Alain Vigneault off-day quotes


Um, is this series finally going to resume? Is this the NBA?

I missed Game 1 and I’m probably going to miss Game 2.

Here are some transcripts from the off-day, courtesy of the NHL:

THE MODERATOR:  Questions for Coach Vigneault.

Q.  Any sort of update on Manny?
COACH VIGNEAULT:  Manny is day to day (laughter).

Q.  How did he look to you today?
COACH VIGNEAULT:  Skated well.

Q.  There was a little bit of confusion.  Last weekend you said he was cleared to play.  On Tuesday Mike said he wasn’t cleared to play.
COACH VIGNEAULT:  No, nobody said that.  He’s cleared for physical contact, which is cleared to play.  We said, I said at that time, he was day to day.  He was monitored every day.
Nothing has changed.

Q.  I don’t want to ask you about Dan Hamhuis.  I might know the answer.

Q.  Should he not be available for Game 2, have you decided yet on who you would use to fill the void?
COACH VIGNEAULT:  You wouldn’t know even if I had decided, I’d say Dan wouldn’t be playing, I wouldn’t tell you.
Dan is still day to day.  We’ll figure things out tomorrow.

Q.  Can you just describe your third line.  Kind of an interesting cast of characters.  Raffi was hoping to get a chance, Maxim has been around a little bit.  Can you describe the three different guys coming together and working as one.
COACH VIGNEAULT:  Yeah, obviously to get to where we are right now, you need contributions from your whole group.  And it took us a while to get some chemistry within that line, for whatever reason.  We had a few players audition when Manny went down for that third-line center spot.  Nobody really seemed to grab it until somewhere in the playoffs Max grabbed that opportunity.
I think the reason they’ve been effective is they’re all three emotional players that play with an edge, that skate real well.  Right now they’re playing high-percentage hockey.  Getting pucks behind their D.  They’re playing the body when the opportunity is there.  They’ve been real smart and effective about it.  It’s been a good line for us.

Q.  I know coaches always say ‘every game is important.’  How pivotal is tomorrow night’s game, a chance to go up 2-0?  How does this one rate?
COACH VIGNEAULT:  I think for both teams obviously it’s a very important game.  For them, without a doubt, they’re thinking about coming in here and getting at least a split.  We’re thinking about keeping home-ice advantage.
But at the end of the day, we haven’t approached our games that way.  I’ve said this a thousand times:  we’re playing every game, we’re getting ready for every game one at a time.  We put a plan out for the players.  We expect them to go out and execute.  After we’ve played that game, we analyze it, make the adjustments we need, and move on.
I thought the first game was a very good game as far as us getting better in the game.  We had our best period in the third.  We had been off for eight days.  I thought in the third period we were playing faster.  We showed more speed on the ice.
I expect that to continue here in Game 2.

Q.  I noticed you had Andrew Alberts skating along Christian Ehrhoff.
COACH VIGNEAULT:  Dan is day to day.  Don’t put anything in the lines or the D pairs you saw today.

Q.  Can I ask you about Andrew Alberts?  What would you expect from him?
COACH VIGNEAULT:  I’d expect him to play well.  He’s a big body.  He’s a physical presence.  Every time we’ve used Andrew, he’s played extremely well for us and hard.
Whether he’s in the lineup or not, he’ll do a good job.

Q.  Alain, can you talk a bit about your decision to have your team stay at a hotel on game day, where that idea came from?

Q.  Who made that decision?
COACH VIGNEAULT:  Internal team decision, so… We take care of that stuff.

Q.  What do you like about Aaron Rome’s game right now?
COACH VIGNEAULT:  Aaron, he’s been one of our most consistent D’s as far as his defensive reads, moving the puck.  Real high-percentage, plays within his limits.  He’s a good physical presence out there.  When the opportunity is there to play the man, he does.  We’re really happy with how he’s played.

Q.  Three shutouts for Luongo in Game 1.  How much has he set the tone in the series when he’s having these kinds of games in Game 1?
COACH VIGNEAULT:  You need great goaltending.  You need great goaltending to be where we are right now.  Obviously Roberto has given us that.  I feel right now he’s playing some of his best hockey, I’ve been here five years, that I’ve seen him play.  We obviously need that at this time of the year.

Q.  Any reason for Cody Hodgson’s absence today?
COACH VIGNEAULT:  Just numbers.  He’ll be back with the group here.  It would have been too many numbers.  Those guys get a better skate.  Our players get a better skate and those guys get a better skate when the numbers make more sense.

Q.  As we keep digging for answers on the defense, what do you like about the Ballard/Tanev pair?  What do you like about those two together?
COACH VIGNEAULT:  Those two guys, when we’ve used them, have been dependable and solid both offensively and defensively.  I think Keith has played his best hockey this year when he has played with Chris Tanev.  I think they both read off one another real well.  Their outlet passes and their north/south plays are consistent.  Defensively when the other team has been in our zone, we haven’t spent a lot of time because they’ve been able to read off one another and get the puck out quickly.
It’s been a real good pair for us.

Q.  What specifically have you liked about Victor Oreskovich that allowed him to remain in the lineup?
COACH VIGNEAULT:  Our fourth line hadn’t played very much in the round against San Jose and in the first game.  In the first game, I think it’s mostly due to we had been off for eight days.  I knew our guys were real fresh.  I just played them.  The fact that we had three other days in between that first game enabled me to play them a lot.
I think as we move forward here, we’re probably going to play a little bit more four lines, maybe not to the extreme we did during the regular season, but I would like to get that line out there a little bit more.
What he brings is the speed element.  He’s a natural right winger.  He’s got size.  I think in the Chicago series, you saw Victor probably playing at his best when he got pucks behind their D’s, played a real physical game.  Made it real hard on the other team’s D.  That’s what we expect him to do here.

Q.  A lot was made of the maturation process of some of your forwards, like Alexandre Burrows, Ryan Kesler.  With a guy like Kevin Bieksa, did you have to get him to sort of play with a little less emotional volatility?  If that’s the case, how has that worked out for you?
COACH VIGNEAULT:  The only thing we did with Kevin, it was a combination of Rick Bowness and myself, just getting him to maybe not chase the game.  His intentions are so good, so competitive, sometimes he wants to get a little ahead of himself.  For whatever reason, sometimes as a player, when you try to do a little bit too much, instead of it turning out well, sometimes it turns out the other way.
All year long he hasn’t chased the game.  He’s read the game both offensively and defensively.  With his competitive nature, obviously you see what the end results are.  I mean, he’s been one of the best defensemen throughout the playoffs and in the regular season.

Q.  Obviously you’re hoping not to see him in this series.  Can you talk about Schneider’s maturation over the over the course of the season and what you’ve seen out of Eddy Lack?
COACH VIGNEAULT:  Schneids, our plan this year coming forward was to give him somewhere between 20 and 25 games.  That was part of what we felt we needed to improve, was give Luongo a little less number of games so at this time of the year he’d be 100%.  We knew we had a very good goaltender in Schneids.  But he played I don’t want to say beyond our expectations.  But obviously the way he played and his record, you know, every time we put him in, we knew we had a chance to win.
That trio there with Eddie Lack has really come together.  We have a great prospect there in Eddie and we have a very good goaltender in Schneids, a great goaltender in Luongo.

Q.  If Manny does draw in, does he take that role, however many minutes, or would you use him in additional faceoffs and penalty kill or anything like that?
COACH VIGNEAULT:  If Manny does play, obviously he’s one of the best faceoff guys in the league, so he would be used a little bit more in our end without a doubt.

Q.  Bruins had 13 shots in Game 1 but no goals.  Are you satisfied with the job you did against them?
COACH VIGNEAULT:  I thought their top line played really well.  They got some quality chances five-on-five, and they got some chances on their power-play.
I mean, they’re a great hockey line.  For us to expect that we can totally shut them down is not realistic.  They’re going to get some chances.  We hope they’re in the area where the goaltender has a better chance of saving that puck.
That team has got some great tools and weapons.  It was a hard-fought game, and I expect the same thing in Game 2.

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  1. Off topic but my wife just got us a new golden retriever puppy (male)… Anyone have any ranger related names?

  2. What’s the big deal with the injuries and who is going to play and who isn’t? Do the coaches think that the game will hinge on whether the Bruins know that Manny is going to play or he isn’t? If Hamhuis plays and the Bruins don’t know about it, is that a secret weapon that makes a big difference in how the Bruins play.

    All of this hush-hush on who is going to play and who is being paired with who seems just silly.


    Dog names ? how about onecup?

    Speaking of dogs.. its not a surprise that Dolan keeps screwing up the knicks and rangers.
    He cans the knicks Gm and keeps sather who has done absolutely zilch.Donnie walsh got enough cap space for the knicks to get two stars that they wanted. all sather has done is mired the rangers into mediocrity..

    other good dog names sather , dolan, but thats an insult to your puppy.

  4. Congratulations to Li Na for winning the French Open. Don’t know if any of you Boneheads are tennis fans.

  5. In some Asian countries (PRC being one of them), the surname comes before the given name. If she were from America, Orr, it would be Na Li. So either one is correct.

  6. I think “Dru” would make a great dog’s name! Your dog will always be a great leader with that name!

  7. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The proud winner of 3 Latona lunch points!!) on

    Morning ILB and all!

    If the dog was a girl, Rozy would be perfect. If he was smaller and mean verbeek would be great. Is he an orangish tint? prospal or vinny…

  8. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    Women’s tennis fan? Well, Steffi Graff and Gabriella Sabatini can hang out at my house any time.

  9. *Artie* is a great name for relatively big and creative dog. If it is a guard and tough dog, everybody are afraid of, but family love very much – *Boogie* will be the honored name.

  10. I don’t play competitively, ilb. Just for fun with friends. For some reason, I have a lethal two-handed backhand, but everything else I do is rather “meh.”

  11. And This One Will Last A Lifetime on

    KevinB…I vote you name the golden “Carp” after our illustrious leader here

    Carp…I do not mean any disrpect, I mean this as an honor

    Please do not name him “seven”…me and George Constanza have dibs on that name

  12. I am honored, And This One. But I don’t know how honored the dog would be to named after a fish. Or me. And I would never steal “Seven.” How about Soda?

    How about naming the dog Bill Fairbairn, after the Bull Dog Line? Or Tkaczuk?

    Matteau! Then when you call it, you can go, “Matteau, Matteau, Matteau!”

    Kovalev. Nah, I’m not going to go there.








  13. Odd, my family’s had a Tippy, Muffin, Friskie, Copper and now a KC. Then again I’m the only hockey fan in my family so it makes sense none of them have Ranger related names.

    It’s going to 97 here today. How bout NY?

  14. Why not name him Blue? Short for Blueshirt, or just Blueshirt? Don’t name the dog after a player, name him after the Ranger tradition somehow. Ranger is agood one as someone mentioned above, that was my first thought.

  15. Wow huge response– thanks everyone!

    Some really good ones. Who couldn’t love a dog named Beuk or Matteau? I think the final decision is going to be up to the wife.

    We have a few weeks until he is old enough to come home and I’ll be sure to report back which name we finally go with!

    Thanks again all!

  16. Good afternoon all! Eddie, congrats on a great dog! Folks gave you some great ideas, but you may also want to consider his personality. Here’s all the hockey-related pet names I’ve had.

    and of course, Stanley and Cup

    Please tell us what you decide! I kinda like Beuck and Carp!

  17. Ha! No kidding ilb….speaking of which, my lunch (not telling Latona) today was ruined by a bunch of serious brats who took over a grown up place to the ignorant aasenness of their many parents. Came thisclose to telling them to hartnell themselves, but settled for the Messier steely eye instead :)

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