuffle things about with DeAngelo going down and Nieves coming up. I'm not sure what trade is out there to make but I don't think the Rangers will attempt any big move or anything until at least Thanksgiving, maybe not until after the Christmas trade freeze. The 2013-14 Rangers took until January to really get going and I think that despite the frustration being felt by everyone, this group and especially Vigneault will get a pretty long leash to turn things around. If we get going into 2018 and things haven't changed much, then some moves might start getting made.