Jeff Gorton met with the media on Thursday and said (NYR):
- On Andersson "with Lias, it's a decision that we made that when we looked at the roster and where he fit in with the roster, he needs to go play and play in the top-six on his club team. He needs to go to Frolunda and play PP and PK and right now we just didn't see that happening here. For an 18 year old player, we want them playing."
- On Chytil, "it's a little bit different right now. He's going to play with some pretty good players and he is here and we will see what he can do with it....in his case we will go day by day and see where it takes us, right now he has earned the right to be here like the rest of the guys."
- On the situation with Andersson, "Europeans are a little different, you have access to bring him back. Our plan is to send him back to play there the whole year, that is the plan right now, things change but at 18 he needs to go play and not think about the Rangers right now, think about getting his ice time and he will be in the World Juniors and all of that."
- On Paul Carey, "I think that the last week or so he has stepped up and played pretty well. He looks like he can be a pretty versatile guy for us, play both sides, can play center, he can kill penalties, skates really well. I would say that in the last week he has separated himself and put himself on the team for now."
- On the young guys in camp, "we always talk about that, it's something we need, every organization needs that, it's a faster game and you need young players pushing veteran guys and I think we had that in our camp and that a lot of guys are close and could be here, but in certain situations we just need guys playing and getting better. "
- What does Chytil need to do to stay, "just be a positive, have a positive effect on his game and his wingers and we will evaluate him day to day, he knows that, we had a conversation and explained it to him. As long as he is playing well, when you are 18 years old and playing in your own zone and down low it can be stressful and we will be watching that closely and he is with two guys who are experienced right now that can help him."
- On Matt Puempel, "with Matt it's a case of, I think Carey played well and earned a spot. I think Matt was okay but didn't stand out enough with what we were looking for. The PKing played a part in it. For him, we will see what happens, he is on waivers today and if he clears we will do everything we can to get his game at top level and see if we can get him back here."