Asked this week, Vigneault said that there is a clean slate in the sense that the roles players had last year and the lines players were on may not work this year.
Vigneault did say that knowing the players would help him figure things out sooner than he did last year.
Derek Stepan said on Friday, "it's a new year, everyone starts at zero. Doesn't matter what you did last year." (NYR)
Rick Nash said, "I think it's important, it keeps things fresh, and it's a new season and whatever happened last year doesn't matter. It's about gaining new trust in players and gaining new rules and chemistry." (NYR)
He added, "it's a fresh start for everybody." (NYR)