Alain Vigneault met with the media earlier on Friday after practice and said (NYR):
- "it's something that we have known for a while and have had discussions with Kevin. Ultimately it's his decision and medical staff and after trying to play through it he felt that it was time to get it fixed. That is what we are going to do. There is no precise timeline, obviously it's indefinite but it will give an opportunity for a guy like Tony to come up and get some ice time and an opportunity for someone else to try and help us win some games."
- On DeAngelo, "I talked to Keith this morning and he said that in the last couple of weeks he had been very solid, very solid at moving the puck out of his end, good on the PP. He felt that, at this time, he was probably playing his best hockey since he had been in Hartford."
- On dealing with injuries, "injuries are part of the NHL and part of the everyday makeup of a team. Guys get sick, guys get hurt. Sometimes it's not long, sometimes it's longer. You've got to put together, with your staff, the best lineup that you think gives you a chance to win. Guys that have been called up from Hartford are obviously very happy to get the opportunity to play at this level, they want to show that they belong and can contribute and help the team win. Some other guys have been here a little bit longer, they always want more ice time and there is more available. We've got a good stretch in front of us, a real challenging stretch of 4 games against 4 really good teams starting tomorrow after noon. We are responding the right way and playing the right way."
- Any update on Staal and Hayes, "both of them are going to skate tomorrow morning prior to the game in Colorado. Both of them are going to skate Sunday morning. I would say that they are both 50/50 for Sunday at this time. Definitely not tomorrow but 50/50 for Sunday."
- On the injury for Shattenkirk, "it's really unfortunate and something that we have known since training camp and all felt that it could improve but it didn't. With that type of injury, I'm not a doctor, but in the discussions that I had, a lot of times they feel that it can heal on it's own, even while you are playing. In Kevin's case it didn't. He decided yesterday, after having a long talk with our medical staff that this was the best way to go and we will see what happens."