When New York Rangers new head coach, Alain Vigneault, was publicly announced to the fans at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan four days ago on June 21, there was a question asked by a reporter that intrigued me.
The question that was asked to Vigneault was if he is looking forward to signing some of his ex-Vancouver Canucks players this offseason, like Mason Raymond and Manny Malholtra, for example. Vigneault responded by saying that he and Rangers GM Glen Sather will discuss at a later date what players they want to go after this offseason, but first he would like to get to know the players that are currently on the Rangers.
Hopefully Sather realizes that his first priority is to re-sign the current Rangers, especially Henrik Lundqvist.
That question got me thinking for a bit and eventually the idea of loading up on ex-Canucks players frightened me. Under Vigneault, the Canucks had an amazing regular season track record but always collapsed in the playoffs. I for one do not want the Rangers under Vigneault to turn into the Canucks 2.0. What’s the point of finishing the regular season in the top-4 of the conference every year if you are just gonna get swept in the first round?
I think Vigneault is a good coach but I truly hope he wants to leave his Canucks past behind. He needs to start fresh with the Rangers and succeed in being a top seed in the conference by the end of the regular season, and then actually carry that momentum into big success in the playoffs instead of disappointment, embarrassment and failure … like what all Rangers fans are used to from their team most of the time anyway.
So if you think about it, with Vigneault’s bad playoff success with the Canucks and with the Rangers’ disappointing postseasons most of the years that they do make the playoffs, we might just be in luck as two negatives always equal a positive, right?
Well, at least it does in math, anyway.