Recap: Alain Vigneault’s pre game comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media prior to the Rangers game against the Oilers (Rangers Report) :

  • Anything different tonight, “no.”
  • The Hayes line, “I didn’t mind it. That line, other than the one shift where they mixed their assignments down low and that has to do with Hayes sorting things out with how we play and the center not always being the guy down low, depends on who is first back. Other than that, that line had some good looks. Permitted me to play them around 10 minutes which is what a 4th line normally gets. Offensively we generated enough, had 4 goals but it’s defensively where we have to tighten up. It’s two things, we need to box out in front of the net, we are giving the opposition way too many tips that are making it real challenging for our goaltender. It’s also our forwards getting into the shooting lanes and maybe blocking a few of those shots. It’s not real complicated right now as far as playing better defensively.”

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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 the Leafs:

  • On poor puck management, “I think at the end of the day we need a better commitment of playing a solid two-way game. Offensively we are getting good looks but we need to tighten up defensively. A lot of that starts with our forwards getting available better and getting on the right side of the play. On the winning goal, if you look at the final picture they almost have a 4-0 on our goaltender. Some people missing there.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s pre game comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media prior to the Rangers/Leafs game (MSG):

On Derek Stepan, “He hasn’t had a lot of practice time with the team but he has been working extremely hard on and off the ice on his own. We will see how he feels tonight, he is good to go and we will see how he plays and if he is all right I won’t hold myself back.”

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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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