Recap: Alain Vigneault’s Comments Today (on Benoit Pouliot and JT Miller)

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault, via the Rangers, met with the media following the morning skate:

  • On JT Miller, “we are going to play him tonight with Hags and Brass in what we would consider one of the top three lines that should be able to generate offense, not that Dominic Moore, Brian Boyle and Taylor Pyatt can’t generate offense, but we use them more for defense responsibilities. We just felt it was time to give him another look, especially with how some of our guys have been playing and with the injury to Dorsett, we felt that in our estimation it was the right time.”
  • On Benoit Pouliot, “Ben has been given a real fair opportunity and he hasn’t played to ours and his expectations and tonight we will give the opportunity to someone else.”
  • On Pouliot’s last chance, “I wouldn’t want to look at the overall picture, I am just looking game to game and for this game right now I think that it gives us the best four lines we can put together.”

  • On ice times, “I would say that considering we had a lot of games in a short…I tried to spread the minutes out. Our energy level was good. This is, in my estimation, the first time this year where we have a segment of games where we have no travel so there is a possibility that some guys may get more minutes but I have always believed in a four line rotation with the fourth line being anywhere from 7-10 minutes, third line being 10-13 and your top two lines are usually 17 and more. Because of the stretch I could say that it was more balanced between the four lines and I can see it being a little more top end right now.”
  • On Ryan Callahan, “I think players need to find ways to contribute and scoring is one of those ways but if you aren’t scoring then you need to contribute in other ways, whether it’s blocking shots or playing the man. Ryan has found other ways to contribute other than scoring but we need our top players like, all teams do and I must be the 1 millionth coach to say that we need our top players to play like top players.”
  • Who is the 6th D tonight, Falk…Falk for Michael.
  • On John Moore, “John played to his strengths. He was skating well. Moved the puck well, was solid defensively. He had a couple of shifts in our end in Buffalo but he was on the right side of his check and wasn’t responsible for any chances against. Hopefully he will bring that tonight.”