Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today (Needing to be better)

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

  • On not being the hungrier team, “I know that this team knows the right way to play. I know that this team knows the compete level that is needed to have success on a nightly basis. I know that this team has strong leadership and I know that this team has accountability. There is no doubt that what you are saying, we are playing one good game and then one where we aren’t playing the right way and then the next one we are on the right track, that is why we are .500 hockey right now. I know that everyone in that room is very aware of it and we are dealing with it. We are doing everything within our power to get on the right track consistently, to play the right way consistently and we are going to continue to harp on the attention to detail we need to harp on. This group, in my mind, will prove that it can play consistently and the right way.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s post game comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media on MSG following the Rangers loss to Tampa Bay:

  • “Very tough to explain. We had a good start to the game then they scored that goal, they got momentum. We had a good start to the second, forced them into a few penalties and then they scored. Other than the start to the first two periods, everything in between was just a total disaster. Turnovers and, we made it easy on the opposition for their breakouts and everything in between.”
  • “we played applied the system in Pitt. On nights we apply it we apply it on shift to shift, tonight we applied it to start and then for whatever reason…as a group we need to find a solution to it and right now we are a .500 hockey team and .500 won’t get you into the playoffs.”
  • On defensive struggles, “puck management, one on one situations…a, b, c, d…pick one…..thanks guys.”

 

Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today after the morning skate

Alain Vigneault Alain Vigneault met with the media today following Rangers practice (Inside Hockey and NYR):

On an emotional game, “I expect a good game, two good hockey teams. Tampa is playing real well, in our conference they are one of the teams moving upwards and have some great youth with a lot of talent and skill and they will be real tough for us tonight.”

On Dan Boyle, “he is coming along, the games that he has played so far, every period he has gotten better. Like any player he will make mistakes and in the last game he turned it over on the second goal. For the most part I have liked how he played. He has moved the puck well, been good on the PP, started to understand what our expectations are of him and how we like to play.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s post game comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media on MSG following the Rangers shootout loss to the Pens:

  • Have you ever seen a game like that, “it was certainly entertaining to say the least. Both teams competed real hard, had some good looks. Goaltending was phenomenal on both sides. For a moment we thought we won and they finally did. It’s hockey.”

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Recap: The latest AV Squad with Alain Vigneault

Alain VigneaultThe latest episode of the AV Squad premiered on 11/6:

  •  On being down 4 of 6 D and if he wants to suit up, (laugh) “no I haven’t’ thought about it. I talked to Ulfie a little or Jim Schoenfeld bu I am definitely not going to try it.”
  • What issues have the injuries presented, “I believe that any time you are shorthanded it makes other people step up. Injuries are part of the game and usually you can deal with them for a short period, long-term is more challenging. A couple of weeks you can probably survive and that is what we have been asked to do. For maybe 2-3 weeks, man the ships and see what we can come up with. So far guys have done a good job. Yes we are missing four regular defensemen and the forwards need to do a better job of coming back. Our D has to keep it simple, using the glass a little more instead of making tape to tape passes. You need to simplify things and that is what we are doing.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today after practice

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

  • Was Kostka sent down, “yes, they are playing three games on the weekend. We wanted to get him a couple of games. We assigned him 15 minutes ago.”
  • Kaberle will play down there, “he will play two of the three….I would say both of the ones at home.”
  • Not getting on the bus, “he has sort of earned that, he has had a long career.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s post game comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media on MSG following the Rangers shootout loss to Colorado:

  • On building off of Tuesday and tonight, “I thought for the most part we played pretty solid. We knew that they were going to come out hard. They finished first in their division last year and just got beat pretty badly in their last game so we knew they would come out hard and they did. After the first I thought that our second and third, we got the better scoring chance opportunities, didn’t give them much, got a little unfortunate on their tying goal in the third. We lost in a shootout.”

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