Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today after practice (On Ryan Malone, Matthew Lombardi and Anthony Duclair)

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media on Friday afternoon after the Rangers practice in Columbus (NYR):

  • On Tanner Glass, “he will be a game time decision. More of a maintenance day but his back has been a little tight and hopefully he will respond well to treatments and should be able to go tomorrow.”
  • On Brassard’s line last night, “they had a few looks on the rush. For some reason in St. Louis end they weren’t able to protect is as much as they usually do. It was a first game against a strong opponent and a real mobile defense. We spread out the icetime evenly and started a 4 in 6 and we start game two tomorrow and we need to get better as a team and those guys need to get better. They are aware of that.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s post game comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media following the Rangers game against the Blues (MSG):

  • On the effort, “it was a hard fought game by both teams. I really liked the first, we lost some momentum in the second with some decisions with the puck and going to the box. We manage to come out with a one-goal lead and in the third we made some decisions that I would like to have back that enabled them to get some momentum but we got a huge performance from Rick Nash and found a way to win in one of the toughest buildings to play in.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today (On Carl Hagelin, Mats Zuccarello and not starting with a long road trip)

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media before the Rangers left for St. Louis (NYR):

  • On Carl Hagelin needing to shoot more with with Brassard and Zuccarello, “It’s not anything I have talked to him about. I have talked with both Brass and Mats and this is a new winger for them. They will have to find chemistry and sort out what will work with him. Hags is not the same type of player that Benny was, not the same type of physical presence, but he has other qualities, a different skill set and I am anxious to see…Brass had talked about maybe playing with him, they get along well and I am anxious to see what it will lead to.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault on Mike Francesa yesterday

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault was a guest of Mike Francesa yesterday (WFAN)

  • “everyone is anxious to get back at it and we are ready.”
  • How long did it take, “it took me a while. It was very disappointed, as I said at the end of the year, I felt that we played our best hockey at the end of the year in that series against LA, took the 3 games in LA to OT, had great opps to win but didn’t get it done and I give a lot of credit to LA. I think they were a little better, had more depth in the middle and it showed, we laid it out and played solid hockey and the best team won in the end.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today after practice (On Jesper Fast, Anthony Duclair and Matt Hunwick)

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

  • Do you have the final roster yet, “there is still one or two final decisions that have to be made. We put Mueller on waivers but that doesn’t mean that he will be sent to Hartford if he clears. We are still looking at a couple of things right now but in a day or two things will sort themselves out.”
  • Is that because you need to get under the 50 contract list, “Duclair…I met him this morning and explained to him that he was going to start the season with us, that basically, as long as you prove you can play in our top nine, you will stick with us. It doesn’t mean he will play every game but when he does play he needs to play in our top nine forwards and he will get an opportunity starting Thursday and the roster stuff should get sorted out.”

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