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Rangers Pay Tribute To Steven McDonald With “Above & Beyond” Motto In The Playoffs

During the presentation of the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award to Mats Zuccarello before the start of the Rangers final home game this season, New York City Police Officer McDonald, who the award is named after, had a message for Alain Vigneault and his team… “The other night we were reminded what it means to perform above and beyond the call of duty when two of my brother...
Via NY Rangers Blog
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Reflecting On The Coach Trade

Last summer the Vancouver Canucks and New York Rangers effectively traded coaches.  Alain Vigneault left Vancouver to coach the Rangers and John Tortorella left New York to coach the Canucks.  This would be a pretty good opportunity to compare the two coaches with each other's teams.  A season has been played.  The New York Rangers had a solid playoff season.  They posted...
Via Kukla's Korner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Fast Takes Maintenance Morning, But Will Play; Mason Questionable for Game 2

There was some confusion at practice this morning as Jesper Fast joined Chris Kreider as the only two Rangers not on the ice for this morning’s practice. However, Alain Vigneault said that the Swedish rookie was just given a “maintenance morning” and will be in the lineup tonight. …i’ve been watching hockey basically my entire life and I’ve never heard of someone taking...
Via NY Rangers Blog
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Radio: Vigneault Says Team Won’t Change How They Play in Postseason

Yesterday, Alain Vigneault was a guest on the Michael Kay Radio Show (ESPN Radio) and discussed his team’s game plan for the playoffs… http://nyrangersblog.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/48/2014/04/kay_2014-04-16-162436-7744-0-1-0.48b.mp3 …not that I thought the Rangers would, but it’s great to hear Vigneault confirm that his team will continue with the same game plan that...
Via NY Rangers Blog
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Brassard Leaves Practice Early, But 100%; Mason Out for Game 1

A bit of a scare at practice this afternoon, as for the second straight day Derrick Brassard (back) headed to the locker room before the end of practice. Fortunately, after his departure, Brassard said he’s 100% and ready to go tomorrow night. The center iceman added that it was Alain Vigneault’s decision to be cautious and finish practice early. JT Miller took his place in...
Via NY Rangers Blog
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Vigneault Explains Miller “Commitment” Comment

After yesterday’s practice, Alain Vigneault mentioned that one of the reasons the Rangers recalled JT Miller is that he has the potential and skill set to be able to fill-in if someone in the lineup goes down. In response to that comment, Vigneault was pressed on his past remarks questioning Miller’s commitment… “I would say those comments might have been interpreted by you...
Via NY Rangers Blog
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Ranking the NHL playoff goaltenders

Goaltending is everything in the NHL playoffs. A brilliant netminder is the competitive equivalent of five shutdown starting pitchers in baseball. A hot performer at this position can become the great equalizer. He can steal games, turn series and carry a lesser team to the Stanley Cup.  "When you get the goaltending, it rubs off on the rest of your game, whether it's your...
Via Fox - The Hockey Guy
2 days ago  |  Discuss

If Rangers Attempt to Match Flyers Physically, They Will Lose Series

There’s no secret to the Flyers game plan going into the series. Hit the Rangers every opportunity they get. And when they’re done, hit them some more (via Bergen Record)… “We will go over the game plan the next two days. But it’s a playoff game. You go hit and skate and play physical on the other team and I am sure that is what we will do,” Jacub Voracek said. And the...
Via NY Rangers Blog
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Vigneault backs off JT Miller comments

New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault may not have meant for his comments regarding JT Miller to be “pointy”, but they sure sounded like it at the time. Yesterday, Vigneault clarified his previous comments. Via Katie Strang: “I would say those comments might have been interpreted by you as pointed. I would say to you that 95 percent of young players have to figure it...
Via Save By Richter
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Brassard Leaves Rangers Practice Early, While Mason Does Same For Flyers

First Rangers postseason practice and we’re already getting some bad news as Derrick Brassard had to leave practice early with a back injury. After practice, Alain Vigneault said he expects him to be ready for Game 1 on Thursday night. In Brassard’s absence, the recently recalled JT Miller took his place on the second power play. …while this doesn’t sound alarming initially...
Via NY Rangers Blog
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers Recall JT Miller

The New York Rangers have recalled JT Miller today, just ahead of the first round playoff matchup with the Philadelphia Flyers. The Wolf Pack’s season is practically over and I would expect an influx of ‘black aces’ in the near future. Miller was scolded in the media by Alain Vigneault on April 2nd, following his demotion to Hartford. Jesper Fast has fit nicely in his brief...
Via Save By Richter
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers Recall Miller for Playoffs

OFFICIAL NEWS: #NYR have recalled forward J.T. Miller from @WolfPackAHL. — New York Rangers (@NYRangers) April 14, 2014 Since being assigned to Hartford on April 2nd, Miller has 3g, 3a in six games, but is also a -3. Alain Vigneault has recently been very critical of Miller stating the rookie needs to figure it out and show more commitment on and off the ice. …have to hope Vigneault’s...
Via NY Rangers Blog
4 days ago  |  Discuss

McDonagh’s Returning ; Which Defenseman Sits?

The Rangers’ borderline Norris-caliber defenseman Ryan McDonagh is returning to the lineup just in time for the start of the NHL playoffs. That’s good. The Rangers have seven defensemen on the roster who have justified, by some measure, a spot in the Game One lineup on Thursday. That’s also good. Unfortunately, Alain Vigneault can only dress six defensemen, and thus he has...
Via NY Rangers Blog
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Did Vigneault Endorse McDonagh For Captain?

The feeling around Rangers Nation is that Ryan McDonagh should be the next Rangers captain. And from the sound of things, Alain Vigneault likely agrees… “He can only get better as a leader on our team, assuming more responsibilities. He’s a great person. He’s got a real even keel to how he goes about himself. I think he’s going to become a real big part of our foundation...
Via NY Rangers Blog
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers could rest Lundqvist with home ice locked up

By the Rangers locking up home-ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs with Thursday night’s 2-1 squeaker of a win over the Sabres at the Garden, their lineup for Saturday’s regular-season finale in Montreal is up in the air. First on their possible rest list would be goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who has a sordid track record in the Bell Center and has started five games...
Via Pro Sports Daily
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers nip Sabres, gain home ice for 1st round of playoffs

So the Rangers have wrapped up home-ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs, everyone in the locker room was speaking of confidence as if it abounds, and, boy, isn’t life jolly? The reality is that Thursday night at the Garden should have been a wake-up call, a 2-1 win over the league-worst Sabres that was less than two minutes from being an utter embarrassment. With...
Via Pro Sports Daily
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Vigneault still mum on injured McDonagh

Ryan McDonagh, the Rangers’ No. 1 defenseman, continued his climb back toward the lineup on Wednesday, practicing with the team while wearing a non-contact yellow jersey. McDonagh will miss his fourth straight game on Thursday when the Blueshirts host the last-overall Sabres, as he is still recovering from the left-shoulder injury suffered April 1 in Vancouver. Coach Alain Vigneault...
Via Pro Sports Daily
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Vancouver Canucks fire president and GM Mike Gillis

   The Vancouver Canucks announced on April 8 that president and general manager Mike Gillis was relieved of his duties. The NHL club made the decision to fire Gillis just a day after officially being eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoff race. Gillis had been with the team since April of 2008 when he was hired as their general manager. He was named their president a year later...
Via Hockey Fan Land
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Canucks sever ties with GM Gillis

The Vancouver Canucks have cut ties with General Manager and President Mike Gillis, who had been the team’s GM since 2008 (courtesy of The Vancouver Sun) With the 2013-2014 season coming to a close, so ends the tenure of Mike Gillis as president and  general manager of the Vancouver Canucks. The moves comes not even 24 hours after the team suffered a 3-0 loss to the Anaheim Ducks...
Via Around The Rink
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Injury notes: Kreider, McDonagh skating

Per Andrew Gross, both Ryan McDonagh and Chris Kreider were skating today at the Rangers optional skate. Neither did intensive work, with McDonagh doing some light skating and Kreider gripping his stick with one hand, but it’s a good sign to see them skating. Alain Vigneault did not give a timetable for either’s return, but […]
Via Blue Seat Blogs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

New Lines; McDonagh Coming Along; Kreider Does Off Ice Workout

Armed with a brand new toy (aka Jesper Fast), Alain Vigneault tinkered with the forward lines at practice this morning… Nash-Stepan-St. Louis Pouliot-Brassard-Zuccarello Hagelin-Richards-Fast Boyle-Moore-Dorsett AV said he has yet to decided if this will be his lineup tomorrow night against the Hurricanes. …there’s no trio going better on the Rangers than the Brassard line...
Via NY Rangers Blog
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Debunking the “Vigneault doesn’t play the kids” myth

When Alain Vigneault had some choice comments for J.T. Miller following his demotion back to the AHL, after being given a golden opportunity to take a critical role for the Rangers, many fans called for AV’s head. The arguments thrown out had nothing to do with his successes as the coach this year, but that […]
Via Blue Seat Blogs
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers recall Jesper Fast

The Rangers have recalled Jesper Fast from the Wolfpack. I guess Alain Vigneault figured out that playing Brian Boyle, Dominic Moore, and Dan Carcillo in the top six wasn’t the best idea? I would hope that Fast is given top six minutes at the start and not expected to play out of role on the fourth line. Fast is pretty fast and has played very well for the ‘Pack this season...
Via Save By Richter
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Vigneault shuffles Rangers’ defensemen

It will continue to be replacement by committee for the Rangers as they try to fill the irreplaceable void left by the injury to Ryan McDonagh. The Rangers best skater and stalwart defenseman missed his second straight game in Saturday night’s 3-2 loss to the Senators at the Garden, with coach Alain Vigneault calling him “day-to-day” with his left-shoulder injury sustained...
Via Pro Sports Daily
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Lineup notes: Boyle with Richards and St. Louis

Per Andrew Gross, coach Alain Vigneault has switched up the lines a bit headed into a potential clincher against Ottawa: Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash Brian Boyle-Brad Richards-Martin St. Louis Benoit Pouliot-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello Dan Carcillo-Dominic Moore-Derek Dorsett Ryan McDonagh is also out tonight, so the defensive pairings will remain the same.
Via Blue Seat Blogs
13 days ago  |  Discuss

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