Rangers coach David Quinn was on NHL Tonight on the NHL Network and said:
- Have you ever coached someone as handsome as Henrik Lundqvist, (big laugh) "Probably not. It's a very high bar. I'm very secure in my masculinity and I have not coached anyone more handsome than Hank.
- On having Henrik Lundqvist, "it makes our whole situation a little easier when you have a goalie off that caliber in your net. Obviously we are in a bit of a different situation than we have been in the last 3-4 years and the trades we made at the deadline and the youth movement and having Hank in net makes it a little bit easier."
- On the most intriguing aspect, "the young talent and the direction they are going. My relationship with Jeff and Chris goes back a long way and through the process, the more we talked and the more we seemed to be on the same page. The direction the organization is going in, the patience level, and at the end off the day, making everyone better on a daily basis made it so attractive to me in so many ways. As Vegas has proved, there are a lot of good players that are young and in the league and a lot can change. That said, we know we have a lot of work ahead of us and it's not going to be easy but there is certainly a lot of optimism within the organization."
- Have you watched games from last season, "I've started watching some games from this past year. I think it's important for me to have somewhat of an idea of what I am getting into and what we were at at the end of the year and getting some familiarity with the players coming back. That said, they will all be judged by what I watch in September, October, November and all the way through to April. Guys get better, I don't care how old you are, 24 or 34, you gotta continue to strive to get better on a daily basis. That is something we will all strive for. Watching some of the games from last year will give me a base of where we are at."
- On his coaching experience, "you know what amazes me in my career? No matter what level I have been at, coaching the US National Program, college, the AHL and the NHL, it's the same problems. It really amazes me that the same problems I had with 16 or 17 year olds are the same problems with 25 or 35-year olds. Maybe they don't happen as often but it's just hockey. How you manage people is a big piece of it and how you deliver your message, knowing the personalities on the roster, how to push buttons, how to lean on a guy, when to back off a guy. No matter what level you are at, it's all the same, you are dealing with human beings and that is a pivotal part of being a successful coach, I believe."
- What was the bonus you signed with the Minnesota North Stars, "zero. I'm the poorest first rounder you have ever talked to in your life. My career ended at 20, I was diagnosed with hemophilia so I never got a chance to sign an NHL contract but I wouldn't change my life for anything. I've loved coaching and I am getting to the NHL at 52 instead of 22."
- On Kevin Shattenkirk, "Shatty and I have continued a great friendship, that is one of the great things about coaching college hockey, you don't just have the relationship with the player when you coach them, they are life long relationships. Shatty and I have maintained a close friendship ever since he left BU and I coached him in Lake Erie for a month and a half and we had lunch right after the press conference and we talked about this past year and I asked if he thought it was more physical or mental. He had the knee issue and obviously he got that fixed toward the end of the year and when you step into the situation that he stepped into, I think it was a little bit of both. I think he put a little too much pressure on himself, he had the knee issue, and I think he is really excited about a new slate for himself, no matter who the coach is. He has a year under his belt, feels great physically, and we are certainly expecting big things out of him this year."
- Will you be tougher on the BC players, (laugh) "absolutely, absolutely. There is no shame in that. I already told Kreider and Hayes, they know, they know. They know the lay off the land, absolutely (laugh)."