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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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s post game comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media on MSG after the Rangers OT win over the Devils:

  • On the comeback, “Until that point, it was a special teams battle and their PP got them three. We got another PP and scored to make it 3-2 and finally we scored 5 on 5. I liked a lot of our game 5 on 5 and the things we did. I wasn’t crazy about the number of offensive zone penalties we took. But, that is a real good team and we scrounged our way back and tie it up and win it in OT.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today

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

  •  “It will take a lot to keep him out of the lineup.”
  • Does he still hold that MTL game against you, “he hasn’t talked to me about that one but he has said that he will try it this morning and see how it feels there. Game time and we will figure it out.”
  • No other lineup changes, “no.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today

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

  • On Dan Girardi, “I would say that he is day to day right now. The cut was bleeding this morning so we will see how it is tomorrow and go from there.”
  • On what he liked from Sunday, “like I mentioned after the game, faceoffs were very positive. Starting with the puck changes the dynamics of a hockey game. That was their third game in four nights. They were real good in the first, structure wise, and then in the second I just thought we kept coming and doing the right things as far as wearing them down and we were able to do that.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s post game comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media on MSG following the Rangers win over the Sharks:

  • Overall, we did what we had to do to win a game against a tough opponent. They are a good faceoff team and our guys bared down and got a lot of help on the 50/50 pucks and it permitted us to start with the puck, we are a better team and a faster team when we start with the puck. There is no doubt that we got a couple of bounces from their goalie tonight that permitted us to score timely goals. Those two at the end of the second were difference makers and when we did break down Hank made some solid saves for us.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today

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

  • On Anthony Duclair being scratched tomorrow, “This has everything to do with what I talked about in the beginning. When he is going to be in our lineup we would like him to be in our top nine. As I mentioned, I don’t think he will play every game and that is where we are right now. Yes, he is a young player, he needs to play but we played 5 games in eight nights and that is a pretty good learning curve for a young player, I feel that for the next game, the 12 other forwards will give us a good chance to win and I am not saying that with Anthony we wouldn’t but for this game it’s what I think is best for the team.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s post game comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media following the Rangers win over the Hurricanes (MSG):

  • “I thought defensively they were safer and more dependable with the puck. We could still play faster and offensively still find ways to get our shots on net with proper traffic but overall it was a step in the right direction. There is an old American saying in pro sports that says you never critique a win, so, I will stick to that.” (laughing)

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