Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today (On Derek Stepan, Anthony Duclair, Kevin Hayes)

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media today prior to the Rangers flight to Toronto (NYR):

  • On getting Derek Stepan back, “I think he is probably the happiest person around our surroundings today. He has been waiting for this for a long time. He has worked extremely hard and is good to go so he will play tomorrow.”
  • On getting guys back, “I don’t know if relief is the right word. Injuries are part of the game and when you have them you have to find ways to continue to win and that is what we are trying to do with the player available. Step is obviously a big part of our team, not only does he play center, 5 on 5, PK and PP, but he is a good young player who is assuming more leadership in our room. Not having him was a challenge for our group but I think we handled it well and he is back at it tomorrow.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s post game comments

Alain Vigneault Alain Vigneault met with the media following the Rangers 4-3 OT win over the Red Wings (NYR):

  • On the game, “it was an interesting game in the sense that I really liked how we came out, the first 12 minutes we had the puck, we had momentum, we were generating a lot of quality opportunities and that second penalty we took in the offensive zone gave them legs and momentum and after that it was one way chance after another. Hank made some big saves in the second and in the third we took another penalty and they found a way to score on the 5 on 3.”
  • “Our guys were battling hard, it was OT and then they took a penalty and we were able to make our PP count.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media today prior to the Rangers game against the Red Wings (NYR):

  • “Just an honor and privilege to coach in this league. 900 is, when you think about it, a lot of hockey games. I hope to coach a few more.”
  • When do you expect Kaberle, “I was under the impression he would be here today but I think he is having immigration issues.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today (On Derek Stepan and Dylan McIlrath)

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

  • Will you get anyone back tomorrow, “At this time I would say that there is a possibility on Mats, he skated today and felt better so we will see how he feels tomorrow. Step has been medically cleared but because of circumstances we have not been able to have one team practice. He has been on for 3 optionals and he hasn’t been in one full team practice. I say to you that the chances of me playing him tomorrow are very, very slim. We will see how he feels tomorrow. We think that we will play this smart, play tomorrow, we will have one full practice before we play on the weekend so we will see how he responds and then make a decision.”

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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 St. Louis:

  • Our first period tonight was one of the best ones that we have played from our defensive side to moving the puck and generating some offensive chances. Obviously such a strong opponent was going to have a real tough push in the second and they did, we bended a little bit, when Cam had to make some big saves he did. In the third and OT I think we really gave ourselves a chance to win the game, foot was on the gas, played hard, had to come back, had the lead, they are a good team but we battled real hard tonight.”
  • “we are playing some solid hockey right now. At the end of the day it’s about winning hockey games. We lose the last two games in a shootout so, I would say that our 5 on 5 play in both of those games, PP got us a goal tonight, so I think we are taking steps in the right direction early in the season.

 

Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today (On Dylan McIlrath and Conor Allen)

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

  • On Mats Zuccarello, “that is game time, he is getting treatment right now.”
  • On the young defensemen, “other than a quick video session this morning, I have left those two guys alone. They are very excited about getting this opportunity. They have been playing well in Hartford and I am confident that they are going to be ready to play come tonight.”
  • On if Mats Zuccarello can’t play tonight, “to tell you the truth like any other day, there are always moving parts and today is no different. Stability is good but in this game, you know, the nature of the game and things that happen on a daily basis, sometimes you don’t get a lot of it. Right now we have some moving parts and we will sort it out.”
  • On the reports on Dylan McIlrath and Conor Allen, “In Dylan’s case, he has been very dependable defensively, playing a physical brand of hockey. They have used him a lot killing penalties and are very pleased with his progression so far this year. In Conor’s case, he is what we saw last year. He is a good puck moving defenseman, has a knack to jump into the attack when the opportunity is there and just needs to pick the right spots and that is part of any young player, part of the process, he is learning the game and will get better as we move forward.”
  • Will you play short if Zucc can’t go and Malone is claimed, “no, we will get somebody. We have the cap space.”
  • On the message to the team with all the injuries, “they are just part of the game, the game is about finding ways to win and in my book one of the elite teams in the NHL tonight. We have to find ways with our team and it’s what we have to done. We had a good session this morning about things we have to do against St. Louis, we will have another meeting tonight and be ready for the game.”
  • If Marty goes to the wing are you planning for Stepan’s return, “it’s just about tonight and what we need to do against that team. Hayes in the last game, the minutes that he played were good minutes against a strong team. Mueller gave us strong minutes. I am trying to sort out our lineup and get ready for tonight.”
  • Do you let Staal and Girardi play a lot, “they will play big minutes, we have to monitor their on-ice, not just time but where we utilize them and where we can fit in the other guys. There comes a point where a player can only play a certain amount, especially against an opponent that has skill and size, it makes it challenging. All of our defense tonight, we know we have to be very supportive. Our forwards know they need to step up and be supportive and help them out and that is what we will try and do.”
  • On ice time for McDonagh and Staal with the schedule coming up, “for sure, we have four games this week. We have to do a good job of making sure the minutes are well managed and we will do that.”
  • On Klein, “I didn’t see him this morning so I couldn’t tell you.”
  • Stepan is cleared for contact, “yes.”

Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today (On call ups, Derek Stepan not playing tomorrow)

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media today following the Rangers optional skate (LoHud via Soundcloud) :

  • Mac, it looks like it will be 3-4 weeks range. So, that is what we are predicting but you can’t always be precise with that. Kleiner, we haven’t gotten a final evaluation since there is a lot of swelling there. He did get some x-rays, and MRI and we are not quite sure what they are saying but he will not play tomorrow.”
  • The x-rays were negative, “yes. We will know probably, a lot of times those take 3-4 days to cool down and then we will have a better idea.”

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