Alain Vigneault met with the media on Monday morning before tonight's game against the Islanders (NYR):
- Will some guys play on Wednesday, "right now we have a tentative lineup for Wednesday and there are a couple of guys playing both games. See how they do tonight and go from there."
- On what he wants to see tonight, "you want your guys to show you what they can do, if they can play at this level and compete and contribute and help the team win. We have quite a few young players getting and opportunity tonight. I know they are excited and we are excited to see where they are and if they do fit in the puzzle. When we had orientation I told the players that they were going to make the decisions for us with how they play. Guys play well and deserve to be here they will be here, if guys don't prove they can play at this level they won't be here. They will make the decisions for us by how they perform on the ice."
- On DeAngelo, "for the last 3 days I have been getting a closer look, I remembered him and watched some tape of him of his time in Phoenix. I talked with Tippet, who I have known for a long time, and Newell Brown ran their PP and they all said the same thing, young player, lots of tools, lots of skills, sees the ice well. He has a bit of experience. Tonight will be his first game with the Rangers and he will probably be a little nervous but I have seen some real good things as far as his decision making with the puck in the time we have been on the ice and hopefully he will bring that tonight."
- Does he need to figure it out, "he hasn't played very much, a bit more than 30 games, which is a pretty good start. I'm not quite sure what happened in Tampa and Phoenix and I do know that our management level and pro scouts like his skill set and like that he can skate and move the puck which is a big part of today's game. That is what I have seen so far, as you play more games you play against better competition also. Very anxious to see where he is."
- On Rick Nash, "where a guy is as far as contract wise doesn't impact me at all. As far as where Rick is, a real pro and I believe he is one of our best two-way players on the team and I strongly feel that he is an individual who puts the team's success ahead of his own. That is what I have seen throughout my time here and it's what I expect to continue to see. A team first attitude, he will work real hard and find different ways to contribute both offensively and defensively."
- Is 23 goals enough for Rick Nash, "he scored 23 but he was one of our most effective players at both ends of the rink. I remember my first year, I didn't use him on the PP very much and he didn't say a word. When I talk about team first attitude and success coming before his own, that is what Rick is. I do expect a lot from him, he is one of our veteran players, one of our strong voices in the room, a great example. I expect a lot of him at both ends of the rink and I know that is what we are going to get."
- On Neal Pionk and DeAngelo, "a lot of similarity there, two young guys coming into the league. Pionk is a free agent we signed, our pro scouts and our amateur scouts love this man. He stayed here all summer and worked out. His test scorers are real good. Same type of player, right handeder who can move the puck and play the PP. I'm really anxious to see him. I met him last year, watched some tape on him when our scouts talked to the coaches about him. Very interested to see where he falls into the scheme of things."
- On Lias Andersson, "I expect him and what I saw yesterday, for the first time, from Filip, both of those guys, to compete for a spot on the team. Both bring different things. I shouldn't say that because it's a minuscule amount of time and I haven't watched them in any games, what I have seen so far. I like Andersson's skill set, his energy. I love how he interacts with his teammates. He is always in there and asking questions. I remember when Marty came here, Zuccy was a like a little pest following him around and wanting to know what Marty did and stayed on the ice and shoot pucks with Marty and why are you doing it this we. I see the same type of personality as far as asking questions. I hear that in his teams back home he had been a captain and leader. I believe that in Lias' case we have real good personality and a real good person. Filip doesn't know the language as well and he is just coming back from injury but what I saw him yesterday skating wise was real good."
- Anxious to see the goalies tonight, "I want to see both guys playing tonight. Pavs, we signed, and anxious to see how he will play and they will both get half the game and hopefully have a good one.'