Rangers' Ondrej Pavelec: Gets vote of confidence from coach

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said he believes the Rangers have gotten Pavelec "at the right time," The Sporting News reports.

"In certain players' careers, you catch them at the right time, and our organization got him at the right time," Vigneault said. "He's had a couple off years, and you only get so many kicks at the can in this game. We have a highly motivated guy who's going to want to listen to the goalie coach and wants to help the team win so that he can prove he belongs in the NHL." Of course, it's easy to be optimistic before any games have been played; once the puck drops, the onus will be on Pavelec to prove that he can come back after nearly falling out of the league entirely last year, as he played in just eight games and posted an .888 save mark. The Czech netminder has been better than that in the past, though, and playing backup minutes for a Rangers team that emphasizes defensive responsibility should be a positive change of pace for him.

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