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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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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Penguins Give Their All

Playing far and away their best game in over a month, the Penguins produced 60 minutes of passionate, playoff-style hockey last night at the CONSOL Energy Center. Actually, 63:14 to be exact. Unfortunately, their best wasn’t good enough. Three-plus minutes into overtime Rangers rookie Kevin Hayes poked a loose puck past Marc-Andre Fleury from a goal-mouth scramble to hand New York...
Via PenguinPoop
2 days ago  |  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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10 days ago  |  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...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
13 days ago  |  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
Via NY Rangers Blog
16 days ago  |  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...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
17 days ago  |  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...
Via isportsweb.com
29 days ago  |  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...
Via The Sports Journal
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...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
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...
Via NY Rangers Blog
February 18, 2015  |  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
February 14, 2015  |  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
February 14, 2015  |  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.
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February 11, 2015  |  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
February 11, 2015  |  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
January 30, 2015  |  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...
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January 13, 2015  |  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...
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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.
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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
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