How happy is Rangers coach Alain Vigneault with the play of John Moore?


No, wait.

“Not dis-happy.”

Meaning, in the Quebec-born Vigneault’s application of the English language; “Not unhappy.”

Of course, that didn’t prevent the coach from scratching Moore in favor of Matt Hunwick for Tuesday’s 5-2 victory against the Flames. It marked the third time in the last eight games Moore watched in street clothes.

“It’s not that Johnny’s playing bad, it’s just right now he’s fighting for that sixth spot and didn’t play real bad, but Hunny had played real well prior to that,” Vigneault said, before inventing a new word that hadn’t been part of any language other than Brooklynese. “I’m not dis-happy … unhappy … dis-happy.”

Moore, though, has not played with enough decisiveness, effectiveness or physicality to nail down a regular spot on the blue line. Indeed, the 24-year-old played just 12:06 in Edmonton on Sunday on the second night of a back-to-back. Hunwick had not played since Dec. 5 in Detroit.

“I didn’t want Hunwick sitting out too long,” Vigneault said. “So I made the change.”

Hunwick, who won the training camp competition for seventh defensemen, had played 21 straight filling in first for the injured Dan Boyle and then for the injured Ryan McDonagh, before sitting against the Red Wings.