Tag: Alain Vigneault

New York Rangers v Montreal Canadiens - Game One

Rangers’ McDonagh won’t need surgery on broken foot

Following the New York Rangers’ Eastern Conference Final loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning it was revealed that Ryan McDonagh was playing on a broken right foot.

On Tuesday the defenseman updated his status with Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News.

“We contemplated (surgery) and we thought the best route was the bones were lined up enough, they said it was an acceptable alignment, I guess, where they didn’t need to do surgery,” McDonagh said. “So that was a crucial part of these last two weeks to make sure the (bones) stayed forming straight I guess, and I obviously have to continue to be cautious for another week or two and hopefully get going.”

Rangers’ head coach Alain Vigneault said his captain was playing through the injury “for a couple of games” following New York’s Game 7 loss to the Bolts.

The 26-year-old scored three goals and nine points while averaging 23:31 in 19 playoff games.

He missed the first half of the first period in Game 7 waiting for the freezing to “kick in”.

“I think the big issue they were talking about (if I had surgery) was the plates on the foot might be a little bit painful during the season next year being in the skates,” McDonagh said. “You want to avoid surgery at all costs, but that was another issue they were contemplating – yeah, we could get the bone to line up perfectly (with surgery), but then you’re gonna be dealing with pain throughout the season, then after the season have to get them taken out again and rest another three or four weeks after that (second) surgery.”

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2015 Jack Adams Award finalists: Hartley, Laviolette, Vigneault

2014 NHL Awards - Inside

The three finalists for the 2015 Jack Adams Award were announced on Wednesday: Bob Hartley (Calgary Flames), Peter Laviolette (Nashville Predators) and Alain Vigneault (New York Rangers).

The National Hockey League Broadcasters’ Association determines who receives the trophy given to the “NHL coach judged to have contributed the most to his team’s success.” (This post’s main image features last year’s winner Patrick Roy with the trophy.)

There was no shortage of worthy candidates, with some citing Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice (among others) as worthy candidates.

Interestingly, Vigneault is the only coach of the three to ever win the Jack Adams, which he did with the Vancouver Canucks back in 2006-07. Hartley and Laviolette probably get the last laugh in that regard, however, as they both have Stanley Cup victories on their resumes.

Rangers hang on, even series with Caps

Henrik Lundqvist

Entering Saturday’s game between the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers much of the talk centered around the standard of officiating in the playoffs.

Rangers’ coach Alain Vigneault wasn’t happy with how things ended in Game 1 following Nicklas Backstrom’s hit on Dan Boyle. Barry Trotz told reporters on Saturday morning he didn’t feel things changed much in the postseason.

Officiating took a back seat to the goaltending performances by Braden Holtby and Henrik Lundqvist in Game 2.

Lundqvist made 30 saves back-stopping the Rangers to a 3-2 win evening the series at 1-1.

Holtby finished with 32 saves in the loss.

“(Holtby) kept us in the first. We weren’t good, we weren’t winning any races, but he’s grown as a goaltender, and he will continue to grow,” said Trotz.”He’s just entering the prime of his career right now. There’s a lot of good things that he’s learned this year and he will to continue to learn.”

The win snapped a six-game losing streak for the Rangers in Game 2s on home ice dating back to 1996.

Chris Kreider and Boyle gave New York a 2-0 lead after one period.

Boyle’s goal, which came with Joel Ward off for hooking, was the first power play goal allowed by the Capitals in these playoffs.

Evgeny Kuznetsov’s fourth of the playoffs got the Caps on the board in the second period.

Derick Brassard scored the eventual game-winner at 6:07 of the third.

Alex Ovechkin scored in highlight-reel fashion to pull the Caps to within one midway through the third; however, there were no last-second heroics from Washington on Saturday afternoon.

“I thought they had some good looks at the end there. Hank had to come up with a couple big saves,” said Vigneault of the final minutes. “They pulled their goaltender and they were coming at us with everything they’ve got.

“Our guys were working real hard and every time we were real close to getting it out, they were finding a way to pull it back in. It was a tough last couple minutes.”

New York’s last eight playoff wins have all been by one goal.

Game 3 goes Monday night at the Verizon Center in Washington. You can catch the game at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Report: Rangers are shopping Zuccarello

Mats Zuccarello

It appears Mats Zuccarello’s days as a New York Ranger could be numbered.

According to ESPN’s Katie Strang, it is more likely that the forward is dealt than re-signed.

Zuccarello, who is on a one-year $3.5 million contract, is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after this season.

Today’s news comes despite head coach Alain Vigneault hoping his club could retain Zuccarello.

“I believe that Mats is a very good hockey player; I would prefer he stay a New York Ranger,” Vigneault said earlier this month. “I’ve made that very clear to management. I think that this young man has a lot of upside, and I do believe that he can play much better than he has this year.”

The 27-year-old has 12 goals and 23 assists in 58 games while averaging 17:18 in ice time a night.

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Bruins blank Rangers to win fifth straight

Tuukka Rask

Tuukka Rask made 30 saves for his second shutout of the season as the Boston Bruins blanked the New York Rangers 3-0 Thursday night.

With the win, the Bruins extend their win streak to a season-high five games.

Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci and Loui Eriksson provided the offence for the Bruins while defenseman Torey Krug had two assists in the win.

Cam Talbot made 29 saves in the loss.

With the shutout loss the Rangers have been blanked in consecutive games for the first time under Alain Vigneault.

During the first intermission the Bruins announced rookie David Pastrnak would stick with the club and play in his 10th game Saturday burning the first year of his entry-level contract.

In the second period Bruins forward Brad Marchand slew footed Derick Brassard. There was no penalty on the play. However, according to Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe, the league will be reviewing the play.

The league could also look at the dangerous hit by Rangers’ forward Chris Kreider on Carl Soderberg.

Kreider received a boarding minor for the hit. Soderberg remained in the game.

Chris Kelly stepped in to fight Kreider and received two minutes for instigating, five minutes for fighting and a 10 minute misconduct.

The two teams meet again Feb. 4 in New York.