New York Islanders: 5 Potential Coaching Candidates
Alain Vigneault was just let go by the cross-town rival New York Rangers after five years behind the bench. In those five years A.V. made the playoffs four times and has made the playoffs 10 out of the last 12 years he’s coached in the NHL.
Before he was with the Rangers he was taking the Canucks to the playoffs on a yearly basis. For five years in a row, before he was let go, he took them to the playoffs including the 2011 Stanley Cup Final.
With two conference championships under his belt, Vigneault seems like a logical choice when it comes to success at the NHL level. There’s just one issue.
Apparently, he wasn’t as good with the younger players on the Rangers. I’m tired of coaches giving chances to old veterans, so if that’s going to be the case it’s a “no from me dawg” when it comes to A.V. being behind the bench for the Islanders.
You certainly can’t knock his accolades, I just think Lou should be careful with hiring someone who has a reputation for giving aging veterans chances over young players. We’ve seen that movie too many times.