1:59PM: Vigneault said, "I gotta tell you that I am impressed. The three names that started this season, Hank, Ryan and Dan, that is a big part of our team and not just how we play but the chemistry and accountability within that group. All of those guys have handled it well. Hank has found his rhythm but in Hank's case and Dan's case, it never seems to impact them. They didn't bring it here, they focused on waht is important which is our games and practice and I am impressed with how they handled it. We won't have much more time to wonder how our team is going to be, come Wednesday." (98.7 ESPNNY)
12:57PM: "Dan is a New York Ranger, has been one all his life and he's a big part of our team. I'm very confident the other half will get done. (Vigneault on MSG)
11:29AM: Alain Vigneault said during his media briefing in Philadelphia that he is confident that Ryan Callahan will come to terms on a contract extension. (Steve Zipay)
"So Dan got done. I’ve said I’m optimistic and positive, and I’m optimistic that this will get done. ... I hope."" That cracked everyone up. But Vigneault still hopeful that Callahan will sign by Wed. trade deadline & join Girardi & Lundqvist in the fold.
Vigneault said that if he were a betting man he would be betting on a new deal for Callahan. (Andrew Gross)
"Seems to me AV is pretty good at getting messages out through media. If he says he's confident about Cally, might be some smoke to the fire." (Gross)
In early February, Vigneault said “I’m a big fan of Ryan Callahan and I know he wants to be here , contracts have nothing to do with me and I am hoping that both parties can come to an agreement.”