Alain Vigneault met with the media on the official opening of Rangers training camp at the MSG training facility.
And apparently, his first order of the day with his players was this...
"We handed out tee shirts to all of the players that they are wearing today, that say 'Clean Slate: Grab It!"-Alain Vigneault kicks off camp— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) September 11, 2013
This was a quote I posted from Vigneault on Saturday.
...i said I loved the quote on Saturday and I'm a huge fan of AV putting it on a shirt for the team. I think it really rings true with this team. Rumor is that Richards asked for a bulk of these shirts.
To prepare for the upcoming season, AV said he had Scott Arniel watch every Rangers power play from last year. Here's actual video of Arniel doing just that...
...apparently AV whispered "You'll be nice to Derek Brassard" in Arniel's ears during the entire video session. (H/T Lisa Y.)
Meanwhile, Vigneault also touched on Derek Stepan likely not being with the team when they take the ice tomorrow due to his contract dispute (via Newsday)...
"It would be better if he'd be here...It's a little bit within his control, not mine."
AV added that there's no hard feelings and he'll take Stepan with "open arms" when he finally signs.
...hoping that RFA Nazem Kadri's 2-year, $2.9 million per contract he signed with the Leafs yesterday forces Stepan to settle on the bridge deal Sather is currently offering.
In a bit of personnel news, the Rangers have announced that Martin Biron will likely miss the beginning of camp due to personal reasons. He could be back as early as tomorrow.
Because of Biron's absence, the Rangers have signed signed Johan Hedberg, 40, to a professional tryout contract.
...hope everything is ok with Biron and/or his family.
Here's the official training camp roster (via Carp)...
Hmm. Pyatt and Boyle are two of the biggest dudes we have, and yet they rarely through that weight around. This isn't news or anything, but seeing the numbers just reminded me.
Either way, excited for camp. LGR.
You think the "Clean Slate, Grab it" really rubs Torts the wrong way? I mean, yes, any time you get a new boss you have that opportunity. But to make it the motto for training camp, to me, says that in the individual sit down, the majority of players (Not just Richards and Kreider) responded SO POSITIVELY to AVs message that he felt the need to make it the "motto" and put it on a T-Shirt. Just a thought. Reinforces Sather's statements that it wasn't any one player, or any one complaint, but the overall feel of the team and the room at the end of last season.
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We all talk about which players should be much better under AV than under Torts. I wonder if there are any players who are going to be much worse under AV than they were under Torts?
Not sure if it's Step or the agents but they should use Zucc's signing as a statement on what being a team player means. Going for the bridge contract will have huge rewards later on it Step's development continues. He's always been good but last year was really his first season he showed greatness and therefore he needs to show the team a little more before he can realistically expect to get the contract he seeks IMHO. If you're a team player in the cap era you might be thinking who else your team could pick up to improve the team if you go settle on a bridge contract that pays you a little less over the next 1-2 yrs and gives the team a little more cap leeway to work with. . Come on Step. Get it done.
It was the first thing that popped into my head when I read that Arniel had to watch all that power play footage.
@johnnyb3910 It definitely seems like a shot against Torts.
@shoot_the_goalie I think guys like Cally, Girardi and McD who thrived under Torts have the potential to struggle more than others.
One thing I've learned about the NY Jets is you can never put a tally in the W column until they actually win. It's never a given with the Jets.
@KevinDeLury @johnnyb3910 AV doesn't seem like the type who would have taken direction from Sather to do something like that. You have to imagine his one-on-one interviews gave him the same impression as the exit interviews gave Sather, and AV recognized an opportunity to strike a chord with the players and solidify the relationship that much quicker.
@Centerman21 One thing I learned about the NY Jets that they really SUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Let's go Giants!!!
With that being said, this is a hockey blog so let's stick to hockey.
@shoot_the_goalie @GraigGiuliani @KevinDeLury the only players who should fare worse under AV are guys who either respond best to being yelled at on the bench, who rely on wind sprints to stay in shape, or who mentally can't grasp the more advanced concepts that AV may throw at them.
I think it will be the lower tier guys, 4th liners or 3rd pair defensemen, who may struggle. I have no idea what his hockey IQ is like, but I could see a guy like Asham struggling. As he gets older, it was probably nice to only play 3-5 minutes last season. AV is going to play him more, and expect him to "see" the game like everyone else. I agree Dorsett could struggle, too. AV may prefer to play a rookie with a better hockey IQ on the 4th line with Pouliot and Moore than a "bruiser".
@GraigGiuliani @KevinDeLury @shoot_the_goalie In a perfect world, of course. But it's evident in all sports that some players fare better/worse under certain coaches. IMHO, I think Dorsett and Girardi will have a tougher time (though don't think they will play badly). I think Cally & McD will be fine though and may even be better.
Agreed. Lets keep it to hockey. I'm predicting right now the Rangers are in the Finals this season. LGR!!!!