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Vigneault talking positives with struggling Rangers

Dec 12, 2013, 12:54 AM EDT

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Three straight losses. After a difficult start to the season, times haven’t necessarily gotten much better for the New York Rangers, at least in terms of on-ice results.

But head coach Alain Vigneault, in his first season with the Rangers, is taking the positives out of what he’s seen with a group of players he’s still getting familiar with.

“As far as work ethic, practices, off ice work, this group works as hard as any group I have been associated with,” said Vigneault, as per Newsday Long Island.

“It hasn’t translated to what I expect on the ice as far as performance and results, but I believe the work ethic that they’re doing and everything that’s under their control, hopefully the results are going to change in a positive way.”

The Rangers sit fourth in the Metropolitan Division, with a record of 15-16-1. But their 31 points has them ninth in the Eastern Conference, one point back of the Carolina Hurricanes.

Their struggles of late have been highlighted by back-to-back 4-1 losses, first to the Washington Capitals on Sunday and then the Nashville Predators on Tuesday.

They were booed off the ice after losing to Nashville.

Not a good way to start off a nine-game home stand – remember, they had that nine-game road trip to begin the season – that leads them up to Dec. 23.

  1. blomfeld - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    Sure Tucker … and Captain Edward John Smith (RNR) took ‘positives’ from hitting only one iceberg !

  2. muckleflugga - Dec 12, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    blomfeld, you’re in fine form tonight…oh right, the kings won

    if you do one thing in this life, catch a game at madison square garden, uniquely cylindrical and contrary

    it’s a rarity in the nhl, the crowd hates its home team more than the visitor…what a riot, the banter and abuse directed toward players is hilarious

    new york, some kind of city…knocked my socks off first time through

    • blomfeld - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      Flugga – thanks man, as I’ll be sure to do that one day … LOL ! “the crowd hates its home team more than the visitor…what a riot, the banter and abuse directed toward players is hilarious” … hey man, they sound like my kind of people ! … good times ! :)

      ps: here’s a thought though … I hated the Canucks when Vigneault was coaching here in Vancouver … but that’s no longer the case, now that he’s gone and Torts is running the show … in fact I actually ‘respect’ the Canucks now, even though they’re a rival to my beloved Kings ? … go figure eh ? … anyway, I believe that that ‘smarmy’ Vigneault is somehow emitting ‘negative’ energy wherever he goes …

  3. xdj511 - Dec 12, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Ahh the New York Rangers… the hardest working team off the ice… on the ice however…

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