Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today

Alain Vigneault Alain Vigneault met with the media after the Rangers practiced in Columbus today (Rangers):

  • On defense changes and Diaz skating with Staal today, “I don’t think so at this time. We have talked about, I would like to put him in the lineup but the games are so important and the guys are playing pretty good in front of him so we will see what happens in the next couple of games.”
  • On the defense from the last game, “yea, this morning we had a video session before practice where we showed a couple of areas where we need to be better in. What I take out of that game, and yes there are areas defensively where we can be better, I am hoping that those eight goals is going to help start a couple of our offensive guys. Nasher came up big for us though one was an empty net goal, he scored a short handed goal and I really liked Brass’ line in that game. They were part of I think 7 or 8 scoring chances for which is a very good night for a line so I am hoping that it will be a start for us and more of our guys will find the net on a more regular basis. You need that, you definitely need that, you need to make the other team pay for their mistakes.”

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Recap: AV Squad (3/13)

  • Alain VigneaultOn the Callahan trade, “you lose your captain obviously, Ryan was a very important part of our team but I think all players know that things like that may happen at a certain point in time and in this case it did happen and unfortunately we lost our captain but fortunately we gained a real quality player and person. I’m sure Marty will fit in real well and help us win games.”
  • Do you have to talk to the team after a trade like that, “that was a real emotional day with a lot of things going on and we skated that morning, I wanted to skate them that morning to keep the guys busy and not have them think about the deadline. Trade happened when we got off the ice and that night I didn’t feel the need to address the team or say anything special. Marty flew in from Tampa and walked into the room and I thought that was enough. He has a great presence, an elite player, one of the best players in the NHL and we are fortunate to have him.” To read more of this story, click here

Recap: Alain Vigneault post game comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media following the Rangers win over the Senators:

On 8 goals, “that is very positive for our group but this was a different type of game with chances on both sides. This was not obviously a defensive masterpiece but we found a way to score some goals which we hadn’t done in a while and hopefully that will carry over to the next couple of games.”

Was there something that told you the team was heading in the right direction, “it was a funny game, 2-1 after the first. The first was a couple of chances both sides and they found our net and we found their net and then that last 5 of the second where we scored 3 rather quickly seemed to change the game around for us. Lets just say that this wasn’t a masterpiece by both teams.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault pre game comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault  spoke with Sam Rosen on MSG before the Rangers played the Senators:

  •  On Marty St. Louis, “Sometimes players go through stretches like this but in Marty’s case he is doing a lot of other really good things. His defensive game is strong, he is committed to working well without the puck and when he gets the puck he just hasn’t had very much puck luck so far so I am very confident that if he plays the way that he is that the puck will go in. He is playing with good linemates and it will start tonight.”
  • On his line, “that line had some great looks in that first period alone against SJ. They had three Grade A opps and their goalie made saves. They were using their skill and speed and I believe that it will start coming.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today

Alain VigneaultPrior to leaving for Ottawa, Alain Vigneault met with the media after the Rangers practice (Rangers):

  • On Anton Stralman, “he blocked a shot yesterday and thought it would be a good time to give him a maintenance day.”
  • Are you thinking about any changes for tomorrow, “I am still in the process of finishing our game from yesterday and Ottawa’s game. If there are any decisions that we make in terms of lineup we will make them tonight.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault pre game comments

Alain Vigneault2:50PM: Alain Vigneault met with the media prior to the Rangers game against the Sharks: (Inside Hockey)

  • Any lineup changes, “nope, same lineup.”
  • What makes San Jose so dangerous, “they got a few things. They have speed and size and they play a real sound and fundamental game. They can beat you with skill and can beat you with size. They are an elite team in this league and they have really done a good job in the last couple of years with surrounding their veteran players with younger and high end skill players up front and on D. That is why they have been consistent like they have.”
    What is the biggest change in the team from the first time you played San Jose to today, “that was a long time ago. To tell you the truth I have put away that part of the season. I don’t remember that part of the season but we are playing good hockey and we need to put our best game on the ice tonight.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s post game comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media on MSG after the Rangers beat the Jets:

  • What did you like most, “we were playing in a very tough environment against a very big team and I thought for the most part we did what we had to do on the road to come up with the win. That goal at the end of the second was very big for us, a couple of seconds left in the period and in the third we did what we had to do to protect the lead and get the two points.

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s post game comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media following the Rangers loss to Minnesota:

  • We generated enough chances to score more than one goal and there is a fine line between a win and a loss and on two occasions we had two simple little breakouts, two simple little plays that we had to make and are capable of making that we didn’t make and they capitalized on the mistakes that we made and offensively we weren’t there to capitalize on some of the mistakes that they made. For the first two periods both teams were playing close to the vest and they were flipping a lot of pucks and using the glass to get it out and when they scored the second goal in the third period they sort of backed off on their forecheck and we were able to get some chances but unable to finish.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault post game comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media after the Rangers lost to Carolina, on MSG,

  • Can you explain the game, “not that I don’t want to give credit to Carolina because they played a good game but we pissed away two points because we didn’t work and I haven’t said that very often about this group this year, right from the start our work ethic wasn’t what it needs to be in this league to have a chance and when we do that we are just a below average team and that is what we showed tonight.
  • How do you address it, “we will deal with it tomorrow, watch the game and go from there.”
  • “It manifested itself in all areas. We must have turned the puck over in our end 12-13 times in the first period alone. In the third period we are down by a goal and get nothing for the first 12 minutes other than a puck that goes off a players head and gives us a scoring chance. Right from the start we weren’t there, I don’t understand, points are hard to come by and we have to work hard and so we will get back at it tomorrow and go from there.”