Check out Serby’s Q&A with Alain Vigneault in the Post


Don’t know if you saw my friend Steve Serby’s Q&A with Alain Vigneault in the New York Post today (click here to see it).

It’s a pretty interesting piece, but two things jumped out at me about his career

1) He scored his first NHL goal at the Garden against Steve Baker (which means that I covered it, though I sure can’t remember it).

2) He once fought Mark Messier, with whom he just won the contest to become the Rangers head coach.

See below:

Q: Sixty-four games with the Salt Lake Golden Eagles, you had a mere 266 penalty minutes. Could you explain that?

A: You know what? Hockey was different back then. There was more fighting. It was in a different era. So I was probably considered more of a physical player back then. Now and then, I dropped the gloves. I was thinking of that yesterday (chuckle). In my 42 of the best NHL games in the world, I had a fight with Mark Messier! … He was playing in Edmonton at the time. And I think accidentally, I hit this French guy with my stick — and … he came boltin’ after me. It was an accident. I did all right, he did all right (smile), it wasn’t a real long fight.


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  1. eddie eddie eddie on


    January 3, 2014: Ranger goal #22 brian boyle…that is his 5th goal of the game and 57th on the season

  2. Can’t wait for the Torts Q&A in the Vancouver Sun.

    Q: Canucks fans want to know how quickly you can win a Cup here.

    A: Is that a question?

  3. King with no Ring on

    eddie eddie eddie — —
    You must be intoxicated, your post at 2:35 p.m. stampedes on Norman’s 10 Laws of Reality.

  4. Czechthemout!!! on

    Wow! The Leafs gave up a fringe third line forward, a 2ndand a C level goalie prospect for a real good goalie. Nice job by them but I wonder where the idiot Garth Snow was in this. The Isls have much more to offer and certainly need a real goalie because Nabakov is too old.

    The Leafs GM said today that he would trade anyone including sloppy seconds. The only one I would look for is Cody Franzen. I think he is a very underated player. May also be had for an inexpensive return.

  5. Good questions, good answers. No idea how he will coach, but seems like a good person who knows what he wants.

  6. It must be a damn club! Identify 1 “insightful” question or answer?

    Another in the long and never ending line of MSG directed press releases!

    Anyone for some “softball”?

  7. Eward the Third, always enjoy your comments and intellectual “funnies”.

    Very “insightful”!

    As opposed to “inciteful”!

  8. Comn, nobody’s holding you here, either. Plenty of other blogs where you might find somebody who thinks like you, or likes you.

  9. More often than not most of those “behind-the-keyboard tough” guys who suggest to someone to act tough, including asking tough questions in their line of duty, are the biggest… umm…felines in real life.




  11. Carp, does anything you say ever embarass you, have you no shame?

    “No one likes me”? You had a poll?

    I on the other hand love you and this blog.

    But while I may love you like the wayward child, for now I don’t like you, now act like a grown up and apologize for your childish rants and for personalizing my critique of your interviewing “lapses”.

    What you really meant to say was, Comn, there’s “no one like you”, yes?


  12. ilb2001, a continuing a space odyssey,

    About brown nosing, sucking up acting the sycophant, what do “they ” say about that?

  13. King, get out there and secure more votes for my presence on this august site.The polls will not close until this injustice is rectified!

    Carp’s plan is to remove anyone who doesn’t show constant obeisance to his “insightful” commentary.

    Every time he posts those hurtful comments I’m obliged to kick the dog……..and he’s passed far less gas than Carp and his soldiers! ;)

  14. King with no Ring on

    Comnsnse — —

    I am stupefied that Carp desires to silence your intellectuality and hilarity.

  15. illb2002, yup I have no doubt you’ve “nailed” it.

    Now take that hammer and give yourself a few head shots, it might reverse the wiring issues in your brain which have been damaged by your follower status!

    You blog zombie! ;)

  16. CCCP, enough with the Frenching babble.

    Either speak Russian or at least “Carpese”…please! ;)

  17. CCCP, is the naive prattle about trolling the best you have to offer.

    Do you even comprehend the difference between honest differences of opinion? and why they keep people on their toes. A state which you might be familiar with? ;)

    Why not repair to one of the Russian restaurants in Coney Island for additional refreshments and contemplation.

    Or you could Google the phrase “clear thinking 101”.

  18. Sacre bleu, you actually made a funny.

    Now that’s the spirit, ask Carp to do likewise!

  19. According to the Bruins, Bergeron is out of the hospital and flew with the team. He sustained “a body injury”. Well, that really narrows it down.




  21. Czechthemout!!! on


    He certainly is. He had a goalie served up on a silver platter for him and he lets someone named Frattin and scrubins as the price beat him out for it! Seriously?

  22. CCCP, is there no antidote to your subservient behavior and infantile prattle?

    Why can’t modern pharma research discover a pill which could reject attempts by lesser beings to joust with masters? Giving you a lifetime supply!

    Why must a certain type be continually batted about the head and shoulders with my wit and intellect?

    Do you think I enjoy taking advantage of undisciplined cave dwellers posting childish markings on the walls of their cave?

    Cease and desist……and I’ll be nicer if you agree to be smarter! ;)

  23. Comnsnse



  24. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Sorry I’ve been absent for a bit, I’ve been moving comn around to various locations forcing him to stay on the blog while avoiding the NSA….

    Oh, umm, nevermind

  25. This is long overdue, but I’d like to apologize to all the Boneheads that I’ve hurt or offended in ways known and unknown. I enjoy your wit,zaniness and commentary or I wouldn’t be here. I certainly don’t think I am better than anyone and frankly my hockey knowledge cannot compare to the vast majority of youse. I’d like to apologize especially to our Jewish Boneheads whom I’ve been so rude and insensitive to, you are among some of those that I respect and admire most and quite possibly have hurt the most. My desire was only for greater dialog on important matters, but I certainly wasn’t listening, only spewing the garbage and hate, which I detest. And last, but definitely not least Carp, the man that makes it happen. You do so much for us. I am sorry to you all, you are tremendously tremendous people one and all. I love you and thank you.

    I’d just like to make it 100% clear, I am not a tough guy and don’t want to pretend to be a tough guy. If I threatened or was combative with anyone specifically to you, I am heartily sorry. Liquid courage, pure and simple.

    Finally, enough of this rain, I think we are due for some much drier weather.

  26. dde, I don’t recall you being that way to anybody ever. I’ve always enjoyed your comments, and don’t remember you saying anything even remotely insulting.

  27. ‘There’s a man who roots all year for Rangers .
    To everyone he meets he stays a stranger.
    With every post he makes,
    Another chance he takes.
    Odds are he won’t live to see tomorrow.’

  28. Geez, dde, that sounded like a statement prior to sentencing. I, for one, never noticed anything here even remotely close to something you would have to apologize for. But, you know better than I. Cheers.

  29. Hi Wicky, hostile and uncooperative?

    Carp- Yes, I guess I could have elaborated on that, it was quite a 3 day binge, culminating that Sunday. I’ll be going to my first AA meeting tomorrow night.

  30. constantly hostile and uncooperative?You? That’s one I can’t figure wick

    Sure that wasn’t me being asked to take out the trash something

  31. uncooperative as in you have your own opinion maybe?
    not conforming, I don’t know

  32. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I’m not an “Internet tough guy”, I’m just a tough guy, so if you don’t like what’s going on here, move on.

    Don’t go into someone’s house and gripe about everything in it, leave!

    It’s Carp’s house, so his rules and they are pretty tolerant (I’d of chucked you out on your aasen long ago), so be polite and disagree with some civility or agree to disagree or whatever, but do so respectfully.

    Consider ILB the blog steward (not to mention probably the greatest human being I’ve ever met, and I’ve met a lot) and the head honcho when carp isn’t around.

    So again, show some respect, not only do they deserve it, but they’ve damn sure earned it!

  33. CCCP I remember nothing at all specific but I feel like I was especially mean to you

  34. And you as well CCCP if I did strike at you, you’ve got a clever sense of humor I’ve always enjoyed

  35. _CCCP I remember nothing at all specific but I feel like I was especially mean to you_

    well.. f u back, then ;)

    i kid i kid… no clue what’s going on .

  36. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    No reason to apologize IMHO and not that I’m aware of re paraphrasing

  37. Czechthemout!!! on


    Since the Leafs seem to be looking to make deals, what about Cody Franson? Big guy who skates well. Takes the body a little but is certainly no Chara back there. But he has a solid offensive game with a good shot and shoots from the right side too.

  38. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    DDe – welcome back. You are a good man and I’m very proud of you. Stay strong my friend. Be brave. And continue to post – :)

  39. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    The king with no ring, wearing bling, ding–a-ling, feel the sting, Crosby Bing, dong and ding, Gomez and thing, songs I sing, a prayer and a wing, ding ding ding, dynasty Ming, my putter is a ping…


  40. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Predictions for this year? I say the pens once again defeat the hawks in the finals in a repeat of this year…. Rangers make the playoffs, win a round, and lose in round two…

    I hope I’m wrong and the rangers make the ECF.

  41. Eddie soft as Teddy…bear.. i swear, you’re a debonair… so smooth and slick… a suite case goes “click”… i confess… i am all about prog-ress!


  42. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Cccp, I say to thee, up a tree, I be e3, ocean or sea, cup of tea, dog and a flea, poop and pee, oh day can you see, I’m on bended knee, bertha don’t you come around here more…


  43. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I am a poet, I love to show it, plants I grow it, grass I mow it, cars I tow it, don’t you know it, wind it blow it, ball I throw it, alone I go it, thread I sew it, oats I sow it, oh me I woe it, ground I hoe it,,,


  44. Vera: Benny, you put this orange juice back in here, ain’t nothin’ left but a swallow!

    Bennie Wilson: Then swallow it and shut the puck up!

  45. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Ricardo – British Columbia is going to love that car seat.

    Torts – “this is one ****** scenic city. Too *** **** bad I can’t see a ******* thing back here”

  46. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Torts – “my ******* strap came loose. Stop the ******* car and redo the ****** thing”

  47. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Mike Sauer was a damn good Dman. His pairing with mcD was special and a huge reason for all the early season success last year. He will be missed.

  48. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Torts – “roll the ******* window down, I can’t reach the ******* button”

  49. eddie, you’re correct. You SHOULD be on the stage. There’s one leaving for Dodge City at 9 AM. :)

  50. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Rollin Rollin Rollin, my assen is swollen swollen swollen, rawhide….

  51. Oh yes. You are back to the old and exquisite rare form. We were dying of thirst here at the fountain-side. Night wishes ’til the morrow.

  52. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    JR – “when a team is down 3-2 in a series, game 6 is virtually, and systemically, a must win game.

  53. AV means the Seagal “Patriot” movie doesn’t he?

    He can’t mean that complete load of historically inaccurate tosh that Mel Gibson was in?

    So Blackhawks win tonight, UKRanger crowned Boneheads playoff bracket winner and Brad Richards bought out on Thursday? Good Week!

  54. In messier’s interview for head coach, I wonder if sather showed the fight clip and used it against him that he couldn’t even dominate Viggy in a fair fight, and how could he trust that Mess would be tough enough with the troops in the modern NHL

  55. Matty "HopeNashIsMonsterInYear2"Boy on

    The much nicer, always complimentary, player loved, coach AV continues to win his players over:

    “Brian, you may be slow and have hands of stone, but you grow a great playoff mustache!!!”

    “Dan, snow angels are a thing of the past on this team, but we will have a snow angel day in January for you, fly up to north of Mont-Ray-All and do some real ones all day in the snow. It should be good bonding!”

    Micheal, you have great hair. I am jealous!”

  56. Matty "HopeNashIsMonsterInYear2"Boy on

    True test of a bad GM:

    The fastest ones to have 2 buyouts are the worst GM’s. Let’s see, Montreal, NYR, Philly.

  57. Matty "HopeNashIsMonsterInYear2"Boy on

    Now that the coaching issue is ‘resolved’, would it not be logical to go after your unsigned RFA’s and the one true star of the team who’s contract expires in one year?

    Carp, can we have a poll on when Sather starts working on the LQ deal, and when, or if he actually signs him?

  58. Matty "HopeNashIsMonsterInYear2"Boy on

    It would seem they could spend a few hours talking about the draft, which we are mostly a pass for.

    Anyone going to watch the draft in Newark??????

  59. Wow. While I was sleeping the Maple Leafs sneaked in and stole Jonathan Bernier away from the Phlyers. That’s a terrific trade for the Maple Leafs who like to play a goalie tandem anyways.

  60. Very Happy 25, Mama! May you always be surrounded by the people and things you DO love, and may supply of it never ends.

  61. I was hoping Vingeault would have been more open about the specific player questions (e.g. Kreider, Hank, Nash). I want to know exactly what he thinks makes Hank better than Luongo or what makes Kreider a stand out youngster.

  62. Maybe his sports hernia injury was the result of tweeting too much so his doctors told him to take a few months off.

  63. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    JR – “the bruins need to bring their physical presence to game 5, otherwise it will not be existential enough to win”

  64. So now that the Leafs have signed Bernier, will Reimer go back to the Milwaukee Beers?

  65. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Engblom – “JR is so stupid he can’t count to 7 by ones. Here are 4 reasons why I’m better than him:

    1. He is really stupider than me
    B. I won a cup he was too stupid to win one
    D. My hair uses only 2 cans of spray – his a caseload
    4.doc says I’m half the moron JR is”

  66. I don’t think so, UK. They traded Scribbles in the deal so I think Bernier and Reimer will fight for the starting job and the Leafs will ride the two of them in some 60/40 split of the goaltending position.

  67. Sioux-per-man 10.0 on

    Morning Boys!!!

    Just catching up.

    So a buddy calls and asks if I want to go to game, he got 2 tickets for Wednesday’s game in Chicago?

    Do a root for a Boston win on Monday :)

  68. Yes. 7 Games > 6 Games. Also, a win by the Bruins tonight means we don’t have to see Bettman’s ugly mug for another two days.

  69. Rob in Beantown on

    I’d love to be able to actually boo Bettman in person. It’s not nearly as satisfying booing him from my living room

  70. Maybe we should just wait outside the NHL Headquarters in NYC and follow him around daily booing him during business hours.

  71. Rob in Beantown on

    Henrik Lundqvist @HLundqvist30
    “@GQFashion: Your Milan Fashion Week MVP: @HLundqvist30’s Hair. @MichaelHainey” At least I won something this year..????


  72. Did I read it was MDZ’s birthday today? He’ll be too busy being facedown in a pile of girl’s yoga pants to be tweeting. #crotchsweat #haircut

  73. I wonder if Vingeault will encourage management to go after any of his UFA chums like Raymond, Higgins or Malhotra? I hope not that would seem like they’re just bringing a bunch of spare parts and using up cap space for nothing. Or if they’ll make a trade(s).

    I read that the Rangers may hold on to Richards for one more season to see if he rebounds under Vingeault. Not buying out Richards seems like a really bad idea. But if they don’t I hope he has a career year and makes me ear my words.

  74. Dolan calls the Canucks, ‘Canooks.’ Wonder if he calls the Ducks, ‘the Dooks?’ Won’t even get into sexual pronunciations.

  75. Gift of GAB-orik-Ohio-O-Clowe on

    Hey ‘heads!!

    Interesting if Phaneuf is available, Komisarek gets bought out… some other players out there.

    Do the Rangers entertain any of them? Gotta kick the tires no? Got some potential big league players in the system right now on ‘D’… Del Z trade bait?

  76. Gift!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  77. I say no to Komisarek. Especially since he was playing in the Leafs Minor Leagues for part of lass (this) season. But then again, they sent Jake Gardiner down, so they aren’t really good judges of talent.

    The problem with Phaneuf, aside from a gigantic salary, is that he dates someone famous and I assume that whole thing occurring in NYC would be a disaster. Plus, you can’t have Avery and then Phaneuf. It’s just too much.

  78. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    What’s up man?

    I might take a flyer on Komi for the right price and probably have to sit him against lucic. He used to manhandle jagr constantly.

    Phaneuf would be an awesome get IMHO

  79. The big question is, what would Phaneuf cost. Because the Rangers don’t have draft picks to trade. And Phaneuf will cost a lot. Especially with LeTang on the market at half the price (cap hit wise). You know the Dallas Stars are going to be bidding on both.

  80. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Yeah, I didn’t really appreciate him talking all that crap about carp and ILB

  81. Pretty sparse news today…Lundqvist on fashion? That’
    s how Richards started his downfall last summer. I’m ready for the start of next season. I don’t think the Rangers need any change at this point…perhaps a few additions and subtractions here or there, but nothing substantial. I hope they learned from the chemistry lesson last season.

  82. Man, if Wicky fought Nonsnse it would look something like when John Scott beat up Shawn Thornton earlier this season. That was a very quick, and very injury riddled fight.

  83. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    We had joy we had fun we had seasons in the sun, but like the wine and the song, the seasons have all gone…

  84. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Latona – my favorite language is Ebonics as the subject and verb never need be jiving. You dig?

  85. eddie eddie eddie on

    See the way he walks down the street
    Watch the way he shuffles his feet
    My, he holds his head up high
    When he goes walking by, he’s my guy

    When he holds my hand, I’m so proud
    ‘Cause he’s not just one of the crowd
    My baby’s always the one to try the things they’ve never done
    And just because of that, they say

    He’s a rebel and he’ll never ever be any good
    He’s a rebel ’cause he never ever does what he should
    But just because he doesn’t do what everybody else does
    That’s no reason why I can’t give him all my love

    He’s always good to me, always treats me tenderly
    ‘Cause he’s not a rebel, oh, no, no, no
    He’s not a rebel, oh, no, no, no, to me

    If they don’t like him that way
    They won’t like me after today
    [ From: ]
    I’ll be standing right by his side when they say

    He’s a rebel and he’ll never ever be any good
    He’s a rebel ’cause he never ever does what he should
    Just because he doesn’t do what everybody else does
    That’s no reason why we can’t share a love

    He’s always good to me, good to him, I try to be
    ‘Cause he’s not a rebel, oh, no, no, no
    He’s not a rebel, oh, no, no, no, to me

    Oh, he’s not a rebel, oh, no, no, no
    He’s not a rebel, oh, no, no, no
    He’s not a rebel, oh, no, no, no
    He’s not a rebel, oh, no, no, no

    He’s not a rebel, oh, no, no, no
    He’s not a rebel, oh, no, no, no
    He’s not a rebel, oh, no, no, no
    He’s not a rebel, oh, no, no, no

  86. As a pure business matter if Richards is not bought out then Dolan is a bigger buffoon than I even thought. Sather I can almost understand taking a gamble because he probably figures he won’t be around but Dolan needs to be astute enough to understand his interests as owner are not fully aligned with Sather’s.

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