Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today on JT Miller, Marc Staal and the challenges with the rumors

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

  • On JT Miller, “JT is more offensive type player that we can put, whether it’s Boyler, Dom, Dan or Dorse and I think the fact that Dorse has been away for almost 7 weeks, this was his first team practice with the group…I know he feels good and is a little bi disappointed that he wasn’t going to start against Chicago. I felt that he needed another full practice and starting against the defending Stanley Cup champions may not be a simple and easy thing. JT has been playing and he is more of an offensive skilled player so we will see what he can do.”
  • On Dorsett for the weekend, “I’m sure that if I told him he would play tomorrow he would be ok but considering the opponent and the fact that he has been out seven weeks and this was his first full team practice I felt it was smart to wait a little longer.”

  • On Carcillo’s role now, “I think Dan has played extremely well. He has brought the energy that our scouts and people thought he would. Our record with him in the lineup is very good so basically right now the team is playing well. That line has got a pretty good identity and the fact that we lost Mats, one of our better offensive players, we felt that it would be better to not juggle everything and instead just bring in another offensive player. JT from what I can understand, Arnie went down with Jeff I think last Friday to watch their game, he was the best player on the ice according to Arnie and Jeff. He has been playing and playing well and hopefully he can step in with Brass and Poolie. That has been one of our better lines for some time.”
  • On the message to the team, “we are in the last push and we have been focusing on one game and playing and moving on. Our guys who are coming back from the Olympics need to come back and step in and play well and the guys who haven’t played for almost 3 weeks need to step in and play well also. We are a good team and playing well and it needs to start tomorrow night against the Champs.”
  • On finding out how good the team is when the roster is set, “our job is to play…our job as coaches is to prepare the team with the personnel that we have and that is what we have done and will continue to do. After the next three days we will have the team, when we play Toronto next week we will have the team that we will finish with and that being said, I think for quite some time we have been playing good hockey and the only way we will get into the playoffs is by playing good hockey. Teams all around us are good, well prepared, points are hard to come by.”
  • On Hank being back in goal, “he will play against Philly. We talked yesterday and he felt good but I felt that considering what he had just been through, to give him an extra day. Cam has had six really good practices and will start tomorrow. Hank will play against Philly and we will go from there.”
  • On the team maybe losing it’s captain, “Well, for me coming in here…having our three New York Rangers, Hank, Dan and Cally, going into their final years, having this situation in front of us has been a little challenging in the sense that those are key guys and guys that I need to work with on a daily basis to make sure that when I am not around that the right message and right behavior is there. Those are the guys who when the coaches aren’t around, or when the big guy the head coach isn’t around that the culture and what we are trying to do, that they are setting the tone. Having those guys go through this has been a little challenging.”
  • On Marc Staal, “I talked to him at the end of practice. He looked good in practice and he said that if he feels this same way tomorrow then he should be good to go. He is day to day and we will make the call on him tomorrow morning.”