Alain Vigneault wrote a piece for MSG and said that with the new players the Rangers have and the changes the coaching staff are planning to implement "we're actually going to be quicker than we were a season ago." (MSG.com)
Vigneault said that the Rangers trademark the last number of year has been "speed" in all areas of the game and added " the quicker you get to your assignment and check well, then the quicker you get the puck back, and that means you'll be quicker into the offensive zone." (MSG.com)
He said that the Rangers were "quick" last season but felt they were "a little behind" and needed someone like Kevin Shattenkirk that can help transition the puck. (MSG.com)
While speaking with the media on Thursday, Vigneault said that the moves the Rangers have made will allow them to move the puck quicker and then go quicker in transition, on breakouts and hopefully "more effective in the offensive zone."
Adam Rotter: Speed is the Rangers game but they didn't just upgrade that on defense, they upgraded the overall level of skating and mobility. Dan Girardi and Kevin Klein were never the greatest skaters but as their bodies broke down they would sometimes be limited in trying to execute the Rangers system. Adding in Kevin Shattenkirk, a full season of Brendan Smith and a greater role for Brady Skjei should have the Rangers getting to pucks quickly, moving them quickly and hopefully getting them up to the forwards and up the ice to create offense quickly.