Browsing: Alain Vigneault

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247 Rangers player evaluations — Ryan McDonagh

First things first. Happy Anniversary. I probably don’t need to say more. Second thing: When it comes to Ryan McDonagh, I really don’t want to hear this good captain/bad captain discussion. The team struggled this season. McDonagh, like most of his teammates, and his alternate captains, struggled this season. That…

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94 Stanley Cup Final in review

Thoughts: 1) So the hockey season finally ends. Again, thanks to all of you for hanging in there start to finish, and hopefully you’ll stick around all summer. Going to be an interesting one, and I think the action starts next week, heading into, and at the draft. 2) The…

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172 Stanley Cup Final Game 6 … It’s Go Time!

Stanley Cup Final Game 6. Penguins at Sharks. (Penguins lead 3-2.) Can the San Jose Sharks (a.k.a. Martin Jones) extend the hockey season a few more days? Speaking of which, Game 7 wouldn’t be until Wednesday. This series started May 30. Could it be stretched out any more?…

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200 Rangers player evaluations — Derick Brassard

I have not been looking forward to writing this one at all for a few reasons. I’ve beaten up Derick Brassard a lot this past season. I like Brassard as a person — how could you not? — and think he’s a very good player, especially when he plays with…

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116 Rangers player evaluations — Kevin Klein

Quick, who was the Rangers’ most consistent, reliable defenseman in a season in which so many were so inconsistent? Hint: He was the lowest paid of the top six. Another hint: He was the defenseman who did the least panicking, the least puck-chasing, and the most defending around the front…

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86 Rangers player evaluations — Jesper Fast

Sometimes you think a player like Jesper Fast is an acquired taste, and one who would go unappreciated by fans. But when we did our poll to see who the fans thought should win the Steven McDonald Extra Effort award — which was won by Mats Zuccarello — Fast was…

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75 Rangers player evaluations — J.T. Miller

You can go up and down the Rangers 2015-16 roster and be hard-pressed to find more than a couple who met or, arguably, exceeded expectations. You could sure make a case for J.T. Miller being one. Rangers coach Alain Vigneault, time and time again, talked about “the process” through which…

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103 Rangers player evaluations — Derek Stepan

Before we resume our series today, I just want to try to make it clear again. The grades are based on my expectations of each player. So I’m not comparing Jesper Fast to Mats Zuccarello or Dylan McIlrath to Ryan McDonagh, OK? Also, FWIW, the grade is actually an afterthought.…

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104 Rangers player evaluations — Brady Skjei

And, yeah, there were bright spots during the Rangers’ season. And, yeah, there are some reasons to feel good about the future. One of those was rookie defenseman Brady Skjei, who made his NHL debut in December with two games before returning to Hartford, came back for one in February…

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335 Rangers player evaluations — Oscar Lindberg

The fact that Oscar Lindberg needed some serious post-season surgery on his hip, an injury that occurred over time, makes you wonder to what degree he was hampered during his rookie season. We know that Lindberg pretty much lost his spot as a regular player after the Rangers acquired Eric…

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233 Rangers player evaluations — Tanner Glass

OK, let’s see if we can’t burn down Twitter. Now, remember, before you get your torches and pitchforks out, I’m grading these guys based on expectations — my expectations, and the expectations I believe should have been put upon them — against what they actually accomplished. I’m not comparing Tanner…

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198 Rangers player evaluations — Dan Girardi

More than anybody else, Dan Girardi believes he can still be the defenseman he once was for the Rangers. “One hundred percent I can be,” he said. “That’s why they signed me to a long-term deal. Obviously this year wasn’t the best for me and the whole team, but I…

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160 Rangers player evaluations — Marc Staal

All the advanced stats indicate Marc Staal had an awful year. I don’t disagree. I also don’t believe he’s necessarily done, that he will now be in a speedy decline at age 29, which really usually is the prime of a defenseman’s career. But I don’t know that he’s not.…

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257 Rangers player evaluations — Eric Staal

To say that the rental of Eric Staal didn’t go well would be an understatement. How much of the fault for that is on Staal is debatable. But the Rangers were the second best team in the East, behind runaway Washington, and playing their best hockey of the entire season when…

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142 Rangers player evaluations — Kevin Hayes

Before we get to today’s evaluation, I just want to take a minute to congratulate Howie Rose (huge Rangers fan), who has told MSG Networks that he is hanging up his hockey microphone. Rose will continue to be the incomparable radio voice of the Mets.  “Matteau, Matteau, Matteau! Stephane Matteau!…

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260 Rangers player evaluations — Chris Kreider

Chris Kreider didn’t take a big step backward in 2015-16, but he sure didn’t take a big step forward, either. And ’15-16 was supposed to be his break-out season. Everybody thought so, including the fans, the media, coach Alain Vigneault — who said so on the first day of training…

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