- "I'll tell ya, I have never coached a more determined and if I can use the word defiant. Early on he was told no and played fourth line minutes. Not picked in the expansion draft, all those things. He became more determined and that determination turned him into an All-Star and a star in our game."
- "It's a great story, not just for hockey but for people in general and how you handle situations and for the smaller stature players he is a great role model. If you think you can do it, it doesn't matter what your build is, what is going on, it's what is inside of you."
On Marty being a smaller player and scoring when it was tough, "I had had the privilege to be there and I just watched him. Such a great role model for a kid coming into the organization. We were just building that organization at that time. The intangible, you get locked into the skill set and speed and all that, but the intangible, the mental toughness, that is very hard to find and very hard to measure and he stands for it all. The intangible of being a pro and an All-Star in this game.'
Hall of Fame, "I'm not sure he will make it but he is a Hall of Famer. Almost point per game, played in big games, made big plays in big games, has a Stanley Cup ring, with the Rangers had a couple of whacks at it. In my mind and I might not be objective, I got to see it up close f or 6-7 years so there is no question. Some of the voting with that gets a little crazy but he is a Hall of Famer."
Would he come out of retirement, "I'm not so sure. I don't want to speculate on a guy in this situation. Marty is always going to have fire. He is such a competitive guy. I think that he wants to really be involved with his family, I just don't see it happening and that is just me in conversations with him and knowing how important his kids are at this stage of his life. I think he has probably thought that through. I know 2-3 teams were knocking on his door even through free agency but he thought it out, spent a lot of time talking about it, I think he has made his decision and I respect him for it. A lot of guys hang on and hang on and it turns pretty ugly where it probably wasn't the proper way to go. I don't think he is happy with his last year with the Rangers, especially in the playoffs but he is leaving on his terms and as one of the best players in the NHL."