Here's video of Alain Vigneault's opening statement during his introductory press conference this morning...
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...i don't know all that much about Vigneault, but he seems like a very intelligent guy who allows his players to play to their strength. Which is always a good thing. Too bad Torts didn't try that more often. Or at all.
Vigneault says he will employ the same zone matching strategy he used in Vancouver and feels the Rangers defensemen have the potential to joining the rush more.
While Vigneault didn't mention names, according to Charles Curtis at NJ.com he wants two experienced assistance, one for the power play, one for the penalty kill, who are "upbeat and positive."
Vigneault says if everything he's heard about Ryan Callahan is true then he'll remain Rangers' captain (via Andrew Gross).
...i will organize a "Fire Vigneault" rally outside of MSG before a game is even played if he strips the "C" from Callahan.
Another interesting quote from Vigneault was that he met with Rangers assistant coach Mike Sullivan yesterday at the the practice facility.
...seriously, what is Sullivan still doing at the practice facility and why is he talking with Vigneault?
Glen Sather also spoke at the press conference stating that he had an original list of 13 candidates, which he narrowed down to nine, then interviewed Mark Messier and Vigneault in person as well as four others over phone.
Sather, who wouldn't discuss the future's of Messier or Brad Richards, did admit that the Rangers were going to begin employing the advance stat tracking which Vigneault is so fond of.
In a candidate moment, Sather says that John Tortorella was "maybe beyond stubborn" when it came to changing the Rangers style.
...if that's the case, he dug his own grave. Can't go against the GM.
Messier was not at the press conference.
...very disappointing that "The Captain" was not in attendance. Wonder if this was first sign of a crack in his relationship with the Rangers after being passed over.
This is what Sather said at the press conference, "As for reports and rumors players complained about Tortorella and led to him being fired -- something Henrik Lundqvist denied earlier this week -- Sather responded, "There hasn't been a player that's...complained to me about Torts. Let's get that on the table. Secondly, you guys all know [Tortorella] is a kind of guy who pushes to win. It doesn't mean [Vigneault] is not going to be that kind of a guy."
Now do all the wise pundits that wrote here and the all-knowing pundits from ESPN, Daily News and The Post that wrote there, about how Torts' lost the room stand up and acknowledge they they got that one wrong?????......I am waiting to see who holds themselves accountable?.....who will man up and woman up, Katie.I am waiting.....I am waiting???
I don't condone the way Torts "engages" with the media but one does not have to look far to understand why he has disdain for "the media." It is filled with people who never competed on an organized team.........never competed on an elite level.......never managed a team in a pressuring situation......never coached and never led a team of any sort. Because they were never accountable in those kind of situations they never learned "the special wisdom" that can only be gleaned from playing in those "arenas."
Reminds me of HR people who have all sorts of views on selling, managing and leading and personnel development but never played in that arena. My suggestion to SOME of you who write about the Rangers but never played in those arenas......watch other games.........listen to other announcers/analysts......ask more questions......see and appreciate "the big picture" of the Rangers and "the big picture" of this great sport...........AND SHOW RESPECT TOWARDS THOSE WHO HAVE RISKED AND EXCELLED!.....you will like yourself more in the morning!
Love that Slats is saying some of the things I've been ranting all season about Torts - oh well, with just a bit of humility and flexibility and he's a great coach. Maybe he'll learn a thing or 2 from this season to take to Vancouver.
If Cally is not wearing the "C" Vign is going to learn the meaning of 2 of our favorite phrases very quick! "New York Justice" and "Gone in a New York Minute"
There's only one thing I ask from Veeno(trying out a nickname)......
Please....protect your skilled players. Play your 4th line and address hits and incidents that need to be addressed.
Your stud player gets rammed face first into the boards....address it immediately. Your young talented goalscorer gets his head nearly taken off at center ice....address it.
For a guy like me... it was torture at times watching my Rangers get bullied and intimidated. Seeing players like Kreider, Nash, Richards and Hags...etc..etc... get run at time and time again....with no response. Hank and Biron getting hit in the crease.....pucks shot at them after the whistle....and nothing done about it. Nothing.
The Rangers physical play was abysmal. They were one of the softest teams in the league..by far. And everyone knew it...and took liberties with our players.
So, welcome to New York Veeno. Looking forward to an uptempo game....but please play that uptempo game with a mean, nasty edge . :)
Zone matching is nothing new to the Rangers. Torts was doing it for years and increased it this year when he got Nash. AV is probably it's biggest proponent but he needs to be open minded and judicious in it's use.
I thought Sather sounded a little more sane with his "Torts' style resulted in the players wearing down" than his odd "Torts is anti-puck possession" bytes. Any way you slice it, I'm sure we are not hearing the truth.
All that's in the past now, though. Vigneault impressed me with his warmth, professionalism and understatedness (read "hockey humility"). I know from my Canucks friends -- and from watching Vancouver a lot over the past few years -- that he knows hockey. Now let's see what he can get done here.
I'm sure its just the hoopla, but I was really impressed and really looking forward to training camp and next season. It's cheesy, but I liked that he referenced "doing it the right way". I think guys like Step and Kreider are really going to shine under AV. It sounds like we'll see a much more standard concept to the lines next year: Top 2 = Skill, 3rd = shutdown, 4th = energy.
I think his professionalism and approachability will be a breath of fresh air. No more "only Richards and Cally have the balls to talk to our coach" crap. I know ts mostly just because he's the anti-Torts, but I like that he talked about calling the players, getting to know them and getting a feel for them.
Messier is an EGO MANIAC.......I would be SHOCKED if he was associated with the Rangers next season.
Callahan wont lose the C, but I have a feeling the A's are going to change. Potential Candidates list: Staal (think he keeps his), Stepan, Mcdonagh, Girardi, and Nash
Perhaps he'll strip the C and give it to Zucc...although it would have to be a lowercase C to fit on his jersey....ay ooooh!
@EHBIGAPPLE how do you know it's not Sather covering for his players? There were a lot of reporters who were hearing the same rumblings.
@McPhee37 draft day is only a few weeks, we can have a reunion then
@GLENsatherVSglennDANZIG dude looks puffy. off the wagon.
@GLENsatherVSglennDANZIG Dolan has a rich and successful DADDY.....end of conversation!
@McPhee37 Maybe we can hire Dan Cloutier as an assistant?
@McPhee37 What about Viggy? or Vigs?
I agree with you about the team needing to get together so other teams don't take liberties. When Nash is having to defend himself 90% of the time, you're asking for trouble.
Would help if the PP was lethal. That also helps cut down opposing teams' abuses. Unfortunately, the PP hasn't been lethal since...I can't remember.
Exactly!!!! But let's go even one step farther! Let's get a team that also goes out every now and then with a mean streak and actually just starts something just to start it!!!! I have waited all my 53 years to see a BlueShirt team like that!
@McPhee37 Hey George, iI'm with you, but don't get your hopes up "Veeno" coached the same kind of team out in B.C..........SOFT EXCEPT FOR KESLER.
This "Veeno" knows what to do . He just doesn't have the meanness, nor the toughness to work with in B. C. or in NY
Remember we are soft because we have soft players. In all aspects of the game we are OUR RECORD!
@McPhee37 He is known to play 4 lines, and is specially known to put his skilled players in a position to succeed. I think the stat was that the Sedin's started 67 percent of their shifts in the O-zone
@scrangersfanlike sabre-metrics but for hockey:
@johnnyb3910 I too have a good first impression of AV. I've been pretty unsure about the firing of Torts but I like what I am hearing. Very interesting to hear the "beyond stubborn" comment from Sather. Clearly Sather wanted Torts to change some things and Torts refused. I think the comments about the wearing out the players with his style were very telling. I'm looking forward to next year and seeing a bit more creative play from the Rangers. It will be very interesting to see what personnel decisions are made. Will they look for grit or skill? Wonder how this year would have gone with AV at the helm - bet Gabby would still be here (though I am excited about the guys we got for him).
Damn..no negative assistants? Well..I'm out of here....
@RangerGuy99 Are we really surprised at Mess' behavior? The guy is a legendary player/leader, but the guy has always had a huge ego (in fairness a component of what made him a great leader and captain) Because of the "guarantee" and because we won a Cup after 54 years with him as the captain, we tend to forget things; him playing a large part of Neilson getting fired, him leaving town for more money with the Canucks (feeling insulted by Smith), Mess wearing 11 in VAN when it was unofficially retired to Wayne Maki.
@RangerGuy99 Yeah, how was he "passed over"? If he was a candidate, it was in name only to appease his ego. Cmon Mess, you're killing me here
@Josh6 Cally keep the C. Would love to see Step and McD take the A's, though if Staal returns, he'll keep the A I think.
If Richie doesn't get bought out, I think stripping him of his A might help him, maybe take some pressure off of him.
@Josh6 My vote goes to Stepan and Staal.
@gravey94 LOL. Gravey that was really funny I'm still laughing while I write this.
Give me a break! Where is the proof?....where are the quotes...where are the emails.....identify who said what.
The internet is a great contribution to world progress, but it allows anyone to say anything about anyone without an oz. of accountability.
Perhaps, It is now apparent why what reporters write can not be submitted as evidence in the court of law.
Did the Canucks senior management read those same reports as you did??.....quick.....quick let them know before they finalize Torts' contract!
Yep. I was just writing something akin to this when you posted. Sather's comments today sounded much saner than those a couple of days ago, with regard for the reasoning by Tortarella's firing. I still don't think we'll ever know the truth.
Bring on Le Vigneault!
@Josh6 Goaleys should be silant leaders. The C should be worn by positional players so they can interact with the refs.