Rangers may get off the hook for Vigneault’s $8 million extension soon

AV (Newsday)

The Rangers made a difficult financial decision when they let go of Alain Vigneault. His contract extension kicks in this summer and the Blueshirts are on the hook for $8 million. That could change very soon as rumors start to surface of possible landing destinations.

Ottawa Homecoming?

The Senators had a very disappointing follow up from their Eastern Conference appearance last year. Ottawa’s owner, Eugene Melnyk came under fire for his handling of Erik Karlsson last season may make a move.

Vigneault sits 10th all time for NHL coaching victories at 648. He was once an assistant under there under Rick Bowness. Bringing in a winning coaching might buy some credibility with the loyal fanbase, and some of his players.

Alberta Bound?

Both the Flames and the Oilers are looking at making some changes for next season and head coach may be one way for both teams. Oilers GM, Peter Chiarelli said that the staff is “under close scrutinization”. He cited issues with breakouts and speed, which are 2 areas Vigneault likes to stress.

Keep your eyes on the Oilers in the next coming days because with a player like Connor McDavid in the fold, AV will jump at that opportunity.

Other Potential Landing Spots?

Dallas, Montreal, and Chicago.

Anthony Scultore has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL since 2014. His work also appears at... More about Anthony Scultore

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