Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Rangers Ink Vigneault through 2020

The New York Rangers got there man today.

The club made head coach Alain Vigneault the third-highest paid coach in the NHL, just behind Mike Babcock and Joel Quenneville.

This, per ESPN's Craig Custance:

The New York Rangers on Tuesday signed coach Alain Vigneault to an extension through the 2019-20 season that would make him the third highest-paid coach in the league.

A source told ESPN's Pierre LeBrun that Vigneault's new deal is worth a little more than $4 million per season, which would place him behind only Toronto's Mike Babcock and Chicago's Joel Quenneville among the highest-paid coaches.

According to the source, Vigneault will make $4 million next season and in 2018-19, and $4.25 million for the 2019-20 season.

The Rangers have not missed the playoffs in Vigneault's three full seasons in New York. This year they have been a dynamic offensive team and are currently holding down the top wild card slot in the Eastern Conference with a 31-17-1 record.

With 597 wins, Vigneault ranks 15th on the NHL's all-time coaching win leaderboard. He is sixth among acctive coaches.

"I gave it, obviously, a lot of thought, but I feel with the young kids that we're bringing in, whatever you want to call it, the retooling, I believe we can win and can compete in a very tough league," Vigneault told NHL.com. "It was a pretty easy decision as far as you're a coach and you want to have a chance. You've got a first-class organization, so it didn't take me long."