Alain Vigneault met with the media following practice on Wednesday and said the following (NYR):
- On Shattenkirk and Kreider, "Shattenkirk has started, not rehab, but to maintain his conditioning, anything he can do without using his legs. Kreids skated this morning, light skate. He is coming along also. They are just day by day and following the process they have been told by the medical staff."
- Was today Kreider's first skate, "I think he skated yesterday, he's been skating. A little activity. He's lost a couple of pounds."
- When will Shattenkirk skate, "I haven't even asked, he's still on crutches."
- On the Leafs and getting a good start tomorrow, "our starts have been very good lately. We have come out with a lot of energy and attacking and trying to play a fast game. That is the same thing for everybody. They have an opportunity to play tonight, we have had an opportunity for two practices after the All-Star break. We are ready to go. Our guys are anxious and they know what is at stake and it's going to be good, going to be fun. I'm expecting quite a few players here to elevate their game, we all know the importance of goaltending. I know Hank knows how important each minute is each time he is in goal. We need a couple of guys to elevate. We need to play well as a group and we have our first big test tomorrow. Toronto is considered one of the best teams in the league, youth with a lot of skill and we will be ready for it."
- On the practice time, "we haven't had the chance and just before the All-Star game we played 8 games in 13 days. I think three of those I rested the team instead of practicing so that we would have energy for the games. We had two practices, able to work on a couple of things yesterday and today. It's time to go, no more breaks, it's time to play."
- "I think that the important thing to do is not, we have 32 games and we need a certain amount of points to get in. At this time it's always been better for coaches, players, management, focus on the game, focus on the opponent, what do you need to do to play well against that opponent. We know we have a team that is coming in with a lot of skill and speed and we need to figure out a way to take some of their skill and speed away and we will have a real precise plan for our group tomorrow and they need to go out and execute and work real hard and that is the key to most games."
- On being more physical with McLeod, "he adds to our depth and has a skill set that, if you look throughout our lineup, we don't have a lot of those, I don't want to say 'in your face type players' but with a little bit more of an aggressive nature. He'll bring that physicality and wearing the opposition down. He can play anywhere from 7-8 minutes to 12 minutes depending on the game. He's looked good in the two practices. There is a short amount of time for him to get used to his new environment, because there is no time, it's time to play. He went to the Stanley Cup Final last year with a team that finished 16th getting in, they were the last team to get in, and I am hoping that experience and how he get there will be able to help us out."