Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments before the game

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media on Monday prior to the Rangers and Predators (via SNY’s Doug Williams):

  • On big trades two years in a row, “I think it’s a real strong vote of confidence to our players that we feel we have a team that can compete for the cup and these moves have been made with a lot of thinking and we thought we needed to upgrade ourselves on the back end as far as our puck movement, which we did with Keith. We needed a little bit more depth at center which is what we have done with Shepp. I feel we are in a good spot. When we made the moves last year we traded our captain and that had some effect with our team dynamic and chemistry. This year we didn’t touch that and with our understanding are quality players and individuals. It’s a step in the right direction.”

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James Sheppard NOT playing tonight/Jesper Fast back in

5:30PM: Vigneault said, “Shep is not going to play tonight, he had a lot of traveling yesterday and today so we are going to wait on him. Keith is going to go in tonight.”

5:01PM: James Sheppard will not play for the Rangers tonight and Jesper Fast will return. (SNY’s Doug Williams)

Sheppard has had a lot of traveling to do per Alain Vigneault.

News: Mats Zuccarello signs FOUR-YEAR extension with the Rangers

Mats Zuccarello6:38PM: Zuccarello spoke with John Giannone and said, “It’s what I wanted all all along and this is my home and my teammates and I want to be able to try and win here. This is where I want to be and really happy.”

4:57PM: The Rangers and Mats Zuccarello have officially to terms on a FOUR-YEAR contract extension worth $4.5 million.

Glen Sather said on Monday, “I like everything about him, his tenacity, hard work, how he sees the ice, the chemistry he brings to our team and the way he is in the room. He has been a terrific player for us.”

Alain Vigneault said on Monday, “I am glad that it worked out, he is a young player that is only in his first couple of first years in the NHL. Very competitive player and highly skilled and is only going to get better. Very happy we have him locked up for the next four years.”

He has a full-no trade clause in the first year of his deal. (Bob McKenzie)

His salary each year is $4.5 million and he has does not have a no-trade clause in the final-three years. (Leonard)

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Recap: Glen Sather’s comments after the trade deadline (On Yandle, Duclair, Zuccarello, Lundqvist)

Glen SatherGlen Sather met with the media following the trade deadline (via SNY’s Doug Williams)

  • Any questions, (laughs)…”no, thanks”
  • On trading picks, “I don’t think we have given anything away. The players we have added are terrific assets to the team. We got to the Conference Finals last year with the deal that we made. I can’t predict where we will end up this year, but this guy is a great player and will help us a lot. It’s just not a one-year deal.”

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Eddie Olczyk Loves the Keith Yandle trade

Yandle1Eddie Olczyk was on WFAN and said that he “loves” the Keith Yandle trade for the Rangers.

Eddie says that Yandle is able to skate himself out of trouble as well as make plays quickly up to the Rangers forwards.

He adds that Yandle is a “high risk, high reward” kind of player and has a lot of upside to his game. He added that he thinks it’s a “win-win” for the Rangers now and a “win-win” for the Rangers moving forward.

Eddie said that Yandle will turn the puck over when he tries to force plays but he isn’t a “reckless” player on the ice. He said that Yandle will make some “unbelievable plays” but also turn the puck over in some of those situations.

He said that while Yandle isn’t a physical player, he can add another dimension to the Rangers with his skill and that the Rangers skill level on defense has “gone up.”

What the Rangers are getting in Keith Yandle

Yandle16:45PM: Ulf Samuelsson spoke about Yandle with Sam Rosen and said that Yandle sees the ice really well, will do a great job on the PP, is a tremendous leader with great character, moves well laterally on the blue line and will be a great asset.

Joe Micheletti spoke with Dave Tippett who said that Yandle is “dynamic,” can find open players, make things happen offensively and has really developed into a PP guy. Joe said that Yandle can move sideways on the PP which is not something a lot of players can do.

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What the Rangers are getting in James Sheppard

Sheppard13/2/15 | 3:36PM: Eddie O said on WFAN, “he will be able to fill the void of Stempniak. Can play wing and center, has played in offensive situations more than he has in the past. Good in the face-off dot, guy who can skate and play in the system. He knows a lot of these players. He is a bigger guy, has some bite and can win face-offs.”

12:04PM: The Rangers acquired James Sheppard from the Sharks yesterday for a fourth round pick.

Sheppard, 26, has played in 380 games in his career and has 21 goals, 68 assists and an average of 12:40 per game.

This season with the Sharks, in 57 games, Sheppard has 5 goals, 11 assists, a minus three rating and an average of 13:43 per game.

Sheppard is a UFA at the end of the season and has cap hit with the Rangers of $1.2 million.

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