McDonagh not surprised the Rangers fired Vigneault

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The Rangers former captain, Ryan McDonagh was not at all surprised that Alain Vigneault was let go.

This was a difficult season for Ryan McDonagh as he appeared to struggle more than ever before. After losing his long term partner Dan Girardi, McDonagh couldn’t seem to find chemistry with anyone. Couple that with overcompensating for Alain Vigneault’s flawed defensive schema and an upper body issue, it all led to a disappointing season. When McDonagh was finally traded, he looked relieved and happy to be leaving the Rangers, which is not common.

The captain was often undermined by Alain Vigneault, who when things went bad would immediately call out players and leadership in particular. Aside from Mats Zuccarello, not one single Ranger expressed any notable sadness in the coach’s dismissal.

We Saw This Coming in October

Early this year, I wrote about the issues in the locker room. In early October we wrote:

FTNYR has learned through a unconfirmed source with knowledge of the situation, that some have actually expressed their concerns all the way up to owner, James Dolan. Veterans and team leaders like, Ryan McDonagh, Rick Nash, and Marc Staal may have all felt the need to speak up. To be fair, it wasn’t all anti-Vigneault talk, some of it was about their dissatisfaction with the team’s decision to trade Derek Stepan. However, his management style and treatment of players was likely brought up.

After another embarrassing loss, McDonagh told reporters, “That’s on myself, the other leaders, and the older guys in here have got to find a way to get this group going from the start.” Make of it what you will, but it could also be taken as the players don’t feel that direction will be coming from their coach anytime soon.

Apparently in never did, and now both the captain and the coach are gone.

Updated to include comments from an RDS article on April 11th.

In fairness to all the info that is out there, an article from RDS, a French Canadian outlet had this quote from Ryan McDonagh:

“I have always respected Alain’s methods and philosophy. His requirements, his directives, his messages, everything was always clear. He’s a very organized guy. A demanding guy, able to be tough when the club is not performing, but no one can say he does not know exactly what is required of him in terms of effort and performance. The seasons are long and Alain always found a way to keep us on tiptoe while we could have taken things more lightly. Collectively, we had some difficulties that led the Rangers to do what they did. I do not know who will replace him, but I can assure you one thing: Coach V will bounce back, because there are several teams that will be interested in relying on a guy like him to run their club.

This translation was pulled from Google, so anyone who is fluent in French please feel free to give a better one in the comments section below.

For the record, McDonagh should be taken at his word. However, even if there were differences, no athlete would out another player or coach on blast. Especially if they are in the middle of a playoff run.

Regardless, the goal of this blog is to give our readers as much info and insight as possible. Thank you for reading us.

6 thoughts on “McDonagh not surprised the Rangers fired Vigneault

  • April 16, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    Quotes we’re closed before “Make of it what you will…”. Bottom line most of you now have what you wanted, AV is gone. Now show some style,class is plastic an easily bought, and be thankful for the good years and best of luck in future endeavors. There will be a new coach to tear down soon enough. OK. LMHI

  • April 16, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    You guys are something else. Those are your words that Mac looked happy and relieved not anyone else and certainly not Mac’s. I didn’t see that at all and he wrote a pretty nice goodbye letter so I don’t where you come up with this. I think you guys just like to write your opinions as if they were facts. Even Mac saying he wasn’t surprised and that if you’re going with a rebuild why not change coaches doesn’t mean he had a problem with him. Besides there’s usually someone who doesn’t care much for the coach on every team. Plus who really gives a shit if Mac had a problem with AV anyway. Maybe AV had a problem with him not stepping up and being the leader he was asked to be. Man I feel bad for you guys next season if the rangers are not winning many games cause with no AV you probably won’t have anything to complain about. I really liked the piece about Eric Staal where you mentioned him wanting to get away from AV yet there wasn’t one single word mentioned about it from Staal. Why can’t you at least print facts instead of your hatred for a coach that you call facts

    • April 16, 2018 at 8:41 pm

      I don’t know Joe, they just can’t let it go. Why keep piling on? Why not keep telling us about all of the brilliant moves made by management extraordinaire ? The great trades and all of the , players to be named later, that’s what we used to call prospects. I forget there are all of those brilliant draft picks to come. I just keep watching former NYR players having very good playoffs.

      • April 17, 2018 at 9:04 am

        You’ve just answered your own question. Many former Rangers are doing well. The problem wasn’t the talent; it was the utilization. And to be fair all coaches are like an open container of milk – trending towards spoilage from the start. AV had a good run – was most effective as a counter to Torts when Torts style wore thin. As his tenure continued AV’s style and flaws became a hindrance. Time for a young coach skilled in developing young talent to match where the Rangers are right now.

        • April 17, 2018 at 11:03 am

          It wasn’t a question, it was a statement. They were all doing fine under AV.

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