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06-26-2013, 02:05 AM
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How this whole thing plays out for you guys will depend heavily on the players.

Vigneault doesn't really micromanage, so your players have to hold themselves accountable for their own play.

I'd say his biggest weakness is his X&O's. Over the course of a regular season, he may adjust. In a 7 game series however, he gets out-coached quite a bit because he sticks to the same tactics and refuses to change. Could work if your team stays disciplined enough.

Other than that, he gives his favourite veteran players free reign. For example, Bieksa was great for us in 2011, but was utter garbage the next two years due to one mental gaffe after another. He won't bench his veterans. So what Torts did to Brad Richards, you probably won't see that with AV.

He's pretty good at developing young players. A lot of patience, sheltering them and slowly adding responsibilities as they demonstrate they can take on extra duties. Bottom line for young players who want ice time under Vigneault is being able to play at least average defense. Anything less than that without offensive contributions it's off to the pressbox or the minors. It'll take a few seasons to show, but he did develop Kesler, Burrows, Hansen, Bieksa and quite a few of our core guys.

Expect to see your best offensive players to see a 60-70% offensive zone start, and your checking line a 60-70% defensive zone starts.

AV traditionally likes to run with two scoring lines, one checking and an energy 4th line. Pretty standard.

He's pretty reserved in front of the camera, so no more media gong show like you guys had with Torts. Though I expect Torts learned his lesson and likely won't make the same mistakes he did in NY.

Also, don't expect him to flip out at his team. Don't think we've ever heard of or seen that.

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