Ondrej Pavelec said that he didn't expect to sign a contract with a new team until the middle of July and was surprised that he ended up with the Rangers on the first day of free agency. (ISport)
He said that the two sides didn't have "major discussions" and that it was "two calls and it was done." (ISport)
Pavelec said that he was giving himself until July 15th to sign with a team or he was going to think about playing in Europe, he had an offer from the KHL, or possibly retiring all together. (ISport)
He said that he is excited to join the Rangers and that he has heard from others that they are a "top organization," with tradition and where "everything is taken care of." (ISport)
Pavelec said that he understands his role with the Rangers as the backup to Henrik Lundqvist but will be happy playing between 10 and 20 games. (ISport)
He said that he spoke in general terms about the Rangers with Petr Nedved, Marty Rucinsky and Petr Prucha and that all praised the organization at the "highest level."