Buzz: The Rangers wanted to sign Cam Talbot for more than one-year

Cam TalbotCam Talbot’s agent said that it was tempting to test free agency but his client decided to sign an extension because he likes the Rangers and especially Benoit Allaire. (Daily News)

He added that the Rangers wanted to lock Talbot up longer-term but Talbot wants to be a number one goalie at some point and didn’t want to tie himself up for more than a year. (Daily News)

Talbot’s agent says that the plan is for Talbot to continue to learn and develop and maybe a chance at being a number one goalie will come about next year. (Daily News)

Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today

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

  •  “we have back to back against Carolina and our focus needs to be on tomorrow and how we need to play. I watched their game last night and am in the process of breaking it down. They played a real strong game, I think Toronto’s coach said they were outworked in that game. We know Carolina will come to play and work hard and we need to make sure that we are ready and execute and focus on tomorrow.”

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Note: Derick Brassard wants to see how he feels tomorrow/Alain Vigneault thinks he will play

Derick Brassard4:10PM: Alain Vigneault said that he thinks Brassard will be fine to play tomorrow, especially after who Sidney Crosby was able to return to the Penguins after battling the mumps. (NYR)

3:32PM: Brassard spoke after practice and said (NYR):

  • Toughest part of coming back, “the conditioning. The most frustrating part is that, we are trying to reach another level in our games and you can see around the league that the intensity is high and missing five days, I felt like I hadn’t skated in a long time and we will go one day at a time and go from there.”

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Buzz: Is Quebec expecting Anthony Duclair back?

Anthony Duclair`Quebec coach Phillippe Boucher said today that getting Anthony Duclair back would be the “best Christmas gift.” (Jean-Philippe Martin)

Stephane Leroux writes that Boucher “expects” Duclair to be returned to Quebec which would “complete the puzzle” for his team in the second half. (RDS)

Leroux writes that without Duclair Quebec is a good team but with him they are “almost unbeatable.” (RDS)

Quebec acquired top Canadian goalie prospect Zac Fucale today to help their bid to win the Memorial Cup. Quebec is hosting the tournament so they have an automatic bid.

Duclair has said that he is fine with whatever happens after the World Juniors.

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Practice: Derick Brassard back on the ice

12:09PM: Matt Hunwick is still paired with Kevin Klein. (Cyrgalis)

12:07PM: No players have been called up. (Gross)

12:04PM: Derick Brassard is on the ice at Rangers practice today and skating between Rick Nash and Mats Zuccarello. (NYR)

All player but Lee Stempniak are on the ice. (NYR)

The lines at practice besides Nash, Brassard and Zuccarello are (NYR):

  • Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan, Marty St. Louis
  • Carl Hagelin, Kevin Hayes, JT Miller
  • Tanner Glass, Dominic Moore, Jesper Fast

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Read: Henrik Lundqvist on how things have changed a bit in the last two years

Henrik LundqvistHenrik Lundqvist said yesterday that the past two years have been a bit of an adjustment for him since in the past he was always able to play through his ups and downs. (NYR)

He said that in the past two years with how Cam Talbot has played and with how the schedule has been at times, he ends up with weeks where he doesn’t see a lot of action on the ice. Lundqvist said that to counter that he needs to focus a lot in practice and work hard. He added that in the long run it’s a better plan for him but just a different one than he has been used to. (NYR)

Asked about Lundqvist on Thursday, Alain Vigneault said “he is playing real well, his game is where it needs to be for us to win but as the head coach I need to look at the big picture and sort out. We have two good goalies. As much as everyone knows that Hank is our number one guy, I need to find games for Cam so that Hank is always in top form.” (NYR)