When the walls seemed to be crashing all around the Rangers during their disastrous opening season west coast trip, there remained one constant throughout, Alain Vigneault, who kept the players calm when panic could have easily set in (via Pat Leonard at the Daily News).
"With what we've been through, he handled it professionally, and there was never a moment you felt he wasn't behind us. Individually, he met with a lot of people, with the leadership group. There were some honest talks. We really had to figure out what was going on (in October). We'll keep that in the room, but he put a lot of faith in the leadership group and his staff, individually, in getting people on the same page."
"You like to know where you're at, where you stand. That's a good thing. At the same time, if it's not good enough, (Vigneault) is gonna let you know it."
The players have also been impressed with the amount of one-on-one work, including video sessions during practice & in between periods, from Vigneault, which the Rangers head coach explains the importance of here...
"Coaches, especially my assistant coaches, need to spend a lot of time one-on-one with certain guys going through anywhere from five to 10 shifts. Sorting things out, making sure they understand why they made that read, why it was the right read in another situation, why this is what you need to do. If they do that instinctively, I think they'll visualize it and they'll see it quicker and be able to make the better play on the ice. That's what we'll continue to do, and that's always the way I've done it."
Leonard also adds that while Vigneault does not use advanced statistics, the Rangers have a mobile application on which players can view all of their shifts from every game and then return to coaches with questions.
...listen, this is what you hear from players about their head coach when things are going well. And right now things are going very well for the Rangers. I'm sure the players said similar things about Tortorella back in 2011-12, so I'm not ready to christen AV as the next Emile Francis just yet.
...having said that, I am encouraged with what I'm hearing about the emphasis on one-on-one work AV and the coaching staff is doing with the players. With all the "hands-off approach" talk we've heard about AV, I was worried he might have been isolating himself from his players during the early season struggles. But it sounds like he was very much engaged and remained positive throughout, which must be a welcome change for the Rangers players.
...btw, how awesome does that mobile app for the players sound. Eff'n technology.
So you mean when everyone was complaining and saying he "didn't care"(which is stupid as all hell), what he was actually doing was keeping calm and believing in his team and system? I don't believe it.
This is all good - looking for more passion from our coach but his philosophies appear sound. We've had 4 or 5 good games in a row, though nothing outstanding yet this group is really starting to look like a team.
Hopefully we can stay in the hunt until another team is ready to dump a top sniper near the trade deadline. Then, Sather will finally put Nash on LTI (he ain't coming back people) and round out the offense.
The trial of handing out xanax prior to those games in California didn't exactly work according to plan. Dim lighting and/or candles, fresh baked cookies and cupcakes, and lifetime movies in the locker room only works to a certain extent. We are still waiting to see this come together...
I don't mean to be so overly negative, but the Rangers beat a couple of not-so-good teams. IMO Pittsburgh and Boston will probably shit all over the hopes of the Rangers when the time comes.
Also, I want that app.
Yeah and u can tell thru kreiders play he's not worried about making a mistake and then getting benched then sent down to the minors
well we are playing the Hurricanes backup tonight with Ward out... so i guess that means we make him look like a vezina candidate tonight... ugh
And according to gross it looks like your man rush is in again tonight - hopefully he'll get a few more minutes.
Are you affiliated with the team Eric? Is that how you know so concretely that Nash is through because nobody else does. As long as they are keeping him on active roster while the team remains up against the cap I'm remaining hopeful.
@JMK8363 I did? lol
@Betweentheworlds This platform, by its nature, fosters our opinions. The author of the blog gives his, I give mine, you give yours. If you chose to think I am wrong, that is your right. Personally, I feel it is highly unlikely that Nash will come back. You are more hopeful. Good for you.