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Flames-Rangers Preview

The New York Rangers are well aware of where the Calgary Flames pose a major threat. Calgary, though, hasn't been very threatening versus Eastern Conference foes. The Flames own the NHL's second-worst mark against the East entering Tuesday night's opener of a season-high, seven-game road trip. The Rangers (36-16-6) trail the New York Islanders by two points in the Metropolitan Division...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Cam Talbot saving Rangers, and auditioning well for rest of NHL

It was very casually the way Henrik Lundqvist walked passed the assembled media on the sidelines of Rangers practice at the MSG Training Facility on Wednesday, in gym clothes and sweating. And it was very casually the way his coach, Alain Vigneault, later volunteered the fact the injured goaltender and franchise cornerstone has spent some time on the ice recently, staying in shape...
Via Hockey Fan Land
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: No Trade Coming For Zuccarello

On Monday during TSN’s Insider Trading segment, Darren Dreger offered this update regarding where the Rangers stand regarding upcoming UFA Mats Zuccarello. “There’s a tough ongoing negotiation with Newport Sports… They love Mats Zuccarello. Alain Vigneault, the head coach of the New York Rangers, obviously wants to keep him. We might describe him as an ‘own rental,’ but...
Via NY Rangers Blog
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers 5, Arizona 1

The New York Rangers (33-16-5) defeated the Arizona Coyotes (20-30-7)  tonight by a score of 5-1 . For a box score, click here. Can the Ranger dads come to every game? The Rangers had to ward off not only the Coyotes who played the Rangers tough tonight through 40 minutes, but the refs didn’t do the Rangers any favors, giving the Yotes’ 3 power plays and a penalty shot. The...
Via NY Rangers Blog
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers pull away from Coyotes

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Rick Nash scored his NHL-best 35th goal early in a four-goal third period, and the New York Rangers beat the Arizona Coyotes 5-1 on Saturday night to give coach Alain Vigneault his 500th career win. Cam Talbot made 34 saves, including on Tobias Rieder's third-period penalty shot, in the Rangers' third straight win. Vigneault became the 21st coach in league history...
Via AP on Fox
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers score four in third to pound Coyotes in Vigneault's 500th win

  Rick Nash scored his NHL-best 35th goal early in a four-goal third period, and the New York Rangers beat the Arizona Coyotes 5-1 on Saturday night to give coach Alain Vigneault his 500th career win. Cam Talbot made 34 saves, including on Tobias Rieder's third-period penalty shot, in the Rangers' third straight win. Vigneault became the 21st coach in league history to reach the...
Via AP on Fox
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers-Avalanche Preview

Mats Zuccarello's continued surge helped New York avoid matching its longest losing streak of the season. The Rangers are hoping he'll have even more opportunities after moving him to their top power-play unit. They seek a rare road win over the struggling Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night. New York (31-16-5) had dropped two straight before Zuccarello's second goal of the game...
Via AP on Fox
17 days ago  |  Discuss

AV alters powerplay units amid struggles

In a move to hopefully get the most out of his powerplay, Alain Vigneault made some changes to the two units, swapping Dan Boyle and Ryan McDonagh at the point, and Mats Zuccarello and Martin St. Louis as a forward. Both Boyle and MSL have been struggling mightily, and it was time to change things Read more → The post AV alters powerplay units amid struggles appeared first on Blue Seat Blogs.
Via Blue Seat Blogs
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Zuccarello Getting Hot At The Right Time

At some point, we all knew that Mats Zuccarello was going to figure it out. Coming off a 59 point campaign that led the Rangers a year ago and the contract issues that seem to follow him, Zuccarello’s shortcomings (no pun intended) with his production thus far were a little bit surprising given just about everyone had targeted Zuccarello as the guy who would show the most dramatic...
Via NY Rangers Blog
17 days ago  |  Discuss

With the Rangers top heavy, Alain Vigneault needs to adapt

Regardless of their current record, the Rangers have a lot of passengers at present – quite a few players need to improve beyond just the four we discussed yesterday. If we were being critical, how much of the solid yet unspectacular record the Rangers currently have is the product of Rick Nash’s season (so far) Read more → The post With the Rangers top heavy, Alain Vigneault...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers-Islanders Rivalry Renewed

The Rangers and Islanders will square off at Madison Square Garden Tuesday night in front of a packed house for what Alain Vigneault is calling a “New York Classic.”  The organizations are not unfamiliar with one another as they see each other 4-5 times a year in the regular season, however, this game means more to both continue reading...
Via Save By Richter
January 13, 2015  |  Discuss

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
December 15, 2014  |  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
December 11, 2014  |  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
November 21, 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

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.
Via Blue Seat Blogs
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.
Via Blue Seat Blogs
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

Rangers 5, Wild 4

The New York Rangers (5-4-0) defeated the Minnesota Wild (4-3-0) by the score of 5-4, tonight. For a box score, click here. …so how do I describe this game? …ho-hum, just another example of the Rangers thriving under adversity with Vigneault behind the bench. After witnessing his team’s embarrassing display of defensive zone exits and lack of discipline the first two periods...
Via NY Rangers Blog
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.
Via Blue Seat Blogs
October 23, 2014  |  Discuss
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