Apparently the New York Rangers think AV is A-OK.
The team has announced that head coach Alain Vigneault has signed a two-year contract extension, one that will the NHL veteran in Manhattan through the 2019-2020 season.
Per ESPN’s Craig Custance, the new deal is worth just over $4 million per year. Under his extension, Vigneaut would rank behind only Mike Babcock of Toronto and Joel Quenneville as the highest paid coaches in the NHL.
The 34th coach in franchise history, Vigneault is in his fourth year the Rangers‘ helm, currently posting a record of 31-17-1. They currently hold the top wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. In three-plus seasons, Vigneault has posted a total record of 175-97-23, the win tally being good for fourth all-time in Rangers history.
The Rangers have enjoyed relative prosperity under Vigneault, hired to replace the fired John Tortorella in the summer of 2013. In his debut year, Vigneault guided the Rangers to their first Eastern Conference title since 1994, appearing in the Stanley Cup Final. Vigneault, 55, also appeared in the 2011 Final while coaching the Vancouver Canucks, where he spent seven years and left as the franchise’s all-time wins leader. Also of note, Vigneault helped the Rangers to the 2015 Presidents’ Trophy.
Prior to his time with the Rangers and Canucks, Vigneault was the head coach of the Montreal Canadiens from 1997-2000. He is also the winner of the 2007 Jack Adams award, annually earned by the league’s top coach.
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffMags5490