David Quinn was on Sirius XM earlier today and said:
- Why was this the right time, "I've been able to work in a lot of great places, none greater than BU. One of the great things about working at BU is that you get a lot of high-end talent, it's been like that for a long-time and this just seemed to check every box for me. I'm not getting any younger, I'm gonna be 52 this summer. The situation with the Rangers and my relationship with Jeff Gorton and Chris Drury, I probably couldn't have walked into a better situation in that aspect. Where they are as an organization and it's the NY Rangers. The longer this process went on, I wasn't looking to leave BU, I didn't want to leave BU, but sometimes in life opportunities pop up that are too good and this was one of them."
- When did you want to be an NHL coach, "it's funny, we all eventually want to coach in the NHL, it's the greatest league in the world, we are all competitive and want to challenge ourselves and reach the pinnacle of our profession. I was lucky yo be an assistant for one season with the Avalanche and a head coach in the AHL for three-years, so I did get a taste of what pro hockey was like and I really did enjoy it. The opportunity to go back to BU was special for me and something I wanted to take advantage of. Over the last 3-4 years we have had some high-end talent and that has opened the door for me with NHL teams and the opportunity to coach in the league. It's always in the back of your mind and one of the things holding me back to BU was that we haven't won a National Championship yet. We have come close and I think we will win one soon, but eventually you want to try your hand at being one of the 30 coaches in the NHL. This one was too good to pass up."
- What do you think the biggest challenge will be, "success certainly helps right out of the gate. I don't think my challenges will be any different than any first-time coach in the NHL. I have a feel for what pro hockey is about and I certainly plan on surrounding myself with good assistant coaches that have had experience. I think it's normal challenges of any first time coach in the NHL, whether you are coming from the NCAA, Major Juniors or American League. There is always a learning curve doing something for the first time and my challenges will be no different than any other first time coach."
- Is communication one of your strengths, "I think so. I've just never done it any other way, on top of what you are saying, how you are saying is equally important. There are different ways to send a message and sometimes you have to be a bit more stern in what you are saying and sometimes you need to be more understanding. Clarity is all a player wants and that has been the basis of my coaching philosophy. The sooner you can be honest with someone and tell them the truth the quicker they can correct the problem or continue to do the things they are doing well. It's equally important for what you are saying and I've always how you are saying it and it's something I try to keep that in mind when coaching somebody."
- On how quickly things can turn around, "There are a lot of good players out there, you see a lot in the league, forget the coaching change, the team struggles and then there are a couple of changes and guys within the organization just get better. People get better, if you are 24-years old there is a good chance you will be a better 25-year old. That is something we are going to focus on. We have good players in our organization and on our roster and if everyone gets a little bit better those one-goal losses turn into one-goal wins. It's such a fine line, winning and losing at that level, and if each guy can focus on being a little bit better than they were last year then everyone will be surprised at how much more success a team can have."
- On talking to any of the players, "I met with Shattenkirk today, he and I go way back from my recruiting him for BU, coaching him at BU and I even coached him in the AHL. I certainly plan on reaching out to Hank and some of the other veterans that are core and part of the leadership group. With the press conference last Thursday and the Memorial Day holiday weekend there wasn't a lot going on but it's certainly my first point of business over the next week or two, reach out to guys, introduce myself and start the ball with everyone on the same page."