Alain Vigneault has been putting smiles on the faces of Rangers players (except Biron) and fans with the positive vibe he's implemented in camp, but nothing made me happier than hearing him say this yesterday (via Bergen Record)...
“Today was less about system and more getting our guys into a couple of principles that I feel are important. Driving the net. It’s a tough league to score goals. If you want to score goals you’ve got to go to the net and be willing to stop in front of the net and somtimes pay a heavy price to be there. If you notice on a lot of the drills we had a lot of guys driving to the net hard, stopping in front of that net, throwing pucks at the goaltender. A lot of times that little shot in his feet is as good as a direct pass. Those were some of the principles we were trying to instill when you talk about our play with the puck."
...Hallelujah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rangers fans have been screaming for the Rangers to get bodies to the net for years. You'd think the Blueshirts were allergic to the blue paint in the crease they went to the net so infrequently under Torts.
...it's been beyond frustrating over years watching opposing goaltenders gobble pucks up from the point without a single obstacle in their way. Meanwhile, on the other end, Lundqvist is bumped more than a volleyball on Hermosa Beach.
...getting big bodies such as Nash, Boyle and Pyatt to the net should immediately increase scoring. Very excited to hear this.
Speaking of getting Nash to the net, apparently that's going to be Scott Arniel's strategy for the Rangers power play this season...
“We’re going to try to get (Nash) in the best place possible and more than likely that’s somewhere out in front of that net, whether it’s in that high slot or the front of the net area. He’s got one of the best quick releases in the game and he’s a big man and he knows how to protect the puck and keep it away from people."
...putting your best player in a position to succeed? How novel. I wonder if Arniel had to remind Nash where the slot was it's been so long since he's been there.
...just reading these two quotes makes me wonder what the hell Torts was teaching these guys on offense the last five years.
Here's Nash on his excitement level being able to play in a much more up tempo offensive system under AV...
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...while we caught a glimpse of Nash's all world talent last season, I think under AV we're going to be in for some treat this year. I fully expect my jaw to drop at least three times a week. 35 goals for Nash should be a given.
Great stuff, in all fairness (as a Torts critic) JT is a hard nosed guy and I'm sure his strategy was to drive to the net as well. Maybe he lost respect or whatever but the players did not execute under him last year and under a new coach, who's ideas are both basic and amazing, these boys need to execute otherwise its all lip service. I think they'll be psyched and put their best skates forward. LGR
Said it once and ill say it again, the most effective way to score on a PP is off one timers. Then the goalie is sliding and it's either a goal or a rebound. Problem is the RAngers have a ton of passers, but no one with that killer shot.
I don't have any evidence to back it up, but I would bet if you go on the Canucks blogs you would likely find similar comments just in the other direction. Can anyone say honeymoon? I'm excited either way for the season, but I don't look at AV as a savior. He's just another coach that may or may not be the right fit for this team.
What's this novel concept of crashing the net?!? You forget the number 1 job in hockey is blocking shots - don't you dare take a shot (unless your delzaster of course because he couldn't find the net with a trail of breadcrumbs) or you'll get benched!
If anyone's interested in Leslie Treff''s observations of yesterday's practice, he're they are. Some really interesting stuff.
So far, I luv the AV. While Torts stresses the physicality of the game, AV stresses the science and mathamatics of success. I think AV will put his players in the best position to succeed by focusing on their strengths while Torts seemed to focus on his players weaknesses. Both coaches have been eminently successful with their approaches and we'll have to see how it plays out at MSG. We all know it's going to be more fun to watch
I don't remmber Nash having a single tap in or put back goal the entire season. Every goal came from at least 15 feet from the net. When better defenses took his time and space away in the playoffs, he was unproductive. A big guy like that has to fight for his space in front of the net and in the slot. Both AV and Arniel said the same thing about Nash.
Who the hell brought Johnny Buzzkill? LOL! In all seriousness, it sounds more like Rangers fans when Torts was hired.
@shishya100"Zuc accidentally hits Johnson and nearly knocks him over."