So, What Did We Miss?

Ok, we’re back from our 4 week break, ready to leave the doldrums of summer behind and get set for the 2015-16 season, which promises to be another big one for the Rangers, who we know have gotten a bit of a makeover since they were defeated in Game 7 against Tampa, four long months ago. So, where are we with the team right now? If you remember, several Rangers players went under...
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Zuccarello should be '100 percent' by August

On Tuesday, New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said on Tuesday that Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello was progressing well in his recovery from a brain contusion and a hairline fractured skull."I got an email from our medical staff last week, everything is coming along fine and he should be 100 percent, I was told, by the beginning of August," Vigneault said.Zuccarello hasn't played...
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June 24, 2015  |  Discuss

What went right/wrong: Alain Vigneault’s coaching

The coaching of Alain Vigneault has come under fire in past months, as he appeared to be routinely outcoached by Barry Trotz and Jon Cooper in the playoffs. Compounding this was his decision to play Tanner Glass regularly, a decision which left most fans baffled. But Vigneault is a Jack Adams finalist, so it’s not […]
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June 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Alain Vigneault: Rangers D-Man Ryan McDonagh Played On Broken Foot

Many NHL players play through pain and injury in the Stanley Cup playoffs, and Ryan McDonagh is the latest example. The Rangers captain and No. 1 defenseman left Friday night’s Eastern Conference Final Game 7 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning early in the first period. He returned later in the period, but it was clear he wasn’t at full strength. Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault...
May 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Vigneault offers take on protecting teammates at price of costly penalties

The Rangers boast a lineup with some players who can control the physical side of a game, but in the playoffs, those players' roles are difficult since teams need to weigh whether to protect teammates or ensure that the team stays out of the box.Forward Chris Kreider's cross-checking penalty in the first period of Game 6 epitomized that dilemma, as Kreider sought revenge on Tampa...
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May 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Brassard's candid discussion of coaching challenge backfires

New York Rangers center Derick Brassard had a spectacular night Tuesday, recording five points and a hat trick to help the Rangers to a 7-3 win in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals. Brassard told reporters his big night was especially timely considering he had a meeting earlier that day with coach Alain Vigneault in which Brassard said Vigneault challenged him to do more....
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May 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Rangers coach Vigneault laughs off Lundqvist doubts

New York goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has not been at his best so far in the Eastern Conference finals, and his poor play prompted many New York fans to wonder whether backup goaltender Cam Talbot could get a start. But when reporters confronted Rangers coach Alain Vigneault about the controversy Thursday, Vigneault dismissed the calls for Talbot."Is that a question?” Vigneault...
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May 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Rangers coach Vigneault defends forward's power outage

The New York Rangers have struggled to score throughout the playoffs, and forward Rick Nash is a big reason why. Nash has just two goals in the postseason despite finishing the regular season ranked third in the NHL in goals (42). Coach Alain Vigneault acknowledged that the Rangers need Nash to step up soon if they want to be in the best position to succeed. "I mean, again, he’s...
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May 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Despite return to practice, Rangers' Zuccarello still far from return

A familiar face in Mats Zuccarello finally joined the Rangers in practice on Monday, but according to head coach Alain Vigneault, the winger probably won't make an imminent return. "I work with the players that are available," Vigneault told reporters Tuesday. "I don’t worry about the ones that are not. I just love having Zuccy around because he smiles a lot. But other than that...
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May 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Lightning's Stralman still bitter over New York split

The saying goes that time heals all wounds, but apparently there has not been enough time since Anton Stralman's departure from the Rangers for the defenseman's hurt feelings to heal. Stralman signed a five-year, $22.5 million deal over the summer with the Lightning after the Rangers failed to sign Stralman to a new contract. Rangers coach Alain Vigneault told the New York Post...
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May 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Alain Vigneault, Bob Hartley, Peter Laviolette Named Jack Adams Award Finalists

NEW YORK — The New York Rangers’ Alain Vigneault, the Calgary Flames’ Bob Hartley and the Nashville Predators’ Peter Laviolette are the finalists for the Jack Adams Award as NHL’s coach of the year. Members of the NHL Broadcasters’ Association submitted ballots at the end of the regular season, with the top three designated as finalists Wednesday. The winner will be announced...
May 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Vigneault, Hartley, Laviolette are finalists for coach of the year

  The New York Rangers' Alain Vigneault, Calgary's Bob Hartley and Nashville's Peter Laviolette are the finalists for the Jack Adams Award as NHL's coach of the year. Mmbers of the NHL Broadcasters' Association submitted ballots at the end of the regular season, with the top three designated as finalists Wednesday. The winner will be announced June 24 at the NHL awards ceremony...
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May 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Vigneault, Hartley, Laviolette are Jack Adams finalists

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers' Alain Vigneault, Calgary's Bob Hartley and Nashville's Peter Laviolette are the finalists for the Jack Adams Award as NHL's coach of the year. Mmbers of the NHL Broadcasters' Association submitted ballots at the end of the regular season, with the top three designated as finalists Wednesday. The winner will be announced June 24 at the NHL awards...
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May 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Is Alain Vigneault getting out-coached?

Yesterday, I wrote about how the Washington Capitals are succeeding at getting the New York Rangers away from their rush-based offense, forcing them to play more of a cycle game. Generally speaking, the Caps have adjusted their breakouts and neutral zone play to limit passing and skating lanes, which forces the Rangers into more of Read more → The post Is Alain Vigneault getting...
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May 06, 2015  |  Discuss

New York Rangers’ second round X-Factors

View image | As I previously eluded to in my first round New York Rangers report card, we are about to embark on another series between two teams that are very familiar with each other. Starting on Thursday, the Rangers will be taking on the Washington Capitals for the first time in the Alain Vigneault […] The post New York Rangers’ second round X-Factors appeared...
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April 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Rangers head to 2nd round, await Capitals or Islanders

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers aren't accustomed to this. In last year's run to the Stanley Cup Finals, they went the seven-game limit in the first two series, then needed six games in the Eastern Conference final. Now, after four straight 2-1 victories - the clincher in Game 5 Friday night against Pittsburgh on Carl Hagelin's overtime goal - they actually get some time to,...
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April 25, 2015  |  Discuss

No Coast Bias Stanley Cup Playoffs 2015 Preview: New York Rangers (1) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (4)

Season Recap: New York Rangers (53-22-7, 113 Points) What a season it has been for Alain Vigneault’s New York Rangers. Despite losing their star goaltender for 2 months, they remained at the very top of the food chain in all the NHL, and wound up finishing the season as the best team in the league, [&hellip (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) The post No Coast Bias Stanley...
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April 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Focus turns to Alain Vigneault as Rangers head into postseason

It’s almost unfair. Every article I read about coach of the year candidates, Alain Vigneault barely gets any ink. As beloved as AV is by the NY beat, outside of the metro, he might as well be a ghost. Deciding who should be the coach of the year is almost an impossible exercise. No one Read more → The post Focus turns to Alain Vigneault as Rangers head into postseason appeared...
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April 13, 2015  |  Discuss

AV On The Radio

Yesterday, coach Alain Vigneault appeared on the ESPN Radio with Michael Kay and Don La Greca to discuss the season that was and what lies ahead for the Rangers in the postseason.kay_2015-04-08-161314-8006-0-2-0.64k
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April 09, 2015  |  Discuss

The Presidents’ Trophy doesn’t matter, but it’s still something to be proud of

The Presidents’ Trophy is a nice feather in Alain Vigneault’s cap and deserved recognition for the remarkable regular season the Rangers are about to complete. But is it really worth anything? All the trophy does is extend the home-ice advantage earned by winning the conference for one more round, and of course that only matters if Read more → The post The Presidents’ Trophy...
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April 08, 2015  |  Discuss

New York Rangers are the first team to clinch a playoff spot

On Thursday, March 26, the New York Rangers were the first team in the NHL to clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The win came agains the red-hot Ottawa Senators and their sensational rookie goaltender, Andrew Hammond. The Rangers currently sit atop the league with 101 points and have 9 games remaining. This means they have 3 games in hand on the second place Anaheim Ducks...
March 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Stanley Cup or Bust for New York Rangers

With the NHL season coming to an end, the New York Rangers sit on top of the Eastern Conference with 99 points. They are close to a sure lock to win the Metropolitan Division, six points ahead of the rival Islanders with two games in hand. The Rangers have followed up their Stanley Cup Finals loss with a season to remember. Unfortunately, there is extreme pressure for the Rangers...
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March 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Assessing JT Miller’s latest Rangers opportunity

The next two weeks may tell us a lot more about JT Miller’s future. With Marty St Louis out injured for up to eight games the opportunity for JT Miller to really show his worth to Alain Vigneault has never been greater. Whether Miller gets moved up to the second line or Kevin Hayes goes Read more → The post Assessing JT Miller’s latest Rangers opportunity appeared first on Blue Seat Blogs.
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March 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Lineup notes: Tanner Glass in for James Sheppard tomorrow

Alain Vigneault is shuffling the lines a bit for tomorrow’s showdown with the Islanders, and will be dressing Tanner Glass on the fourth line over James Sheppard. Sheppard had been used with Dominic Moore and Jesper Fast as the 4LW, providing some much needed defensive stability to a fourth line that really needed a defensively Read more → The post Lineup notes: Tanner Glass...
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March 09, 2015  |  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...
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February 18, 2015  |  Discuss
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