Rising Rangers still missing spark plugs

The Rangers’ defensive lapses and disappointing individual performances have been discussed again and again, but one surprising issue this season has been the frequency with which the team hits the ice with very little energy. We saw so few of those pure stinker games in recent years under first John Tortorella and then Alain Vigneault, but […] The post Rising Rangers still...
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Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Hockey Twitter lit up early Monday morning thanks to an angry vent session from Alain Vigneault. At first, attention was drawn to his verbal swipe at the NHL and jab at Sidney Crosby. But his tongue-lashing also brought up a few questions as to how the league is handling certain player behavior — particularly that towards officials.The New York Rangers coach was upset—and understandably...
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Alain Vigneault furious with league for lack of Wayne Simmonds response

Embed from Getty Images   Well, this was bound to happen soon enough. After New York Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh missed the remainder of Saturday's game following his first-period skirmish with Wayne Simmonds -- a skirmish that unjustly saw the 'Wayne Train' receive a game misconduct -- the team announced Monday that McDonagh will miss time with a concussion. Via Andrew...
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Has Alain Vigneault finally changed his defensive zone strategy?

Since Alain Vigneault’s arrival for the 2013-2014 season, the Rangers have been playing man-coverage in the defensive zone. The system was a stark contract from the low zone collapse played by John Tortorella, and there was a significant learning curve associated with the new system. The patience paid off. The Rangers had a very mobile […] The post Has Alain Vigneault finally...
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Alain Vigneault’s patience is being rewarded

Alain Vigneault has made many, many puzzling decisions over the course of the first 49 games this season – from his insistence on giving top minutes to Dan Girardi and Marc Staal, to his refusal to give Keith Yandle the lion’s share of power play time, to repeatedly dressing Tanner Glass. He’s not perfect – […] The post Alain Vigneault’s patience is being rewarded appeared...
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Adjustments Alain Vigneault must make to turn season around

It is often said in the sports business that the third season in a coach’s tenure is sometimes their most difficult. Players tend to tire from the same voice. A coach’s tendencies with x’s and o’s tend to become a little stagnant and predictable for the opposition. Players end up unhappy with their roles and can […] The post Adjustments Alain Vigneault must make to turn...
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January 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Alain Vigneault: Kevin Hayes 'not good enough'

The New York Rangers have gone 3-6-1 over their last 10 games, and head coach Alain Vigneault was not afraid to single out a certain player for the team's struggles.That player: forward Kevin Hayes."I think we all have our tipping points, and I think Kevin has had an extra-long leash, especially considering [center Derek Stepan] was out for quite some time," Vigneault said in regard...
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December 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Alain Vigneault fires back at Claude Julien

Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien got a little testy Friday after forward Brad Marchand received a questionable goaltender interference penalty against the New York Rangers, and Alain Vigneault is firing back. Julien took issue with what he believed was “acting” on goalie Henrik Lundqvist’s part after Marchand made contact with him on his way by the net, but the Rangers...
November 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Mixed feelings among NHL coaches in regard to net size

The discussion over the size of nets in the NHL has grown into quite the topic of conversation—as if debating whether three-on-three OT is terrible or the coaches’ challenges are effective aren’t enough to keep everyone occupied in between watching hockey games.The lack of scoring in conjunction with the size of the nets and goalie equipment reportedly became a talking point...
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November 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Vigneault backs off JT Miller comments

New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault may not have meant for his comments regarding JT Miller to be “pointy”, but they sure sounded like it at the time. Yesterday, Vigneault clarified his previous comments. Via Katie Strang: “I would say those comments might have been interpreted by you as pointed. I would say to you that 95 percent of young players have to figure it...
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April 16, 2014  |  Discuss

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