Alain Vigneault met with the media prior to the game against Carolina and said (NYR):
- Has Spooner surprised you, "yes and no. I always knew from watching him in Boston that there was a real high skill level there. One of the things he has done real well, his capability of making those plays in those areas with his quickness and skill level. He has gotten quite a few points since he has been with us. He has played well and hopefully it continues."
- On David Desharnais, "game time decision. He felt alright this morning. We will see how he does this afternoon. Hasn't passed the kidney stone yet so we will where that is."
- Can he play with the kidney stone, "I'm sure he can, tough French man."
- On Neal Pionk, "I've really liked his game, both with the puck and without the puck. Ever since we have put him with Marc Staal, Marc right now, for me, leadership wise, his play on the ice, his play with the puck has been real good. The last six games Marc has been our best defenseman. He has played with Tony and Neal and that right handed defenseman is really helping our duos. Whether it be Marc or Neal, Tony and Brady, it's easier to go from right to left and make more than one D pass when you have a righty and lefty. That helps Marc's game out. In Neal's case, not an overly big defenseman but he is smart. His gap is good on the ice, he competes. Our game in Edmonton, big, boxing out match with him and Lucic, he stood there toe to toe with him. I like his compete, I like his skill. He is smart on the ice. In our last few games we have had him with Marc against the other team's top line and he has done a pretty good job for us."
- On consistency with the young players, "it's about improving your knowledge of the game, understanding, making the reads on the ice. The more they play the better they should become if they have the skill, attitude and work ethic. With Neal, he has come to play and I've liked a lot of things I've seen with him."
- On Brady Skjei, "no doubt that if you talk about Brady and you see his skating ability, that is a smooth skater that can get up in the play and beat the forecheck. It's his second year, not only is he trying to prove he can be a good player in the league but a top-four, top-two defenseman. This opportunity, he is jumping on it, getting more ice time. I think there is still another level to go for him. I believe that his skill set should permit him to reach another level, he has been good, but I think there is still room for improvement."
- Is there more offense for Brady, "I think there is more at both ends. This year we are using him to kill, I think he can get better there getting into lanes and taking stick opportunities away with better stick positioning. I do believe that he can be better with the puck, there is the ability for him to take this another notch and we will see if he can do it."
- On Georgiev, "competitive young kid. He is a battler. Every time he is in net he battles and I like his positioning. He likes to challenge shooters but he has good rebound control and in the three games that we have played him, he has battled and that is what you want from your goalies.