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Canucks Decide To Take Christmas Break Early, Forget To Tell Fans

Boy, am I glad I decided against shelling out $200 for a pair of tickets to the Vancouver Canucks game on Saturday. After a lengthy road trip (7 games in 14 days) the Canucks came home and were off for 3 days before hitting the ice again on Saturday night against Alain Vigneault and the […] The post Canucks Decide To Take Christmas Break Early, Forget To Tell Fans appeared first...
Via Two Pad Stack
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Open Thread 12/11- Is JT Miller Being Showcased?

It has been quite the bumpy ride  for the Rangers first round pick in 2011. Constantly shuttled between New York and Hartford as a mere injury call-up and when he was playing for the Rangers JT Miller was little more than a 4th liner stop gap getting 10 minutes a night. Not exactly what you would call “being put in a position to succeed.” Miller lasted just 3 games to start...
Via NY Rangers Blog
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Practice Notes: Glass skates, Talbot starts

Per Brett Cyrgalis, winger Tanner Glass –out with the mumps– skated with the team today at practice, rotating with Anthony Duclair on the fourth defense pairing with John Moore. Glass won’t play tomorrow, and it looks like Alain Vigneault won’t be making any lineup changes either. Jim Cerny noted that Cam Talbot will be in […] The post Practice Notes: Glass skates, Talbot...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Does Anyone Else Miss John Tortorella?

The man. The myth. The eternally angry legend. Alain Vigneault has been New York Rangers coach for a season plus and has done a tremendous job. He’s changed the way the team plays, maintained an even-keeled persona which can be seen on the ice and, in his first season, led New York to its first Cup Final appearance since 1994. A remarkable start to what we all hope can be a championship...
Via NY Rangers Blog
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Lineup notes: Fast/Duclair in; Stempniak day-to-day

Per Steve Zipay, Lee Stempniak is out tonight, and Alain Vigneault doesn’t think it is a long-term issue. That means both Anthony Duclair and Jesper Fast will play tonight, on the third and fourth lines, respectively. Per Zipay, the lines at practice yesterday: Rick Nash-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Martin St. Louis Carl Hagelin-Kevin Hayes-Anthony...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Open Thread 11/12: Postgame Media, Duclair

There was quite the firestorm on here and social media, when Alain Vigneault declared Anthony Duclair out of the lineup for last night’s tilt against the first place Penguins. During the pre-game media scrum, AV mentioned that Duclair’s “situation is day to day”, before ruling him out. In one hand, I don’t have a problem with AV holding Duclair out of the lineup for...
Via NY Rangers Blog
November 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Even with Stepan’s return to the lineup, the Rangers need to trade for a center

Brad Richard’s departure via buyout has left a void on the Rangers third line that they’ve never filled. Derek Stepan’s injury made their lack of center depth obvious, but his return doesn’t solve their original problem. The team does not have a third line center. Alain Vigneault seems resigned to giving Dominic Moore third line continue reading...
Via Save By Richter
November 10, 2014  |  Discuss

The relationship between Vigneault and Glass makes no sense whatsoever

Why does Alain Vigneault think Tanner Glass is a good hockey player? At this point, that question is a riddle with no answer. It may even be likely that it’s the wrong question all together. Maybe Vigneault doesn’t like Glass at all and he’s being forced upon him by a belligerent front office? Sure, Vigneault and Glass continue reading...
Via Save By Richter
November 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Wings look to rebound against Rangers

The New York Rangers have been hit by a slew of injuries, but they may at least get Mats Zuccarello back. With their top scorer from last season likely in the lineup, the Rangers will try to get back on track with a fifth straight win over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. New York (5-4-2) has followed a three-game winning streak by going 1-1-2. Not...
Via AP on Fox
November 05, 2014  |  Discuss

AV: Stepan Unlikely to Play Tonight; Zuccarello game time decision

Alain Vigneault addressed reporters after Tuesday’s optional practice in which Stepan took another step toward his much needed return to the Ranger lineup. Stepan was eligible to come off the LTIR list on Monday, which caused the Rangers to make a cap move and place Ryan Malone on waivers Sunday in case of the slim chance Stepan was ready to play Monday against St. Louis...
Via NY Rangers Blog
November 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Off-day musings: New lines, call ups, injuries

Today is an off-day for the Rangers, so the day is slow. Yesterday saw a little bit of action, as John Moore was suspended for give games, and Alain Vigneault shook up the defensive pairings as a result. In some good news Derek Stepan is on track to be activated off LTIR next week. Looking […] The post Off-day musings: New lines, call ups, injuries appeared first on Blue Seat Blogs.
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October 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Nash’s Willingness To Drive To The Net Paying Off

It’s no secret that Rick Nash is on fire this season. He’s stronger, faster and more willing to engage. However, the biggest improvement to me has been his ability to drive to the net, with and without the puck, to make a play. Stunningly, Alain Vigneault disagrees with my assessment stating the only difference between Rick Nash this season and last season is that the puck...
Via NY Rangers Blog
October 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Kostka to Replace Moore; Stepan’s Return; New Lines

With the expected lengthy suspension for John Moore, Rangers fans have been speculating that a defensive call-up might be in the team’s future. However, Alain Vigneault put that thought process to rest stating today that there will be no call-ups right now. Which means Michael Kostka will get a chance to redeem himself starting Saturday night. But Vigneault did add that he might...
Via NY Rangers Blog
October 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Injury Update: Stepan to be off LTIR next week

Per Steve Zipay, coach Alain Vigneault noted that injured center Derek Stepan, who fractured his fibula in training camp, has seen no setbacks and will be all good to come off LTIR next week. Stepan is first eligible to come off LTIR on 11/3, and it appears he will be good to go at some […] The post Injury Update: Stepan to be off LTIR next week appeared first on Blue Seat Blogs.
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October 29, 2014  |  Discuss

What To Do With The Duke of New York

When asked whether or not Anthony Duclair (1 G, 2 SOG) was going to stick with the Rangers or get sent back to juniors, Rangers Head Coach Alain Vigneault quipped, “Talent has no age.” True enough, but the question isn’t whether or not Duke is talented, it’s whether or not he’s ready for big ice. Few dispute Duke’s promise as a potential top-six forward in the NHL. Over...
Via Razzball Hockey
October 28, 2014  |  Discuss

New lines from practice: Duclair back in

Per the team Twitter, coach Alain Vigneault has some new lines at practice, with Anthony Duclair sliding back in on the third line. Ryan Malone is the extra skater: Chris Kreider-Kevin Hayes-Rick Nash Mats Zuccarello-Derick Brassard-Martin St. Louis Anthony Duclair-Dominic Moore-Carl Hagelin Tanner Glass-Chris Mueller-Lee Stempniak There were no changes to the defensive pairings...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Alain Vigneault: Master Motivator

After the Rangers mutiny against Führer Tortorella back in the Spring of 2013, conventional wisdom was that the Rangers would replace him with a players coach. And that thought process was confirmed with the hiring of Alain Vigneault, who had the reputation of using a hands-off approach which allowed his players to police themselves While that coaching strategy was initially perceived as...
Via NY Rangers Blog
October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Since the Rangers Are Resting So Am I

Inspired by this quote from Alain Vigneault yesterday regarding the Rangers three day break in between games… “It’s good for us, in a sense. Rest and recovery-wise, it’s excellent. And next week, obviously, we’ll have a lot of practice time…which you don’t get a chance for often in the regular season.” …I decided to take a little break today after pretty much going...
Via NY Rangers Blog
October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

An early look at Rangers line deployment

Although the New York Rangers’ lines are in a state of flux due to injuries, we have seen enough games thus far to get a fair barometer on how Alain Vigneault will deploy his lines throughout the season. Earlier this month, prior to the start of the season, I took a guess at how AV […] The post An early look at Rangers line deployment appeared first on Blue Seat Blogs.
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October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

The Demise of Michael Kostka Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

After Michael Kostka’s disaster of a Rangers debut in which he gave up two ill advised turnovers during the home opener, you’d assume his next game would be more likely with the Charlestown Chiefs than the New York Rangers. However, when Alain Vigneault is your head coach, the chance for redemption is always an arms length away. With Dan Girardi day-to-day with a laceration...
Via NY Rangers Blog
October 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Duclair A Healthy Scratch; Miller Needs Seasoning; New Power Play Units

As I predicted this morning, Anthony Duclair will be a healthy scratch against the San Jose Sharks tomorrow as he was an extra skater during this morning’s practice… Kreider-Hayes-NashZuccarello-Brassard-St. LouisHagelin-D. Moore-StempniakMalone-Mueller-Glass Extra: Duclair As I also mentioned, Alain Vigneault said the reason for Duclair’s spot in the press box is because he...
Via NY Rangers Blog
October 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Video Analysis: What Makes a Hit In Hockey Effective?

I was prepared to draft an article today digging into the questionable decisions of Alain Vigneault the last few days; the line decisions yesterday as well as the roster moves today. However, I soon realized it would probably end up becoming the same cyclical, rehashed arguments regarding analytics, intangibles, and so on. Instead, let’s do something different. People like to counter...
Via NY Rangers Blog
October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers Defensive Woes Could Mean Big Bucks For Staal

The Dan Boyle injury has exposed the Rangers lack of depth on the blueline as Alain Vigneault has had a difficult time finding a competent replacement. While the Rangers lackadaisical defense has been far from amusing… …one Blueshirt who could be laughing all the way to the bank is Marc Staal. You see, every time Michael Del Kostka gives the puck away in the slot, Kevin Klein...
Via NY Rangers Blog
October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 4: Halt the skid against the Fishsticks

The Rangers were pretty bad in the last two games, blowing defensive assignments like they were getting paid to. Now, the Islanders, off to a good start, are in town to renew a rivalry that should see both teams in the playoffs in April. Alain Vigneault has switched up the lines a bit in response […] The post Game 4: Halt the skid against the Fishsticks appeared first on Blue Seat Blogs.
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October 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Vigneault Shakes Things Up as Malone, Kostka In; Zuccarello Back; Miller, Fast, Hunwick Out

It may not be panic time in Rangerstown but their performance the last two games was apparently concerning enough to force Alain Vigneault to make some line-up changes tonight as Ryan Malone and Michael Kostka will make their Blueshirts debut against the Islanders. To make room for them in the line-up, JT Miller, Jesper Fast and Matt Hunwick will all be spectators from the press...
Via NY Rangers Blog
October 14, 2014  |  Discuss
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