Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today (On cuts, Lee Stempniak, Marty St. Louis at center)

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

  • On the players being cut, “there were a few that, at some point you make decisions and might want to get a couple of guys and might want to see them longer or give them a longer opportunity but we wanted to get down to 6 lines and 10 D and 2 goalies and that is what we did. Some guys are going down to Hartford and while that doesn’t mean the guys here will get called up before them, its about how you play and how you perform. Anytime we need someone I will pick up the phone and call Ken and ask who is playing well in a position or role and we will make the calls we need to make.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s post game comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media following the Rangers loss to Philly (NYR):

  • On compete level, “we were playing against a good hockey team that has a lot of their veterans on the ice. We had quite a few young players but I felt that for the most part our guys did well. There were some moments where we spent more time in our end than we would have liked to. There is team evaluation and individual evaluation and a few guys caught our attention tonight.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s post game comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media following the Rangers win over the Flyers last night (LoHud via SoundCloud)

  • On Anthony Duclair, “I think it’s real simple. He needs to focus on the next game. He is playing well and to his strengths. He is creating real good opps for him and his teammates on the ice and it’s a daily process and like some of the other younger guys, he has caught our attention. There are 3 games left and we will take the time that we need to make the right decisions.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments from this afternoon

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

  • “Hank has the full game tonight, ready to go.”
  • On Girardi, “it’s precautionary, he will skate tomorrow. Just gave him an extra day, no issues there.”
  • On the top two lines, “we will look at those lines against an NHL opponent and see if there is anything there. We have four games remaining and I will try some experiments and see what happens.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today

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

  • On Kevin Hayes on RW, “There might be some changes to that, I definitely want to get a look at him there. Lombardi got hurt today during practice, he won’t play tomorrow so we will look at maybe playing Hayes in the middle or Lindberg tomorrow so I need to talk to Glen, Schoeny and Jeff.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s post game comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media following the Rangers win over Chicago (NYR):

  • On the young guys, “I liked the way that a lot of our young guys got their first opportunty and came on the ice and contributed. It was an exhibition game and some mistakes at both ends but there was some real positive signs. I thought Duclair showed that he definitely has wheels and made some nice moves and I am sure that for a first game the young man was excited. Overall I thought that except maybe for a stretch in the second, our game was pretty good. Our puck control was all right, coming out of the zone and in the offensive end. First exhibition game on the road, I thought it was all right.”

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

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

  • On Centers,”I would say that it doesn’t hurt but also say that with Step being out, that opens up a hole bunch of possibilities and opportunities. With Richie being gone and Brian Boyle not coming back, he gave us some depth there, this gives us an opportunity with Oscar and JT to Hayes to Mueller, Marty texted me last night to say that he was ready if needed in the middle. I think we will find a way. The next five games we will give an opportunity with our kids and Lombardi and from their play we will make the decisions.”

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