For a guy who was supposed to come in and more or less be a players coach, Alain Vigneault has definitely made some waves his first few months as Rangers head coach, as a day after sitting his star goaltender for the second straight game, he called out the Rangers core group of players (via Bergen Record)...
"If we are going to get some traction and get past that .500 level, we need our top players to consistently play like top players," said Vigneault. "Not a period in, a period out. Not a game in, a game out. We need that core group, the leaders of this group, to perform accordingly.
"We have not done that on a consistent basis," Vigneault added. "Just look at our lineup, look at our core group and look at our key guys. There’s the answer."
Watch Vigneault's full comments here.
...how ironic is it that disrespecting players in the media was one of the biggest gripes against Torts (see Hagelin stinks on the power play), meanwhile, his replacement has called out Lundqvist, Pouliot and now the core of the Rangers publicly in his first three months on the job.
...having said that, I do like that AV is holding these guys accountable. One of my main complains regarding AV has been his benign coaching style, which seems to be rubbing off on the players in the form of uninspired play. Would like to see a little more passion from the head guy.
...you can tell that Vigneault is getting frustrated with his team's offensive shortcomings. Sorry Alain, there's no Sedin twins or Keslers in this group. I'm becoming increasingly concerned that AV is coming to the same realization that Torts did - this team doesn't have the personnel to win using his offensive scheme.
...something I also realized the last two days is that Vigneault seems to be getting a little short with the media. After being bombarded with Lundqvist questions on Monday, he asked if the media thought he was a rookie coach. Also, AV's answers to the last two questions of his post game presser later that night sounded very Torts-like...
torts was a lightning rod of controversy,lol,but I miss him..but,if you read the article its not really this big thing,i think that reporters the ahole.
Vigneault must be wondering what in the hell he got himself into. He must be secretly cursing Sather under his breath, or venting to his wife about him.
every team that is successful the big names always come to play….stamkos, crosby, kane toews, sedins, sequin, and the list goes on and on of top players on teams that produce on a consistent basis….thats what this rangers team has been lacking
not really calling them out,the interviewer asked a question,and the coach responded"we need more from our top guys consistently",honest answer.i don't see a prob with that. that's a writer spinning a story,thats all.
Good coach doesn't use the media to call out his players Dave. Does it privately like a man. Sounds like the coach is the 10 year old school girl. Sheesh.... He just got here!
Good to get some emotion out of this coach. He needs to demand consistent effort and this doesn't even come close to a Torts style rant. No we're not offensive juggernauts like Van. But we're not too inept in that dept. to succeed in his system either. At the beginning of the year I posted that he'd need to adjust his system, or tweak it a bit (as any good coach would) to fit this NYR roster, but not change it. I'm not crazy about AV yet but I don't blame him. Hockey is super demanding and when your GM, who was a pretty tough player builds an out of balance roster when it comes to toughness (too many pansies, no poison ivy) or lack there of it becomes more draining for the skill guys on a game to game basis who are dragging defenders and taking liberties against.
The Rangers aren't as inept as they've been playing.
The Boston and Winnipeg games were absolute jokes. Totally gave up 20 minutes in. They deserve a verbal lashing and more.
The response to the media is interesting, to say the least. Similar to Torts? Hmmm … the common denominator is the media and their questions. Maybe too many dumb and repetitious questions will get to any coach?
Contract year for plenty of players, they should be trying to earn raises, not making the coach call em out
I am sure that what AV is saying to the media is not coming to a surprise to the guys in the locker room. I am sure he is communicating all of this to them. He is also not calling out individuals like Haglin, but the group.
are they hockey players or 10 year old girl scouts? if youre not doing a good job,you SHOULD get called out to point out the problem(s) and work on them.and if its public,so what ? get over it,or else well have a bunch of baseball players .
I just see AV being upfront and honest. Folks watching this team see the same thing. They are inconsistent from period to period. Key players show up and then leave. He is not dissing the players just providing an honest assessment of what it will take to win on a consistent basis. If the head coach was not being honest about his team I'm sure the media would be criticizing him for it and they would be offering the same assessment of the team.
its not like he told his players to "shut the fuck up". Calling out is one thing, embarrassing them is something else
I don't see this as disrespecting the players in the media at all. He is stating simple facts about what it takes for a team to win consistently, especially when you don't have a deep lineup.
I'm growing increasingly concerned about the needs of this group. Every team has shortcomings, but ours seem to be deadly right now. We need a goon, and one more elite scorer, but the other elite scorer wouldn't be as necessary if the "core group" started contributing again
Vigneault is right theyre way to inconsistent. Callahan Richards and Hagelin (Nash) need to start putting the puck in the net
I think Alain is trying to find his landing spot as well. I think he is in adjustment mode too. He is figuring out what works with this group and what doesn't and that does take time. I always thought good leaders adapt, and can cater their style per person they are leading. Not everyone can be led the same way. With that said, I think it would be wise for AV not to do things publicly.....as I know that would not motivate in any way, shape or form.