Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today after practice

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media today following the Rangers practice (NYR):

  • On seeing Derek Stepan back on the ice, “good, he has been skating I want to say 3-4-5 days on his own. Now he is day to day. He looked fine to me but the medical staff will tell us when he can start taking contact and then from there it’s feeling that his conditioning is good and that he can go.”
  • Could he play Monday, “at this point could he play Monday? I would not rule anything out but I would not guarantee anything. I would say that it could be anything from Monday to the other Monday. It’s a day to day thing and he will tell us how he feels.”
  • Do you want to see him practice before he plays, “Monday would give us Sunday as a full practice. But all things considered I would like to have him in more than one practice but if he and the medical staff say he is 100% and he says he is ready to go, we will read and see what we need to do there. I would say day to day.”

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Note: Dan Boyle has been skating on his own

Dan Boyle4:08PM: Vigneault said, “he has been skating for I want to say 4 days. I just saw him in the cafeteria and he told me he is doing everything but passing and shooting. He should in theory be quicker than Step because he was able to Step while Step wasn’t able to skate through his injury. (NYR)

12:56PM: Alain Vigneault said today that Dan Boyle has been skating on his own the past four days and is able to do everything on the ice but pass and shoot. (NYR)

Boyle was given a time table of being out 4-6 weeks with a broken hand he suffered in the first game of the season.

Adam Graves has said that he thinks Boyle’s injury may end up being good for him.

Recap: John Moore on his suspension and his hit

John MooreJohn Moore met with the media on Friday to discuss his suspension as well as his hit on Erik Haula (NYR)

  • I respect the leagues decision. The only thing for me to do is move forward. I am never trying to intentionally hurt someone. I am trying to go through the body, it’s a tough hit to make, it’s a fast play. I need to be physical but there is that line and right there I crossed it. I never intentionally mean to hurt anyone, I respect my opponents. It’s a privilege to play in this league, I just gotta be smarter, I crossed the line there.”
  • On his call with Haula, “I called him to let him know where I was coming from and that I wasn’t trying to intentionally injure him and he was very receptive and very classy.”

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Buzz: The Rangers are looking for a defenseman

2:31PM: The Rangers continue to look for depth on defense. (Nichols on Hockey)

Elliotte Friedman says he doesn’t know if something will happen but that the Rangers are looking. (Nichols on Hockey)

10/10/ 14 | 7:37PM: The Rangers are looking to add defensive depth following the broken hand suffered by Dan Boyle. (NY Post)

The market for defensemen though is presenting “slim pickings” right now. (NY Post)

Larry Brooks also notes that if this is the situation the Rangers find themselves in after losing their fourth defenseman, they can’t afford to not bring Marc Staal back. (NY Post)

With Michael Kostka called up, the only defensemen in Hartford with NHL experience, that are under contract, are Dylan McIlrath (two games) and Conor Allen (three games).

The Rangers traded Steven Kampfer earlier this week to help open up a spot on the reserve list for Anthony Duclair.

Derick Brassard early season report card, presented by Long Island University

Long Island UniversityThis season, Derick Brassard had 4 goals and 3 assists through the first 9 games.

Brassard has 18 shots on goal, 15 hits, an average of 17:28 per game and a 55.5% faceoff win percentage.

3 of Brassard’s goals have come in the third period, 1 has come with the Rangers losing by a goal and 1 has come with the score tied.

At 5 on 5, Brassard has been on the ice for 8 goals for, 7 against, and the Rangers control 47.56% of the shot attempts. (Puckalytics)

He starts 35.25% of his shifts in the offensive and neutral zones and 29.50% in the defensive zone. (Puckalytics)

Joe Micheletti  said of Brassard after the Rangers win against the Wild,  “he got off to a slow start this season, then goals in 3 straight, everyone knows that the Rangers have issues at Center and a lot of coaches are looking to stop Brassard. He is not only wanting the puck but when he gets it he is showing so much patience with handling it and finding the open man and going to the net and getting opportunities. He continues to play real solid hockey.”

Grade: B+

Practice: Derek Stepan on the ice in a non-contact jersey

11:41AM: The Rangers PP units at practice today are (Ranger Rants) :

  • Ryan McDonagh, Matt Hunwick, Rick Nash, Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello
  • Dan Girardi, Lee Stempniak, Chris Kreider, Marty St. Louis, Chris Mueller

11:12AM: Ryan Malone is on the ice as well. (Zipay)

The lines from the Rangers today are (NYR):

  • Mats Zuccarello, Derick Brassard, Rick Nash
  • Chris Kreider, Marty St. Louis, Anthony Duclair
  • Carl Hagelin, Dominic Moore, Lee Stempniak
  • Kevin Hayes, Chris Mueller, Tanner Glass

11AM: Derek Stepan is on the ice with the Rangers for the first time since his injury and skating in a non-contact jersey. (NYR)