In an interview with Jim Cerny at Blueshirts United, Alain Vigneault says that he is in the final stages of conducting face-to-face interviews with the Rangers players.
Here's Vigneault on what his message will be to the team when he meets with them for the first time...
"Clean slate. Everyone's got a clean slate. Grab it. You can decide what you want written on that slate. It's blank. Now it's up to you to go on the ice and perform."
...i eff'n love that quote!!!! Assuming guys like Richards, Pyatt and Kreider will as well.
Here's the rest of Vigneault's interview...
To watch at Blueshirts United, click here.
...just listening to AV talk about how he and the staff have already planned out the entire training camp, exhibition season and regular season really gives some insight into how thorough this guy is. Between this and the advanced stats that he's known to use, it seems like he's the kind of coach that leaves no stone unturned when preparing for a game. One thing's for sure, these players will have an extensive and detailed game plan going into every contest. Now the issue will be if he can get the team to implement that plan.
Drop the puck! Drop the puck! drop the puck!!!! Hahaha...reminds me of...What's in the box? What's in the box? What's in the box!!!???
Are you saying that we now have a coach that employs strategy? Who understands every team and every situation requires a different solution? Who believes one size does not fit all? Proof is in the pudding of course and players need to execute but this has me very excited.
"Everyone reacts to things differently...differ situations, different tones, different body language...there no one formula for every guy"
Torts problem in a nut shell right there. I think we'll see some real improvement from the guys you mention above.
@jmacwilli Kitten Calendars, Kitten Calendars, Kitten Calendars, Kitten Calendars. You know when it's in you head Repeats itself, Repeats itself, Repeats itself, Repeats itself! Don't freak Out!
@Betweentheworlds What does that mean? We had a coach that employed a good strategy. A strategy that made the team successful and helped some of the players become who they are. I sure look forward to hearing what the fans have to say when Boyle is playing on the 2nd line just like Torts did. I look forward to when the honeymoon is over! I do think the change will end up being a good thing but the fans hatred for some of the things Torts did will find AV does some of those things as well. All coaches juggle line combos among other things.
@Betweentheworlds This interview got me excited for sure.
@Jay Astuto Of course they are going to sign Stepan. These things are all about deadlines. Just like the CBA negotiations and the last possible date a 48 game season was possible. This one has a deadline as well and it's probably the start of training camp on Wednesday. Both sides are waiting for and hoping the other side gives in. Maybe they are still even exchanging offers, looking for a middle ground. A contract will be finalized a day or so before camp starts. I doubt Stepan would want to hold out and create a distraction for his teammates with Stanley Cup aspirations this season. I believe this team is committed to taking the next step after reaching the Conference Finals in 11/12.
@johnnyb3910 Exactly!!! Great synopsis on the novel I just wrote about our former coach above
@Centerman21 @Betweentheworlds Understand Centerman that these are just my opinions and I've had a running debate here with the Torts fans all season on our former coach, not that I expect you or anyone here to have followed my posts or even give a rats ass about what I have to say but once the shit hit the fan our former coach was fired according to the GM and the press for the exact same reasons that I observed and had vented on all season, so I know I am not completely clueless to what goes on beneath the surface of this game. To JT's credit, on paper he is a top coach in this league, and he does have a cup, and took an offensively challenged Rangers team to the EC finals. His work with young players is a plus and I have no problem with how he handled Kreids (who clearly was not NHL caliber yet), nor do I fault him for line changes, albeit at times it was a bit excessive, but this is where my praise and admiration end. Again, just my opinion but this is a 2 dimensional thinker in a 3 dimensional game. There was no concept of the inner game, players psychologies and such. These guys did not know how their coach would react, because he was reactionary rather than pensive. You drop a player in front of the net or stick up for a team mate and get penalized and you might get praise from your coach, or you might get benched depending upon his mood??? So these guys stop defending one another all together, or clearing the net because who wants to get benched?? Some players get scapegoated, others get a free pass? Very bad for team moral. Collapse in front of the net and block shots when you have the best goalie in the league (arguably)? How many goals went in because Henry was screened, or one of our own players deflected it in trying to block the shot rather than clear the crease? I don't consider this good strategy, and it shows no adaptablilty to a changing lineup. His work ethic is great, and he did a great job with the gritty 11/12 Rangers but when he lost some of that grit and gained some talent he did not adjust at all but rather played the exact same way and predictably the team fell flat, and in fact there was little variance in overall strategy and play from one game to the next even though different opponents call for different strategies. This was glaring in the playoffs when he played the physically superior Bruins the exact same way as he played the much softer Caps. Instead of using speed and guile he tried to out muscle a stronger team. This is not hindsight on my part by the way. I saw it right away and there was really no discernible adjustment until game 4, when it was too late. These are just a few of the reasons why I don't beiieve in his coaching style, I could go on but this post is way too long as it is, and it's old arguments I've been posting here all season. I never liked JT from the get go and I'm glad he's gone. Will AV be any better? Maybe, maybe not but what he is saying sure sounds good. In the end it is up to the players to win, not the coach so perhaps some of us are too hard on JT, however, it is his job to get his boys to work for him and not resent him which is exactly what happened in the 2013 campaign. That too is a part of strategy. They came together near the end but from where I sit it was a matter of players pride and not coaching. Just opinions - nobody know who was not in that locker room or on the ice what happened. In the end we're all Rangers fans and opinionated NYers. Either way we needed a change. Lets hope it works out and that our GM can fill the holes we need to be successful LGR
Read your novel and agreed with almost all of it, except that I liked Torts when he came in. I really feel that he was the right guy to follow up Renney as this organization progressed from a country club to a contender. He instilled a real work ethic in our core guys and I don't think that's something we as fans should brush aside. But his methods and approach can't last. He'll never be a coach in one place for more than 3 or 4 years. His act wears thin. He fits a certain mold, he works well with young players who just want to prove they belong and he can squeeze every ounce out of them. But once a team begins to mature, and realize they can make decisions on their own, Torts would bump heads with them. I think a team like we have now, with veterans, core guys, and prospects looking to crack the roster, AVs approach of "there's no one formula" is really going to work well with the blend in our locker room.
@Centerman21 Thank you for your response. Of course I was frustrated by what I was seeing (or wasn't seeing) so I'm sure my perceptions reflect some of that. Good counter points. Lets hope in moving forward that AV can keep the work ethic up that Torts instilled while adding some much needed creativity. Getting psyched...
that was one of the most intelligent assessments of Torts I've seen. I don't agree with all of it but you know what you're talking about. Most fans didnt notice but in the beginning of the 12/13 season JT did recognize the change in personnel on his team and did try to open things up a bit. He drew up a couple brilliant breakout plays designed to beat a trap like the 1-4 the Bruins use. The nice one he made up was used to perfection in the 3rd game of the season on 1/23. The 2nd Boston game where Nash brought the puck up Ice and Richards made a one touch pass allowing Gaborik a breakaway. He scored a nifty goal on one skate almost from the goal line. Gabby had a hat trick that game. That was one thing Torts did. There was a few other things he did to open up the offense but we allowed too many goals. We lost 6-3 and 3-0 to Pittsburg early on. When that wasn't working he had to get this team to the playoffs right? They were a favorite to win the Cup. Can you imagine if we missed the playoffs? So he did what he knows works. He went back to stingy defense and an aggressive Forecheck. Aside from a 3-2 which almost is never used, his 2-1-2 is the most aggressive Forecheck there is. He wanted to create offense from defense. Or without the puck on the Forecheck. AV wants to create chances with the puck. Ex Puck possession. Torts is a brilliant mind. It's up to the players to execute but maybe his tactics in the locker room and during practice ran their course with the players. That I agree on. Tho it may have been Sully that did most of the screaming. I saw Torts change a few things up defensively too. He added an Overload for when the puck is along the boards so teams could not shoot on us as much from the perimeter. He still used a Low Zone when the puck was below the hash marks. So does Dan Bylsma but he goes to a man when the puck is above the hash marks as I thought Torts should do. He did add the Overload I'm sure at Sathers request. Sather didn't like seeing his draft picks blocking shots. At least that's what I heard through Gorton. Like I said Torts did try to open things up offensively but with the short schedule and the expectations this year, there wasn't enough time. In the playoffs I saw the 1st 2 games of the Caps series an under prepared team but they came back and won 4 out of 5. A tough feet in itself. I think Julien exploited our defensive coverages and pinned us in our zone too often and I agree Torts waited too long to adjust his d coverage but the players needed to use Nash better. Torts should have taken advantage of the double and triple coverage in that series. He tried some things in game 4 but it was too late. We also got nothing from our 6 million dollar Center in Richards. The injuries hurt a lot too. That would have been a much different series with Strahlman, Staal, and Clowe who's absence I thought hurt us the most.
@johnnyb3910 Good points