Rangers Style of Play Suits Stempniak’s Game

If you’re going to succeed in Alain Vigneault’s system, you’re going to have to be able to skate and forecheck. Thankfully for the Rangers, it sounds as if those are two of Lee Stempniak’s strong suits (via Blueshirts United)… “The style of play they play is well-suited to my game, and I think I can contribute, come in and help the team win games. I think this is a really...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Top Six Candidates To Become The Rangers 27th Captain

Now that the Rangers roster is rounding into shape, the next biggest question is who’s going to lead this team? After trading away Ryan Callahan last March, the Rangers decided to go with three alternate captains instead of naming a new captain for the remainder of the season. During the Rangers run to the Stanley Cup Final, Brad Richards took on the role of de facto captain, but...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

NHL News: Del Zotto Still Waiting For New Contract

With just over two months until the start of the 2014-2015 NHL season, the list of available free agents still has some value left.#484631947 / gettyimages.comOne intriguing name out there is defenseman Michael Del Zotto, still just 24 years old, he's a classic “buy low” candidate. The former All-Star was once one of the top offensive defensemen in the league putting up...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Zuccarello and Kreider deals – mixed results for the Rangers

Everyone will be breathing a little easier now Chris Kreider and Mats Zuccarello are under contract for next season but the potential fallout of the two deals really is a mixed bag for the Rangers. Chris Kreider Assuming Alain Vigneault can continue to improve Kreider’s defense, Kreider’s contract should immediately become a bargain. The big, […] The post The Zuccarello and...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

What The Rangers Kids Can Bring-Part 1

Lindberg in Hartford With the New York Rangers being in a bind with cap space currently, chances are they will take a chance bringing up some younger players to fill in roles when needed. They are short, especially when its comes to offense, on the 3rd and 4th lines and that’s where these players will fit in. Alain Vigneault has also mentioned wanting some younger players to get...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

JT Miller Should Get Huge Chance This Season

With the Rangers cap situation less than ideal, it’s not very likely that they’ll have the ability to replace both Brad Richards and Beniot Pouliot’s through free agency or a trade. While Glen Sather will most assuredly find a way to acquire a substitute for one of the two, it’s looking more and more likely JT Miller, along with his $894,167 per year salary, will be designated...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

The Clear-Cut Case of Tanner Glass; He’s Not Good At Hockey

Earlier today Kevin wrote a piece in which he broke down what he called the “curious case” of Tanner Glass. Largely, I understand what he was trying to do. Just as in my “Retain or Release” articles, Kevin wanted to present the best arguments he could to, while highlighting some issues, bring hope for success in regards to Tanner Glass’ upcoming tenure with the Rangers...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

The Curious Case of Tanner Glass

I’ve got to be honest, when the Rangers signed Tanner Glass I didn’t know too much about the guy. I loved the idea of bringing in some sandpaper, especially after trading away Derek Dorsett along with Dan Carcillo’s future with the Blueshirts cloudy at best. However, three years at $1.45 million per seemed excessive for a guy Penguin fans seemed way too excited about landing...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

It sure seems like Pouliot will be re-signed by Rangers

There has been a steady stream of reports since April about the mutual interest between the Rangers and Benoit Pouliot on a new contract. Pouliot is set to become a free agent on July 1, but ESPN’s Craig Custance reports that there will be a sincere effort by both sides to get a deal done prior to then. A successful summer for the Rangers most definitely includes re-signing Pouliot...
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June 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Alain Vigneault and John Tortorella: Crossing Paths

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports, Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports Before the 2013-14 NHL season, Alain Vigneault and John Tortorella switched roles. The two probably crossed each other’s path in an airport, as Tortorella was let go as head coach of the New York Rangers, but found a new gig in coaching the Vancouver Canucks. Before that, Vigneault was axed in his leading role in Vancouver...
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June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Alain Vigneault: 2014 Rangers Were Closer To Winning Stanley Cup Than 2011 Canucks

Alain Vigneault has been to two Stanley Cup Final series as an NHL head coach and he’s still looking for his first championship. His most recent defeat came at the helm of the New York Rangers, who were defeated in this year’s Cup Final by the Los Angeles Kings in five games. Despite winning just a single game against the Kings, Vigneault believes his 2014 Rangers squad was closer...
June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Coach Sutter And Coach Vigneault Post-Game

Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider with the full transcript of Darryl Sutter post-game, On an inclination in 2012 that the team would be capable of winning multiple Cups: We did it a different way in ’11-12. That’s something that I don’t think could ever happen again if you go back to that because of winning as a road team all the time. This year was totally different....
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June 14, 2014  |  Discuss

All About Luck And Bouces

from Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star, the first three games, the bounces mattered. Los Angeles had more bounces in Games 1 and 2, and in Game 3 the Kings scored on a deflection off a defenceman’s skate, a deflection off a Ranger leg, and a puck that came back to a stick off a defenceman’s skate. The Rangers kept talking about bounces, luck, hockey gods, and got...
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Vigneault: 'Thank God for soft ice'

After Game 3, New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault was downright glum about his team’s perceived bad “puck luck.” The coin tosses seemed to flip dramatically in favor of his team in Game 4, however, so it’s no surprise that Vigneault was in a good mood on Wednesday night. In assessing the Los Angeles Kings’ two chances in which pucks stopped within a breath of crossing...
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June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

The script reverses completely in a tense Game 4

“Thank god for soft ice,” said Alain Vigneault, with the truest words spoken on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. In this space on Wednesday, I proclaimed that if the Rangers merely kept playing as they had been on Monday in the unjustly lopsided 3-0 beating they took in Game 3, they would win Game 4 and send the Stanley Cup Final back to Los Angeles. The Rangers went...
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June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

The script reverses completely in a tense Game 4

“Thank god for soft ice,” said Alain Vigneault, with the truest words spoken on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. In this space on Wednesday, I proclaimed that if the Rangers merely kept playing as they had been on Monday in the unjustly lopsided 3-0 beating they took in Game 3, they would win Game 4 and send the Stanley Cup Final back to Los Angeles. The Rangers went...
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June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers to Disrupt Kings With A Car Bomb?

With the Rangers staring elimination in the face and desperate for a spark, Alain Vigneault might turn to Dan Carcillo, who is eligible to play tonight after serving a six game suspension for roughing up an official. Pat Leonard at the Daily News reports that the Carcillo most likely will replace Derek Dorsett, who played only three shifts in Game 3 due to a possible injury. After...
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June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Alain Vigneault After The Morning Skate Today

Q.  Is the mood different from yesterday?  The guys seemed a little down yesterday.  You thought they'd be more upbeat today. COACH VIGNEAULT:  Not sure what you guys expected.  But I think our overall mood was the one that was expected and appropriate.  I didn't think anybody would be making cartwheels yesterday. Today we're back at work.  We had a good meeting...
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June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Video- Alain Vigneault After Practice Today

Alain Vigneault spoke with the media today after practice today...  
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June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers Saying Right Things, But Need Miracle For Stanley Cup Final Comeback

The New York Rangers are in real big trouble, and there’s nothing they can do about that until Wednesday night. On Tuesday, though, they were saying all of the right things. The Rangers will look to extend their season on Wednesday when they host the Los Angeles Kings in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. The Kings hold a 3-o series lead after a commanding 3-0 win in Game 3, and...
June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Videos- Alain Vigneault And Darryl Sutter After Game 3

First up is Alain Vigneault...   Followed by Darryl Sutter below... Continue reading "Videos- Alain Vigneault And Darryl Sutter After Game 3"
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June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault calls Game 3 ‘must win’

New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault knows his team must win Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night at Madison Square Garden. “Tomorrow’s as close to a must-(win) game as I think we can have,” Vigneault said Sunday, via The Rangers are down 2-0 in the series. “Until you face elimination, that’s as close as we can...
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June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Monday (6/9/14) Headlines

Bergen Record - Rangers are down, but say they aren’t out Bergen Record - Three keys for the Rangers in Game 3 New York Post - Vigneault: First MSG finals game in 20 seasons a ‘must’ win New York Post - Time for Richards to prove his leadership mettle New York Post - Rangers right back in series with single victory New York Post - Missed shot ‘bothering’ Stralman...
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June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

The 3rd Los Angeles Goal Was The Killer

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, Lundqvist, Marty St. Louis, coach Alain Vigneault said basically the same things: That third goal. That third goal killed the Rangers, and if it didn’t injure their opportunity to tie the series after two games, it played a mitigating factor. The Rangers led 2-0 after the first period, 4-2 after two periods, seemed on their way to...
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June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Video- Alain Vigneault Post-Practice Today

Six minutes of Vigneault...  
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June 06, 2014  |  Discuss
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