Recap: Mats Zuccarello’s comments today on the season and replacing Benoit Pouliot

Mats ZuccarelloMats Zuccarello met with the media today on day two of training camp to discuss the coming season:

  • On wanting more than one year, “It doesn’t matter what kind of deal you are on, every season is the same and you want to come and do the best for the team. I don’t think about that at all. It was the best for both parties and we will see what happens, nothing that I think about now.” (Lohud on Soundcloud)
  • You approach camp the same way, “yup, I’m a little more comfortable this year than previous years but everything that happened last year is forgotten and it’s a new season and we have to prove ourselves as a team and individually as well.” (NYR)

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Read: Pierre McGuire and others on Kevin Hayes (Update: With his comments today)

Kevin Hayes5:58PM: Hayes says that he challenged himself to be the best player that he can be. (NY Post)

12:23PM: Hayes spoke with the media today (Lohud on Soundcloud)

  • “I played center the first two years and RW the last two years.”
  • Did you center Kreider, “yes, me him and Strait.”
  • On starting at center, “They saw me last year at wing the whole year, the first ten games I played center and then I got switched over to wing with Johnny and Billy. In camp I am a center and I am happy to be anywhere. Wherever they tell me to play.”

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Updating: Players on the ice for day two

11:21AM: The big focus is on skating and battle drills. Kevin Klein put a big hit on Anthony Duclair. (NYR)

10:46AM: Chris Bourque is reportedly “flying” out on the ice. (NYR)

10:32AM: The group is mostly working on 2 on 1s and 2 on 2s so far. (Zipay)

10:07AM: Group B, which features Rick Nash, Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello, Ryan McDonagh, Dan Girardi and others is on the ice first today. (NYR)

Read: A clean slate and last year meaning nothing now

RangersLast year, in his first training camp with the Rangers, Alain Vigneault said that all the players had “clean slates” and the team designed shirts that said “clean slate…grab it” on the back.

Asked this week, Vigneault said that there is a clean slate in the sense that the roles players had last year and the lines players were on may not work this year.

Vigneault did say that knowing the players would help him figure things out sooner than he did last year.

Derek Stepan said on Friday, “it’s a new year, everyone starts at zero. Doesn’t matter what you did last year.” (NYR)

Rick Nash said, “I think it’s important, it keeps things fresh, and it’s a new season and whatever happened last year doesn’t matter. It’s about gaining new trust in players and gaining new rules and chemistry.” (NYR)

He added, “it’s a fresh start for everybody.” (NYR)

Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media today to discuss the first day of on-ice workouts (Rangers):

  • “what we are trying to do right now is build our foundation to have a successful season. You do that by getting on the same page as far as systems and style of play. I felt that we had good tempo in the first half, quick video on defensive zone responsibilities and how we want to play in our own end and I thought that for the most part a lot of our guys applied how we want to play on the ice. It was the first day and guys got tested yesterday and I thought it was a real good first day for us.”

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Read: Rick Nash on potentially moving to the left wing

NashAlain Vigneault has mentioned the past two days that he will use part of training camp to see how Rick Nash looks on the left side after spending most of his time with the Rangers on the right side.

Asked about potentially being used on the left side, Nash said “I got no problem with that. I started out as a LW and switched over after playing LW for a few years. I don’t mind either side.” (NYR)

Asked about being more comfortable on the right, Nash said “I think that if I spent a month on the left it would come all back to me but the right feels more normal right now.” (NYR)

Nash said after he was acquired that he was fine playing either side.

He is listed as a LW on the Rangers website.