Alain Vigneault Quotes
Alain Vigneault (born May 14, 1961) is a Canadian professional ice hockey head coach with the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Vigneault has previously coached the Montreal Canadiens and the Vancouver Canucks in the NHL, as well as in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). During his career with the Canucks, he won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's top coach of the year in 2006–07 and has become the team's record holder for wins as a coach. Under Vigneault, Vancouver won back-to-back Presidents' Trophies (2010–11 and 2011–12) and made one Stanley Cup Finals appearance (2011). In his first season with New York, he led the Rangers to their first Stanley Cup Finals appearance (2014) in 20 years
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I played with Joey Mullen back in Salt Lake City before he got called up to St. Louis. He was the first player ever to score 20 goals in the American League and 20 in the NHL. I've kept in contact with him and he's a great guy.
We brought him [Raffi Torres] in because he was an emotional, physical player. He's had nothing but a great attitude and a great work ethic with us all year long. He comes to play, prepares himself real well. We need him to play the way he does. You know, he's a little bit sometimes outside the box, but you've got to let him be who he is.
You can't control the opposition, but you can control how you play, your energy level, your intensity on the ice. That's what we're going to do.
“I knew this is really challenging for him not playing, but if we ever needed him there was never a doubt in my mind that he would be ready.”
“I know this group and they've got to be looking at the standings. You've got to be motivated and sharp to play these games. I think we're going to be fine.”
“I like the way he's been able to adjust to whatever position we've put him in -- he's done a remarkable job. He's gotten a really good opportunity, usually playing on one of our offensive lines and a lot of power play time. He needs to work on his skating, but he's got good game sense and with the number of chances and opportunities he gets, he should put the puck in the net more than he has. But his work ethic and overall play this year is solid. He took the opportunity and ran with it and did a good job. He's earned it.”
“We generated zero chances in the first. Nothing. I believe we've got a better offensive team than we've shown the past two games here.”
“There's no game tonight if Flats is not sharp. You have to be honest with the performance he put together here. Wade Flaherty was the difference. I've challenged him a little bit lately and he responded like a real pro.”
“As far as the skill and quickness, I saw some things that I liked. He was able to get into some holes.”
“We played where we wanted to play and took a lot of their skill away by making the right decisions and finishing checks and being gritty in certain areas.”
“We always got together on my mom's side and I was about six-years-old. It was the last year my grandfather on my mother's side was alive. Everybody got together and he had a heart attack a couple weeks later. That last Christmas with him just stands out in my mind.”