Vigneault said, “Well I have an idea of how I would like it to play, not quite sure we have the personnel to play the type of game I would like to play which is with more of a offensive oriented. I think it should be obvious to everybody right now that we have a challenge scoring goals, not saying that we won’t get there, but right now at this time it is a big challenge for us and we need to be a little more defense oriented for the time being.”
Adam Rotter: It seems like the biggest difference, minus the Sedin’s, is that the Rangers lack the kind of defensemen that he in Vancouver that can put up points. While in Vancouver, Vigneault consistently had multiple defensemen in and around 30 points and usually at least one with 40. The Rangers don’t have players, with the exception of Ryan McDonagh, are are consistently adding offense from the blue line. Vigneault had Alex Edler, Christian Ehrhoff and Kevin Bieksa who all had multiple 40 point seasons while have had two (Michael Del Zotto in 11-12 and Michal Rozsival in 06-07) since the 2004-05 lockout.
The Rangers have forwards who should be counted on to put up points (Derek Stepan, Brad Richards, Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello, Rick Nash and Derick Brassard) but only one (Ryan McDonagh) who can add any consistent offense.