Alain Vigneault said that he is taking the blame for Eric Staal's struggles with the Rangers so far, saying that he hasn't "put him in an ideal situation."
Vigneault said that he has been moving players around Staal to find the right chemistry.
He noted that Staal stayed on the ice for a while after practice working with Chris Kreider.
Kreider was skating with Staal yesterday at practice, something that Vigneault called an experiment to see what having "speed on the left side" would look like.
Staal has played 11 games with the Rangers, has 1 goal, 2 assists, 18 shots on goal and an average of 16:10 per game. He is winning 51.6% of his faceoffs.
Since joining the Rangers, Staal has been on the ice at 5 on 5 for 129 shot attempts for, 161 against, 66 shots on goal for, 91 against and 5 goals for and 3 against. (Natural Stat Trick)
Since joining the Rangers, Staal has played the most 5 on 5 time with Viktor Stalberg (70:43), Kevin Hayes (64:11), JT Miller (50:21), Oscar Lindberg (49:54), Rick Nash (26:25) and Mats Zuccarello (16:33).(Natural Stat Trick)
He has played fewer than ten minutes with Jesper Fast, Derick Brassard, Tanner Glass, Derek Stepan, Chris Kreider and Dominic Moore. (Natural Stat Trick)
Adam Rotter: Staal looked good in the the games where he was with Viktor Stalberg and Oscar Lindberg, but Stalberg needed to be moved for the betterment of the team. I think the Rangers also need to define what Eric Staal's role will be. Is he going to get prime offensive opportunities or are they content with him playing 15 minutes a night as a hopeful third-line mismatch. I think Chris Kreider would be a nice linemate for him because he can mimic at least the style of play that Viktor Stalberg brought to that line. I still think that the Rangers plan is to find a way to make it work with Eric and Rick Nash on the same line and they may try and use the rest of the regular season to get that going.