Alain Vigneault met with the media following practice on Tuesday and said (NYR):
- On the time off, "I've had enough time off. Two 3-day breaks in-between tons of games. It's time to play. We have 32 games left here, time to focus on playing well and getting points and that is what our focus will be come Toronto."
- What needs to be focused on, "I take this past road trip, our record 1-3 is not nearly good enough but we did play some real good hockey. Our starts to the games were good, we generated quite a few offensive opportunities, some good looks. Defensively, for the most part, we tightened up a little bit and playing against good teams with the same sense of urgency that we had. Record-wise it wasn't what we were looking for but I do think we are playing some good hockey and will continue moving forward."
- On the deadline, "the only thing that our whole coaching staff and players are focused on is who that next opponent is. I'm not concerned about the white noise surrounding any trade period. As a player you are a pro and focus in on your game and what you need to do and as a coach and coaching staff you have to make sure that the players are focused on the right things on and off the ice."
- On McLeod, "I talked to Cody briefly before practice and I saw what you see during a game, north/south player, big body and all our homework on him talks about good energy guy, good teammate and with our situation as far as depth, we felt that it was the right thing to do and he will get a chance to play in the next game."
- "I think there are a couple of teams, and without naming teams, there might be 3-4-5 that might be in a comfortable position. All the other ones, comfort? I don't see it. This will be a lot of fun for guys that love the competition and I just look at the teams and how close we all are and it's going to be a battle and take your best effort and prep and everyone has around the same number of games left, it should be good."
- Do you have a number in mind that you think you need to get to, "that varies from year to year. Usually they say that 96 will get you in, looks like it might be a little less than that but it's going to be close. A lot of times, teams toward the end, after the trade deadline, some teams fade a little bit. It will be close to 96."