9/23/16: 3:13PM: Vigneault said that Staal and Girardi are "huge" parts of this team.
He said that Marc Staal feels good and strong and will get back to winning those one on one battles he used to win.
He added "We need those players on top of theri game."
8:58AM: Alain Vigneault says that both Dan Girardi and Marc Staal have turned the page from last season and are focused on "right now." (Newsday)
Vigneualt said that the two defensemen seem to be in a "good space mentally" and that they are coming off their first chance in a long time to "recover" and get a "good summer of training." (Newsday)
He said that the duo seem "anxious" for the opportunity ahead, know they are "important parts" of the Rangers being successful and Vigneault gets the sense that "they want to prove that they're very good players." (Newsday)
Adam Rotter: The Rangers are putting a lot of faith in the idea that a long summer allowed these two to fully rest, recover and train like they haven't in probably five years or so. There is a lot of faith being put into this duo having versions of a bounce back year and in some way re-solidifying what for a few years was a top NHL defense.