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New York Rangers fire head coach Alain Vigneault

After an NHL season without a coaching change, the New York Rangers made the first post-season domino fall.  The Rangers fired head coach Alain Vigneault after five seasons, the team announced late Saturday night. Hockey insider Bob McKenzie was the first to report the news.  Vigneault took the Rangers to the Stanley Cup Final in his first season in 2014, where they lost in five games to the Los Angeles Kings. He then guided the Rangers to the Presidents' Trophy in 2015 before falling to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final.  The Rangers cleared 100 points and made the playoffs in 2016 and 2017 but were middling this season when they kicked off a rebuild by trading away veterans like Rick Nash, Ryan McDonagh ...