Yesterday, Alain Vigneault made his way around the New York sports radio circuit.
Mike Francesa (WFAN):
Listen at WFAN here.
...whoa, whoa, whoa. Did Vigneault say the Rangers were going to play "the right way" this year? Is he allowed to say that? I thought Torts had that phrase copyrighted.
...to me the biggest piece of news out of this interview is that Vigneault says that he wants to play Lundqvist 60 games. That means Biron is going to get over 20 starts. Big fan of cutting down on Lundqvist's workload to keep him fresh for, God willing, the postseason. Hope Biron is ready, because that's a big chunk of the season.
Michael Kay (ESPN Radio)...
Listen at ESPN Radio here.
...you think Vigneault is sick of answering questions about a power play he's never coached during a regular season game?
...interesting to hear Vigneault say it wasn't a hard decision to send Kreider down to Hartford. Ouch!
Vigneault also held a post practice presser, which you can watch here...
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...why does Vigneault always have sucking candy in his mouth during interviews? Sort of annoying.
I like sending Kreider down and giving him a lot of minutes and hopefully letting him play in all situations. Plus, hopefully this lights the fire a little more if Chris thought he was staying. It can't hurt. Last year with Torts Kreider was moving back and forth every week. The kid seems to have the demeanor to handle it and I don't think it "damaged" him, but it's got to be more productive to get some work done in one place. So a good stretch in Hartford can only be beneficial. I want to see Kreider start to resemble the kind of player fans believe he can be. So far he's really not shown it. We'll see how this squad does and I'm sure Kreider will get a call-up later this season.
I'm fine with AV telling it like it is about Kreider. I know he's a good guy but there still better be some accountability.
Strang at ESPN just posted about Torts' one big regret - his relationship with Richards falling apart.
And I don't buy that Torts would have been fine with players coming up to him and telling him to "back off" unless it was the team as a whole. One or two players do that, and he would have benched them for being whiners.
I wasn't killing AV for sending Kreider down, but I would have thought it was a tough decision. Nothing wrong with him getting third line minutes.
@TheNYRBlog Don't make something out of nothing. He is a top 9 player. There was no room. Easy decision to let him play top line in Hartford
Maybe he's just not ready and that's it. Everyone expects so much of him based on the 2012 playoffs and maybe he's just not that refined and was playing out of his mind. HE had that adrenaline of being thrust in right out of college and did well...now let him become an NHL player.
Sorry for going off topic but felt the need to after the Parros incident lady night. I missed this last week but felt it touched a little bit on why I'm fine that the Rangers aren't carrying a true "enforcer" on the roster this season:http://blogs.thescore.com/nhl/2013/09/26/fighting-in-hockey/Thoughts? I'm sure McPhee will want to weigh in here :)
Sorry for going off topic, but in light of the Parros injury lady night I can't help it:
I missed this last week but think it touched on why I don't think it's a bad thing the Rangers aren't carrying a true "enforcer" this season.
Thoughts? I'm sure McPhee will want to weigh in on this one :)
obviously something is up with him if TWO coaches did this. Unless we think its a conspiracy to hold Kreider back?
@TheNYRBlog once he's more consistent it'll be all good. but he's shown nothing...
Tomorrow night can't come soon enough. Need to stay optimistic and really take in what Alain said - this team is a work in progress with a lot to learn after having such a different style from last year. Just hope they can put it together quickly and not suffer any damage early in the season.
Heard Boyle this morning on B&C say that he has all the tools, all the desire....really didn't say Kreider did anything wrong..still shaking my head over this decision
@TheNYRBlog Haven't seen any pre-season games, but my understanding is that Kreider has not been good enough. Then it is easy decision imo
Think it was easy for him to send Kreider down because he realizes he is top 6 talent, and not giving him that time would hurt his development. It is fair that he couldn't put him in the top 6, but he may be back soon if Richards doesn't step up.
As for AV answering questions about the PP.... If it doesn't work when the games matter he will be hearing it a lot more (should take notes from the caps... They had 3 last night). It could take us a month to get 3 pp goals knowing us haha.
@TheNYRBlog I think that was because Mashinter offered to carpool with Kreider and was also willing to give him a place to sleep.
@KevinDeLury totally agree. No logic, so we keep Pyatt because why?
@adrec88 No room for your best prospect?!?!?!
@DPSnotty I can easily live without hockey fights. I tend to fast forward through them on the DVR. If I want to see fighting I'll watch UFC. Actually I love UFC - they are trained fighters and know how to fight. It is an art. Fighting on skates is just silly. Sure there is some skill to it but for the most part it is a matter of bloodying up knuckles on a helmet. I loved the movie Goon as much as the next guy but that was the past. I would totally support a game misconduct for instigation of a fight and making it mandatory to pick an instigator (even if it is wrong half the time). Fines would be good as well. I want to watch hockey players when I turn on an NHL game. I'll watch UFC when I want to watch fighters.
@DPSnotty Hey, I love seeing a good fight, especially one where someone is a clear winner. But in all honesty, fighting or even tough guys in general are not a deterrent in the least. A lethal PP is a much bigger deterrent to someone taking liberties than fighting is. Maybe back in the day it was more of a deterrent because the tough guys back then were just insane and could very will kill you as much as fight you. Nowadays they fight, knock the guy down, and it's over. Would Joey Kocur knocking out Milan Lucic for hitting Rick Nash deter him from hitting him again...i seriously doubt it. I don't know that I'm necessarily for a ban on fighting, but getting thrown out of the game for fighting might be worth looking at.
I don't agree with this bu I could see where he would think he's going to give Pyatt one last chance to prove he can compete. he reportedly likes him and has a relationship with him, but personally I would think its time to let that lumbering oaf gigue things out in the AHL or with another organization.
The playoff run two years ago camouflaged kreiders weaknesses which are glaring. I wouldn't even say he's our top prospect anymore. Lindbergh is at this point. I'm more looking forward to hrivik and Lindbergh playing than Kreider. His hockey iq is minimal at best.
@TheNYRBlog Potential is obviously there. Still going to take developing. Some players come along faster than others like Stepan.
@TheNYRBlog Rangers said he was a project when they drafted him. Had raw talent. Playoff performance raised fan expectations too high.
@TheNYRBlog @adrec88 Kreider didn't play like the best prospect. I thought Hrivik looked way better than Kreider did and was surprised that Hrivik didn't get to stay. Kreider came in with a TON of hype, but despite flashes of brilliance, he hasn't shown me on a consistent basis that he deserves a spot on the varsity team. For every nice goal, there's at least 2 bad giveaways or weak defensive plays. I don't understand why people have such a hard time with Kreider working on his game in CT. It sure didn't hurt Girardi or Callahan. If he plays well, he'll get the call up. If he doesn't play well in the AHL, he doesn't deserve to play in the NHL. He's not entitled to a spot on the team just because he was great in college.
@adrec88 I really don't have problem with AV sending him down, but just surprised he said it was an easy decision.
@TheNYRBlog remember callahan went up and dwn a few times before he stuck and he played juniors not ncaa
@greggray24 @queensbee @adrec88 Kreider was being hyped on the basis of his college play before he'd even stepped on the ice at MSG. How many other Rangers had their jersey for sale at the Garden before he'd even played 1 professional game? You can't even find a Girardi jersey at the Garden, but they had Kreider's on sale before he'd left Boston, and people were buying them! I'm sorry, but that's messed up.