Recap: The latest episode of the AV Squad

Alain VigneaultThe second episode of the AV Squad debuted on Thursday 10/23:

  • On the start to the season, “there have been a few areas. Like any season, you look to get better, improve your game and after playing a solid first game in St. Louis, our other games have not been up to the standard that I think this group of players can play. We have been working on a lot and a main focus of the last 7-10 days has been our defensive part of the game. We were giving the other teams way too many grade A opportunities which makes it hard on our goalies. We are tightening up and making better reads when we don’t have the puck and making better decisions when we do have the puck. That has helped out our overall game.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today (On Rick Nash, the defense, PP)

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

  • On Rick Nash, “I don’t think his game has changed much other than the fact that the pucks are going in. He played some real good hockey for us down the stretch. He was in our, after every game we analyze chances for and against and he was always at the top in terms of chances. He just wasn’t finishing for whatever reason. Sometimes goal scorers get hot and there is no doubt that he is pretty hot right now.”
  • On putting him in front more, “no, he was there before, he was getting the looks and now they are going in so, it’s goal scoring.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s post game comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media after the Rangers win over Minnesota (MSG and LoHud, via SoundCloud):

  •  On the third, “In the third Brass, Zucc and Nasher took the game over. That is one of the best periods I have seen three guys play in a long time. It’s tough to get any momentum or rhythm in the first two periods, we spent 14 minutes in the box, so, we were down 3-0 and we fought back.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today (Ryan Malone likely in, Marty St. Louis maybe back to center)

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

On the PP units, “we only have a certain amount of right handed shots and sometimes for them to be effective you need to overload on one side, a lot of our PP, in my estimation has more to do with execution instead of right handers vs left handers. We need to be sharper and quicker and we will see what happens tonight.”

Is Ryan Malone in, “I would say that right now, at this time yes, I still have a couple of areas that I am looking at as far as personnel but we will see tonight.”

Can Marty move back to center, “ummmm that is something that we may look at. We have a certain amount of options in the middle and he is a possibility. When we have used him there has had some decent looks so it’s something that we may look at.”

Recap: Alain Vigneault’s post game comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media on Hockey Night Live last night:

Not having the puck enough, “to tell you the truth, the game boils down to our PP gives them a 2 on 0 and they score obviously. They were the better team in front of both nets, they won two battles in front of ours that ended up in our net and we couldn’t get to any second opportunities in front of their net. If all Price has to do is stop the first shot, he is a pretty good goalie. Not good enough in front of both nets and that is why we lost the game.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments after practice today (On Anthony Duclair and MTL)

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

  • On Anthony Duclair in MTL, “I will definitely talk to him, I am expecting some free suits from him. His uncle has this great place where they make these good looking suits and I figure that since I coached his first game and I will coach his first game in Montreal, I am expecting two free suits with the shirt and tie combo.”
  • That was the sole motivation, “that’s it baby, I am just looking for free suits out of this. (laughs) He has already been told by a few people that they expect suits…no, he has worked really hard this last week to 10 days, he is going to be real excited about this and he just needs to go out an enjoy this. I remember a long long time ago, my first game at the Forum, everyone around me was real excited and the whole family was there and it was a great moment for myself and family and friends and it will be the same for him.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today after practice (On Carl Hagelin’s role, the break in games)

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media today following Rangers practice (LoHud via SoundCloud):

  • On Kevin Hayes and Chris Mueller, “In Hayes case, a young player that is improving on a daily basis. He is soaking in everyday that he is here. He is working hard in the areas that we have talked to him about as far as on-ice play. He is working hard on his conditioning and he is coming along. Last night, faceoff wise it was a little average but he did some other good things. He was in on the tying goal and he is a young player with some real good upside. In Muelle’rs case, he is a veteran guy who has been in different organizations and has been good in the faceoff circle, smart player and not overly quick but knows what to do with the puck and he is a right shot which helps our group because we don’t have a lot of those.”

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