David Quinn said recently that when he gathers the team together at the start of training camp one of the main things he will bring up first is "defense." (MSG)
Quinn said that playing good defense is "a want" and that "you can be a good defensive player if you determine that is what you want to be." (MSG)
He has said previously that the style he wants to play is a "pressure, puck possession game that is built around defense."
Quinn said that the Rangers need to work on getting better each day and that the focus will be on getting everyone on the same page and understanding that "the answers are within the walls of our locker room."
Adam Rotter: Team defense can hide some of the warts that the individual players have and that is what the Rangers really need to buy into. They had that, maybe too much, when John Tortorella was coach and, at times, had the exact opposite under Alain Vigneault. The Rangers need a system that will put Henrik Lundqvist in the best chance to succeed which should then lead to more wins. Individually the Rangers have some youth and question marks on defense, but if the forwards help out and smart plays are made, the Rangers will look like a much better hockey team and hopefully spend a lot less time in their own end.