Alain Vigneault met with the media on Tuesday following Rangers practice and said (NYR):
- On the team defense through six games, "I think we have been very good. Our quickness and our speed have been a big factor in us defending the way we have been. We aren't giving up a lot of scoring chances, we aren't giving up a lot of shots. It seems like a lot of time in our own ends we are finding spots where we can outnumber the opposition and make it real hard for them to make plays. It hasn't been perfect but I do believe we are on the right track as far as playing, when we don't have the puck, how we have to play. I think that part is permitting us to do the other step which is to create opportunities on the rush, get the proper movement in the offensive end. For me it all revolves around there and when you play well when you don't have the puck and you are quick to your assignments, quick to your check, quick to stick on puck you make it very hard on the opposition and seem to be able to get the puck quicker and go on the counter attack and that is what we have been doing."
- On Jimmy Vesey, "Our scouts and especially our staff here, Jeff Gorton and Chris Drury, are the ones who had really done their homework on him and they told me that he was a good two-way player at the university level. Does that translate to the NHL? Sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn't. In Jimmy' case I think that his work habits and work attitude and smarts, he has been capable so far to assimilate what we are trying to teach and he tries to do it. He has been efficient for us at both ends of the rink."
- On Oscar Lindberg's first game, "for a guy that hadn't had the opportunity to really work with our group, I thought he was fine. He took some faceoffs, did all right. His line had a couple of opportunities so I was pleased for a guy with no training camp/2-3 real practices, most of them on D, I thought he did well."
- Will he stay at center, "I think that will be a game to game decision and with what is healthy and the opposition. Tomorrow he will play in the middle again but it will be a game to game decision.