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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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s post game comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media following the Rangers 1-0 shootout loss to Winnipeg (LoHud via SoundCloud) :

  • Update on McDonagh/Klein, “nothing more than what you have heard so far, shoulder and foot contusion. Both will get MRIs tomorrow and we will find out more.”
  • On the defense on Saturday, “I thought we played a real strong game, tough circumstances right off the hop. Our guys buckled down, 4 defense logged tons of minutes but our forwards did a great job of coming back and giving help when help was needed. We had, in my estimation, plenty of chances to get this done in regulation and couldn’t do it. We ended up losing in a shootout but it wasn’t from a lack of effort or execution, we played one of our best games of the year. “

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Recap: Alain Vigneault on MSG

Alain Vigneault Alain Vigneault spoke with Sam Rosen on MSG during the Rangers pre game show:

  • On the game plan Monday, “I wasn’t crazy about it but it worked out. We got behind the 8 ball having to kill all the penalties and we were down 3 goals but it says a lot about our group, guys came out in the third period. Tried to play a faster and smarter game and close the game. We get within 1, they score to make it 4-2 and we didn’t stop and kept pushing and found a way to win and that is what this game is all about.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today after practice

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

  • On seeing Derek Stepan back on the ice, “good, he has been skating I want to say 3-4-5 days on his own. Now he is day to day. He looked fine to me but the medical staff will tell us when he can start taking contact and then from there it’s feeling that his conditioning is good and that he can go.”
  • Could he play Monday, “at this point could he play Monday? I would not rule anything out but I would not guarantee anything. I would say that it could be anything from Monday to the other Monday. It’s a day to day thing and he will tell us how he feels.”
  • Do you want to see him practice before he plays, “Monday would give us Sunday as a full practice. But all things considered I would like to have him in more than one practice but if he and the medical staff say he is 100% and he says he is ready to go, we will read and see what we need to do there. I would say day to day.”

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Recap: The latest episode of the AV Squad

Alain VigneaultThe second episode of the AV Squad debuted on Thursday 10/23:

  • On the start to the season, “there have been a few areas. Like any season, you look to get better, improve your game and after playing a solid first game in St. Louis, our other games have not been up to the standard that I think this group of players can play. We have been working on a lot and a main focus of the last 7-10 days has been our defensive part of the game. We were giving the other teams way too many grade A opportunities which makes it hard on our goalies. We are tightening up and making better reads when we don’t have the puck and making better decisions when we do have the puck. That has helped out our overall game.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today (On Rick Nash, the defense, PP)

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

  • On Rick Nash, “I don’t think his game has changed much other than the fact that the pucks are going in. He played some real good hockey for us down the stretch. He was in our, after every game we analyze chances for and against and he was always at the top in terms of chances. He just wasn’t finishing for whatever reason. Sometimes goal scorers get hot and there is no doubt that he is pretty hot right now.”
  • On putting him in front more, “no, he was there before, he was getting the looks and now they are going in so, it’s goal scoring.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s post game comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media after the Rangers win over Minnesota (MSG and LoHud, via SoundCloud):

  •  On the third, “In the third Brass, Zucc and Nasher took the game over. That is one of the best periods I have seen three guys play in a long time. It’s tough to get any momentum or rhythm in the first two periods, we spent 14 minutes in the box, so, we were down 3-0 and we fought back.”

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