Rangers GM Jeff Gorton met with the media on Sunday evening and said (NYR):
What is with McDonagh, "I don't know how you want me to answer that, Stan. He's a player on our team right now and we are trying to get him back healthy."
Are you exploring the market for McDonagh, "I'll say this, I don't think it's the right thing to do to say about an individual player whether we are trying to trade him or not. We have enough things going on in that room right now that besides naming the guys and who could go where. We keep that between us and if something happens, we will let you know."
On the Nash trade, "it's been in the works for a while. When those guys played here, Donny and I met to talk about some of the things he was looking for. Rick was someone they coveted, had a number of conversations since that time and we were able to do the deal this morning."
"Rick has been a terrific player for the organization, a first class guy, not too good things we can't say about the player. Good family, he's been a great Ranger and to make that move it's very difficult and it's hard call to make when you call someone like that has meant a lot to us. Every time he went on the ice he gave us everything he had and that is significant when you talk about someone that played here and played well."
On getting draft picks, "Our scouts are pretty active thinking that this draft will be good, that the next few drafts will be good. You can say that about the last 3-4, there have been plenty of players that will turn out, we feel the same way about this year."
On making the deal with Jersey, "because of the position we are in it was less difficult. It was more important to get the best deal we could, we went through a bunch of scenarios for Michael Grabner, a few of them we liked and at the end of the day, Ray presented the best offer and we are in a position where that is what we need to do. It's probably not my favorite thing to do either, trade with the Bruins, having my history there but for Holden and Nash those are our best deals and that is where we are right now and that is our best course of action."
On the returns they have gotten, "I don't know how to answer that. If I say that it exceeded my expectations then I would say that I am doing a heck of a job, and if I didn't then I am not doing a good job. I think it has met our expectations. When we started down this and put a plan together, we attach a value to our players and we went to the market place and I don't think we asked for two much. In all of these cases I think we were able to get our prices. It's been about what we have expected."
On Rykov and Lindgren, "Rykov, it's pretty well documented that he has another year, like Shesterkin, same team, same kind of deal. Hopefully we will see him in April of 19. We like the way he plays the game, he is physical player, big player, can move the puck, he is a real competitor which is what we are looking for as we move forward to have all of those types to his game. As far as Lindgren, he's a little smaller but a game player, move a puck, jump into a play. In terms of when we see him, I haven't really talked to them yet. We will see but we like his character, we think that with how the game is played today that he fits in. He's been a good player at the World Junior against his peers and so has Rykov as well."
"there was a lot of discussion. As I mentioned when we did it, we talked about how as an organization we went to a certain point and had to look in the mirror and think of what was next. This is part of that. Is it daring, I don't know. I think we would argue that we are doing the right thing to move forward and go where we want to go."
On Spooner, "He's a talented player that can do a lot of things for you. He's good on the PP, he can play both wings, play center. His point production has been really solid on a really good team with really good players. Tonight he will get an opportunity to play, play more than he has played in a while."
On adding defensive prospects, "defense is an area where it's a very important piece of where we need to go as far as building our team. We need solid defensemen that can play the way the game is played today. That is part of it. I think that the other part is that, these teams that we trade with, we are trying to get the best prospects we can. This was a case of that where we had a player valued. We got two defensemen in the previous deals, why did you get another defenseman, basically he was a guy that we really liked for a while. As you go forward, lets say you have 10 NHL defenseman, maybe that gives you something to deal with going forward."
Is there a lot of work still to do before the deadline, "I think there s a lot of work that can be done, could be done. Will it get done? We will see. There is a lot of time for this, as we move forward there are other opportunities and times to make these kinds of deals. Right now we are less than 24 hours from the deadline, we will see what happens. There are other opportunities for us as we go forward."
Ilya Kovalchuk wants to return, "I can't talk about players on other teams."
"I believe so, there is a lot of conversation around the league and I think there will be a lot of movement tomorrow."
Will you be surprised if you don't do something else. "no. I would not be surprised."
On, "honestly, not a lot of response from the players. I don't think I'm necessarily somebody they want to see