Rangers coach Alain Vigneault unmoved by players-only meeting
The struggling Rangers held a players-only meeting after their loss Sunday, but their head coach says they have to stop talking about increasing effort and actually do it.
There's no question about it: The New York Rangers are struggling.
Winners of only six of their past 14 games, the Rangers held a players-only meeting after Sunday's 4-1 loss to the Washington Capitals.
In general, the team wanted to discuss its lack of urgency on the ice, something that, according to Rangers coach Alain Vigneault, can be changed only on the ice.
"Without a doubt, our compete level is a .500 compete level," Vigneault said, according to Newsday, which is accurate, given New York's 15-15-1 record. "When the other team scores a goal, we don't seem to have much of a push.
"You can talk all you want behind closed doors. It's on the 200-by-85 [rink] that things are decided."
The players vented somewhat after Sunday's loss, saying that the team needed to be playing with more desperation.
According to center Brad Richards, the Rangers are "way too comfortable."
"We are just floating along," Richards said, "and it's getting old."
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