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Video: Rangers’ Vigneault answers for yet another loss

Dec 12, 2013, 11:34 PM EDT

New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault was left to explain, at least from his perspective, yet another loss. They continue to pile up.

This time the Rangers lost to the Columbus Blue Jackets by a final score of 4-2 on Thursday. Their starting goalie, Henrik Lundqvist was pulled and they couldn’t formulate a comeback.

It’s four straight losses for the Rangers. Vigneault didn’t have any ground-breaking ways for his players to snap their funk.

“A practice at a time, a shift at a time. I mean, that’s all you can do, try and control the elements that you can control,” he said, as per a video on the team’s website.

  1. blomfeld - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:53 PM


  2. stakex - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Where is the emotion? Where is the passion? AV sounds like he’s giving a lecture on how grass grows…

    Perhaps its just that I became accustom to Torts, who’s passion is always on display, but the lack of fire from AV is just amazing. With how poor the Rangers have played one would expect him to be screaming or at the very least a little disturbed… but its almost as though he’s going through the motions till the season ends.

    Its only been a little over a third of a season, but I really hope the Rangers fire AV. They have serious roster issues that need to be addressed, and I don’t doubt AV is a good coach with the right team… but its just not working out. The Rangers look lost with his style of play, and there is little sign he is capable of adjusting his style to the type of team the Rangers have right now.

    • barkar942 - Dec 13, 2013 at 1:00 AM

      You are what you are taught.
      Torts taught them how to play with fire and passion.
      AV teaches how to play sleepy dream land hockey and to think they can play man on man defense and run and gun hockey with no guns, let alone no bullets.
      I said from day one that the AV experiment in NY will not last long, and I still believe that. The Sather empire will end soon, too.
      I really wonder which players threw Torts under the bus last year and how badly they regret it now!
      Cally, Girardi and Lundqvist look like mere shadows of what was, and the only two who seem to play their heart out every shift are McDonagh and Zucc!

  3. ethanmacleod1685 - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Fire Sather and bring in some actual good players. This team is full of average, overrated players. I would trade about 4 or 5 players in a heart beat if I was the gm.

  4. 950003cups - Dec 13, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    This ain’t on AV. This is on Sather. He traded away his grit for one overrated, over paid, man named Nash. Then he didn’t keep Prust. Big fail. Sather ruined what was once a conference final team who was in the mix for a presidents cup. Now… It’s just a bad disorganized team.

  5. jaybyrd99 - Dec 13, 2013 at 6:13 AM

    They play as well as my 9 year old on her new flute . The difference – she tries 100%.
    Slats must go !

  6. jimthebear - Dec 13, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    I coulda told you he sucks before you traded places with the Cannucks.. (P.S. Big T sucks too, swapping did neither team any good)

  7. cruuuzcontrol - Dec 13, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    More comments on the false narrative that this is because of a lack of “grit” and that the Rangers really miss Brandon Prust and his injuries and his career 0.24 PPG. This team as currently constructed needs two things: defense and goaltending. They are getting NEITHER right now. Sather and Vigneault made a big mistake thinking they could get offensive production out of this team simply by opening things up. This roster cannot play like that because the offensive talent has been overrated by everyone… From Sather right on down to the fans. It’s not Nash’s fault. He’s a great hockey player, but he’s not Crosby or Ovi. It’s guys like Stepan, Hagelin, Zuccarello… That’s a whole line of disappointment. Now the injuries really hurt because we have to throw a third and fourth line of absolute bums out there every night. Asham, D. Moore, Pyatt, Boyle… YIKES!!!

  8. cruuuzcontrol - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    One more thing… It’s not like these problems can’t be fixed with AV at the helm. Henrik’s goaltending must improve and the defensive mistakes have got to stop. That is not impossible to accomplish.

    • barkar942 - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      I personally feel that they should go back to the zone defensive coverage they were playing last year and there would be massive improvement. There always seems to be one too many blue shirts out of position and they get bit.

  9. xdj511 - Dec 13, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Was out to dinner with my family and got in the car and put the radio on (yes, they actually do still have hockey on the radio) in time to hear the second and third goals scored. All I needed to hear on the second goal was “McIlrath was out of position.” Like the Hives said, I hate to say I told you so. Congrats to D. Moore for scoring. I know he’s a defensive minded guy, so it’s not what we pay him for, but hey, whatever.

    Is it only the Rangers who after a whole lot of talk about how badly they need to turn things around, still come out flat in the next game?

    Sadly, it’s looking like watching this team is going to become like watching this team pre-lockout, when they, you know, stunk, and you watched them because you were a big Rangers fan, and not really expecting anything except for the possibility that they might win that particular game, and not much else.

  10. ndrick731 - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Why don’t they just admit they’re not a good team. Just leave it at that

  11. beezskis - Dec 14, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    NYR fans need to realize that your coach doesn’t need to be a raging lunatic at a press conference for your team to perform. The big problem is at the top, with one f the worst owners in the sport protecting a GM for whom the game has passed by. This team has no fire and marginal talent. They have a goalie who cannot stop the puck now that he can’t wear his gigantic pads and it’s easier to blame the coach than it is to address the real issues.

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