10/13/ 5:30PM: Asked why it took so long to put Klein on the PP, Vigneault said that he isn’t the smartest guy. (Rosen)
He added that Klein’s heavy shot is a reason he will see some time on the PP. (Rosen)
10/12: 4:36PM: Kevin Klein saw time at Rangers practice today working with Keith Yandle, Rick Nash, Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard on one of the Rangers power play units.
- Last season Klein saw 6 minutes and 27 seconds of PP time.
- In 2013-14 Klein saw 3:21 on the PP with the Rangers.
- During his time with Nashville, 403 games, Klein saw 94:12 on the PP.
He has one power play goal in his NHL career but six in his AHL career.
Klein said that being on the PP is a little different but being a penalty killer he knows what works and what doesn’t work. (NYR)
He said that if he gets time on the PP he will be looking to get open and “put myself in good areas to shoot.” (NYR)
Henrik Lundqvist has said that Klein has the hardest shot on the team.
Prior to the start of the season, Rangers GM Jeff Gorton spoke about Dylan McIlrath and him making the team.
Gorton said that there has been an “evolution” in McIlrath’s game and that while it has taken him a while to get to this point he has “done a lot of the things we have asked him to do.”
He added, “for us, a 6-5 defensemen who plays the style he does and the way he does I think it’s a big asset for us.”
Gorton said that McIlrath has had a long road to the injury filled with injuries and that “it’s always good for the organization when someone that you draft makes it and deservedly so.
He said on MSG that McIlrath forced the Rangers hand to make the roster.
For what Alain Vigneault said, click HERE and for a lot more on McIlrath, click HERE.
Alain Vigneault said yesterday that after putting Tanner Glass into the lineup on Saturday against Columbus, the plan was to take him out and re-insert Jesper Fast for tonight’s game against Winnipeg.(Ranger Rants)
Vigneault said though that he thought Glass played well on Saturday and wanted to keep his line with Jarret Stoll and Dominic Moore intact. (Ranger Rants)
Glass played 12:19 on Saturday, had two shots on goal, one that missed the net and 7 hits to go along with a tripping penalty.
For why Glass played on Saturday, click HERE.
Mats Zuccarello said that he told himself at the start of the year that he wasn’t going to get mad at himself but after the Rangers first game “I was mad at myself.” (NY Post)
Zuccarello said that he learned during his recovery that “things can happen quickly” and that he had to enjoy not just being on the ice and around the guys but “everything.” (NY Post)
Zuccarello said that he tries to tell himself to have fun as long as he is playing and that “hopefully it lasts for a long time.” (NY Post)
On his game, Zuccarello said that he feels “OK” and that his timing is coming along and he is “starting to feel better about myself.” (NY Post)
Alain Vigneault said that the decision to play Dylan McIlrath tonight and bench Dan Boyle had to do with a desire to see McIlrath and because of Boyle’s play. (NY Post)
He said that he wanted to get a look at McIlrath “who had a real good camp, as everybody knows,” and because the Jets are “a team that is a little bigger.” (Newsday)
Vigneault said that Boyle could be better than he has been so far but that this move “has a little bit more to do with the fact that I want to see Dylan. (NYR)
He said that the team is going on a “game-to-game basis” with the roster for now. (Newsday)
For more on Boyle, click HERE.
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Henrik Lundqvist said that the Rangers are working to set a “tone early” and build something positive at the start of the season. (From the Rangers)
Lundqvist said that the Rangers know their system and game plan now and have been able to capitalize on mistakes to start the season. (From the Rangers)
Talking about what is different to the start this year than last year and the year before, Lundqvist said that the Rangers were learning a new system two years ago and last year they were recovering from losing in the Final. (From the Rangers)
Lundqvist said, “this year I feel like we all understand what needs to be done.” (From the Rangers)
Marc Staal said that winning and gaining confidence early is “always a good thing.” (From the Rangers)
Chris Kreider’s trainer Ben Prentiss said that Kreider never missed a workout this summer and worked out 5-6 days a week and on holidays like July 4 to prepare for the season. (Daily News)
Kreider stayed in Connecticut over the summer and traveled down to Florida to work with a skating coach where he focused on power and movement on the ice. (Daily News)
Prentiss says that Kreider “truly wants to be great” and went through all possible avenues including seeing a nutritionist, stretching and acupuncture to help try and achieve that. (Daily News)
For more on Kreider’s offseason and desire to be better, click HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.
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