Recap: First AV Squad after the Olympic Break

Alain VigneaultOn the first episode of The AV Squad after the Olympic Break, Alain Vigneault said:

  • On his trip to Mexico, “it was good, seven days. There was sun, I was able to re-energize and get ready for this final push.”
  • Was his tan spray painted on, “no, not really (laughing) every day I would walk an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon on the beach, it was a great beach and it turned out real well. Turned out to be lightly tanned.”
  • On the break for the coaches, “for me it was just about training a little bit and I was able to watch quite a few of the games in the Olympics. Other than that we have seven days to get ready for our first game against Chicago so we have plenty of time coming back.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s post game comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media on 98.7 ESPN Radio after the Rangers beat the Red Wings:

  • Was today a blueprint of how you need to play down the stretch, “it was definitely for both teams a playoff type game. Points are hard to come by and everyone is bunched together. Detroit plays that type of game where there is not a lot of space and room on the ice. They are a team that is champions of legal interference because the referees don’t call it. They are real good at taking you off stride and slowing you down so you need to fight through that and make the high percentage plays and keep making those plays. That left shift at the end of the second period was a real big momentum shift for us. We kind of took charge and came right out at the start of the third and scored there. We didn’t have many breakdowns but when we did Hank did real well what he has done this year as he has made those key saves and we kept going from there.”

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Recap: Alain Vignteault’s comments after Saturday’s practice

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media on Saturday afternoon after the Rangers optional practice:

  • Concerns about tomorrow’s afternoon game, “we have played some afternoon games before but tomorrow is a little different because it’s 12:30 which is really 11:30 because we are moving the clocks ahead. I don’t see it being any different and having a 10:30 to 11:30 practice, you need to go out and practice well, you need to do what you need to do. Tomorrow you need to do what you have to do and there is two huge points up for grabs. Everyone should be ready.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault post game comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault spoke with the media on MSG after the game:

  • “we were playing a real solid game. We talked in between the second and third not to change the way we were playing. It’s a funny game. We were shorthanded and Mac gets an opportunity that goes through the goalie, he had made some un-real saves. From there it seemed to give us a little momentum. The refs were forced to call those two penalties and our PP was able to score.”

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Read: Alain Vigneault on Mats Zuccarello and the situation with Raphael Diaz

Prior to the Rangers game in Carolina, Alain Vigneault met with the media and said:

  • Now is not the time to experiment with putting in Raphael Diaz. (Andrew Gross)
  • Vigneault spoke with people in Montreal and Vancouver about Diaz and that he is a puck mover/offensive defenseman (Pat Leonard)
  • Mats Zuccarello will play tonight and re-join Derick Brassard and Benoit Pouliot. (Pat Leonard)
  • Zuccarello was cleared to play yesterday and his conditioning tests after the Olympics, even as he was hurt, were better than his numbers in training camp. (Andrew Gross)
  • Zuccarello had no pain in his hand during practice yesterday. Earlier in the week he was still dealing with pain. (Pat Leonard)

Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments after practice yesterday

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media yesterday after the Rangers practiced and before they went to Carolina (Rangers):

  • How good was it to have Marty practice today, “for me, Marty had played 5 games in 7 nights prior to last night and yesterday was a challenging day. We went through a nice 35 minute practice with him though Hags didn’t skate today, he got an extra maintenance day, I think that for the most part we did what we had to do in practice. We worked on a couple of areas and we will get ready for a big tough game tomorrow.”
  • Will you have Zucc, “I would say right now that it’s a game time decision. He had a good practice today and I spoke with him briefly at the end of it and he felt pretty good. I think they were going to talk with the doctors a little later and make a decision.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault post game comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media (MSG) after the Rangers OT loss to Toronto:

  •  On Marty, “for everything going on in his day or the last couple of days, flying in and playing I thought for the most part it was alright. We were playing against a team that plays fast and on the rush that has good tempo. For the most part we were able to control some of their tempo and rush. Where I would have liked to see us be more effective, we spent a lot of time in their end, a lot of time with the puck but not a lot on the inside. We didn’t get a lot of quality chances off the puck possession time that we had. That is an area we will have to be better. 5 on 5 tonight I don’t think we were as good as we have been in the past.

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s pre game comments

Alain Vigneault6:51PM: Sam Rosen spoke with Alain Vigneault on MSG:

  • On his reaction to what happened today, “It’s a special day…Ryan being what he is and what he meant to the organization…we got a great player. A guy who has won a cup, a real solid leader and brings some great offensive capabilities. It’s a decision that we felt made us a better team and we have 20 games to work ourselves into the playoffs and that is what we are going to do.”
  • On the impact of the locker room, “Obviously those players and the time they spent together, there is disappointment. They are great friends, have families that are growing up together for us to be able to bring in a player like Marty St. Louis will excite our group. Great player, great leadership qualities, he wants to win and he wanted to be here real bad and we were able to make the trade and we are confident that it will make us a better team moving forward.”
  • On how it changes his coaching, “we want to get through tonight and will then work on the remaining 19 games. Marty played last night, traveled the whole day, we will ease him in here tonight and make sure everything is fine.”

5:51PM: Alain Vigneault spoke before the Rangers game against the Maple Leafs (via SNY’s Steve Gelbs):

  •  “first of all I should thank Ryan for everything he has done for the Rangers. I only had him for a short time. The Rangers know him real well. He was a solid person and solid captain for us. It’s part of the business and I am very happy and excited to have Marty St. Louis with us. Another frenchman, I like that part. Obviously he is an elite player, elite skill level, great leader and I am very confident he will fit in real well with our group.”
  • Are you surprised when this happened, “I don’t know if surprised is the right word. Obviously Glen will speak about this. The two parties weren’t comfortable with what was being offered and at the end of the day we knew this was a possibility. We were able to come up with a pretty good player for our team.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today (On Ryan Callahan)

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

  • On the weekend games, “In both games I believe that we played well enough to win. We out chanced Boston 25-12 and lost that game 6-3. We played a real solid game, made some mistakes, we are not going to be perfect and when we had the opportunity to score goals at key times we didn’t do that. It turned around and hurt us at the end of the day. Those games are behind us now and we will focus on Toronto coming in tomorrow, a team that is playing real well and by tomorrow night we will have our team and go from there.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s post game comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media on 98.7 ESPN after the Rangers lost to Boston:

  •  “we weren’t able to make the other team pay for some of their mistakes. We came out of there even but I thought we played pretty sound. We didn’t give the opposition many chances. They were able to capitalize on their chances and we weren’t able to capitalize on ours.”
  • On Ryan Callahan’s status, “I have nothing that I have heard that has changed my mind on that.”

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