New York Rangers at a glance

NEW YORK RANGERS LAST SEASON: 53-22-7, 113 points. Won Presidents' Trophy, Metropolitan Division. Lost to Tampa Bay Lightning in Eastern Conference finals. COACH: Alain Vigneault, 14 NHL seasons, 520-341-35-74. ADDED: RW Emerson Etem, G Antti Raanta, LW Viktor Stalberg, C Jarret Stoll, D Raphael Diaz, C Brian Gibbons, C Jayson Megna, C Matt Linblad, C Luke Adam. LOST: LW Carl Hagelin...
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Why a slow start is possible for the Rangers

The Rangers are likely looking at a slow start this season and anything better than treading water will be a bonus for Alain Vigneault. Fans should not expect miracles to kick off the season for multiple reasons. While Dave has already discussed the Rangers looking at all their line-up options to begin the season, the […]
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Rangers to open season with 14 forwards

Jeff Gorton was interviewed today following practice, and noted that the Rangers have more forward evaluation to perform, and will open the season with 14 forwards. That will include Tanner Glass. What this also means is that the lines we saw today in practice are not the set lines going forward. Alain Vigneault likes to […]
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Understanding Alain Vigneault’s lineup choices this week

When the lineup for last night’s victory against the Flyers was released, there were a few questions regarding the choices Alain Vigneault made. The major questions were regarding the choice to sit both Tanner Glass and Kevin Klein, despite all signs pointing to the duo competing for roster spots. Glass is competing with Jarret Stoll […]
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Lines for tonight’s preseason game against Flyers

Per Andrew Gross, the Rangers are scratching Oscar Lindberg, Tanner Glass, Jayson Megna, Raphael Diaz, and Kevin Klein tonight. The lines for tonight look like Alain Vigneault is doing some of his patented tinkering: Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash J.T. Miller-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello Jesper Fast-Kevin Hayes-Viktor Stalberg Jarret Stoll-Dominic Moore-Emerson Etem Keith...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Will the Rangers really cut Tanner Glass?!

I’ll believe it when I see it. Rumblings and grumblings from New York Rangers training camp suggest that Tanner Glass’ spot with the 2015-2016 Rangers is in jeopardy. Though the reason is logical –  to anyone with a pulse not named Alain Vigneault – it’s hard to imagine the Rangers and Vigneault making a linear continue reading...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

SQ NHL Preview Series: New York Rangers

New York Rangers (Last season: 53-22-7, 1st in Metropolitan; Lost in Eastern Conference Finals)Coach: Alain Vigneault (520-341-35-74; 14th season, 3rd with Rangers)Key Departures: Carl Hagelin, Cam Talbot, Martin St. Louis Key Additions: Emerson Etem, Jarret StollKey Player: Derek Stepan. Every elite team needs an elite center. Can Derek Stepan fill this role for the Rangers...
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Where does Kevin Klein stand now?

Much was made yesterday of Alain Vigneault’s decision to dress defenseman Kevin Klein back-to-back nights this week given the developing competition for the final spots on the blueline in training camp. On the one hand, Klein only dressed Monday because Dan Boyle was a last minute scratch, so perhaps some are reading into it too much. However, there were many […]
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Training camp notes from day two: Pairings, lines, and groups

The second day of training camp is underway, and Alain Vigneault has divided the team into three groups. Each group will partake in their own set of drills, but the construction of each group and line combinations gives us a glimpse into AV’s thought process. Group 1 consists of: Dan Girardi, Dylan McIlrath, Brian Gibbons, […]
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Rangers training camp schedule

Training camp has officially arrived. The Rangers took their physicals yesterday, and Alain Vigneault spoke rather candidly about some players and the team, stating that failure is not an option this year. The players hit the ice this morning, and below is the full training camp schedule. Fri., September 18 On-Ice Testing: 9:00 a.m.; 11:30 […]
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Can the Rangers shed their recent history of slow starts this season?

During the Alain Vigneault era, the Rangers have had a tendency to get off to slow starts to the regular season. In fairness, it really isn’t his fault, per say. For the start of the 2013-2014 season, AV had to completely undo five years of John Tortorella’s collapse and cycle system. The transition to the […]
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

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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August 31, 2015  |  Discuss

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

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

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

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

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

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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