New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault was not happy with Montreal Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien’s comments about Derick Brassard’s injury during Saturday’s media availability.
Therrien said his team knows where the Rangers center is injured.
#canadiens Michel Therrien in french:"we expect Derick Brassard to play and we know exactly where he's injured. Hockey is a small world."—
Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) May 24, 2014
Vigneault fired back Sunday morning.
AV on Therrien saying Sat. #Habs know where Brassard's injured: “Hope nothing happens to Brass. The player & Michel could get in trouble.”—
Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN) May 25, 2014
Therrien wasn’t saying that the Canadiens would intentionally hurt Brassard based on the information they have about his injury, but there’s no question that players’ injuries are targeted to a certain level in the playoffs. It’s something teams look to exploit because they are always looking for some sort of advantage.
According to the New York Post, Therrien might receive a warning for his comments.
Industry source: "I know league is looking at [Therrien comment re Brassard] and expect it to be handled quietly with private warning."—
Larry Brooks (@NYP_Brooksie) May 25, 2014
Brassard, who’s been nursing an upper body injury, has missed all three games of the Rangers-Habs Eastern Conference final, which resumes Sunday night at Madison Square Garden for Game 4. The third-line center told reporters Saturday that he would play in Game 4. He was an important part of the Blueshirts’ first and second-round playoff series victories over the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins with seven points (four goals, three assists) in 15 games.