Alain Vigneault’s record speaks for itself.
In a decade of head coaching between the Vancouver Canucks (seven years) and the New York Rangers (three-plus years), Vigneault has seven 100-point seasons in nine campaigns in which 82 games were played. He’s on his way to eight in 10 this season, the Rangers on pace for 105 points with 63 points at 31-17-1 going into the Blueshirts Tuesday night matchup against Columbus.
He’s also reached two Stanley Cups over that span, for good measure.
The Rangers appear to like the results, as well, as the team gave Vigneault a two-year extension along with a $2 million raise, according to the New York Post.
Vigneault is 175-97-23 in three-plus seasons as head coach of the Rangers, making the playoffs every year. In 2013-14, his first season, he led the team to its first Stanley Cup final since 1994 before leading them to the seventh game of the Eastern Conference final the next year, a 2-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning the only thing that separated the Blueshirts from making a repeat appearance in the Cup final for the first time in 82 years.
The 55-year-old coach has also gone to a Stanley Cup with in Vancouver, where he led the Canucks to a pair of Presidents’ Trophies. He had his first head coaching job in Montreal (1997-2000), where the Canadiens won a playoff round his first season but never again made the playoffs. He was fired in November 2000 after a 5-13-2 start to the 2000-01 season.
But it doesn’t look like a firing is on the horizon in the Big Apple for Vigneault, a good NHL coach with a long-standing track record of success. Lucky for him, teams tend to look for that in the man behind the bench, and keep it around when they have it.