- On day 1 of camp, "looks good, all the kids are in shape, ready to go. For a lot of them it's a lot of travel and they are tired but it's good, first impressions are all good so far."
- On seeing the 3 first rounders, "K'Andre is going out now, I think, so we will see in a minute but for why we took them, skill, speed, competitiveness, character, all the things we are trying to look for and rebuild around, we feel that they all have those characteristics so that is what sticks out the most."
- How many guys at this camp do you think can be on the roster, "when you are looking at the two first rounders from last year, they will give it a go and be close. We signed a few Euro free agents in Lindqvist and Meskanen that we like a lot. There is so much time now, but we will never stop anybody from doing it if they are good enough. We will let it play itself out this summer and see how they do."
- On rushing players, "we want young kids to make it and do well but we won't put them in a tough spot, if they are not ready we aren't going to put them in, won't force them in there. We will take our time and it's the right thing to do for the players, for the team, for us. We will take it day to day and see where we go."
- On seeing the prospects from the trades, "if you go back 12 months and all the pieces we added and young players we brought in, it's a lot. We are putting it on the board today as far as what we added, if you start with Filip and Lias and then Hajek and Howden and Lindgren, and then the three first rounders and some other players. There are a lot of young players there, a lot to digest. It suggests that our future is bright and we have a lot of good players. When you talk to other teams around the league and GMs are telling you about it's good and makes you feel good about where you are going."
- On K'Andre, "very intriguing, you look at the whole package, size, skating, the fact that he plays hard, that he likes to jump in the play, it sounds redundant with Hajek but they have a lot of similar qualities. With K'Andre it's that he is just learning a new position and has show well so early is what really attracted everyone to him. Like I mentioned at the draft, his upside is really good and there is a lot of it and we don't really know how far he can push it. It's going to be exciting where he can take it."
- Will you go after a back up goalie, "I think we are still trying to figure that out, with free agency, we will go in and look at people and see the prices and availability. At the same time we do like Mazanec a lot and Georgiev, last year he showed a lot and those are two guys we are looking at as well. We will see what is out there but we are happy with those two."
- On Lundkvist playing in Sweden next year, "there are so many Lundqvist's and LIndqvist's that you had to make me think here of the defenseman, Nils. If you look at the track record of younger players in Sweden, sometimes it's best for them to stay over there. He was in the elite league already and that is the best course for him, he played a lot of minutes, is one of the younger guys who actually played a lot of minutes. We are encouraged with where he is at and going."
- On Kravtsov's situation for this season, "it's a little premature to give you a great answer. In our conversations with him and his agent, he does want to be over here sooner than later. We are going to watch him closely this week and see what our options will be there. I'm not gonna rule anything out now. He is a really talented kid but he is a kid and we will see where he is going to be."
- On what goes into the decision of where Kravtsov plays, "that is a tough one. You look at if he is doing well and playing well there, do we leave him over there to develop or should we put him on a smaller sheet of ice now and under our control, wherever that may be, English, all of that that goes into it. A lot of different factors go into this one. It's a little too premature, I know his agent is coming out here at the end of the week and we will go from there."
- On Lias Andersson, "When Lias flew through France, his connection, his equipment and luggage didn't make it. We had to get him clothes from other people and right now we are waiting for his equipment to show up."
- On if Chytil's situation reminds you of Kravtsov's, "I think it's similar. All situations are different and that when Filip came here he had shown an interest in coming here, whether he wanted to go to Juniors or not, he started thinking about playing in Hartford, he liked the idea, his agent liked the idea and if he was under our control we could control his schedule and nutrition and English. It has really worked out well for him and I think that is something we look at with Kravtsov's."
- On Libor Hajek wanting to make the team, "that would be great, something that this organization could really use, especially on defense. What we like about him is his character, skill, that he can eat minutes, can PK, PP. We love his character and how he plays, going to the front of the net is something that he makes you pay a price for, jumping into the play is something that he can do, a very well rounded player, high character, he really wants to be good, evidenced by that statement. If he comes to camp and is close and is ready and pushing, we will keep giving him rope and see far he can take it."
- He can go to Hartford, "he and Howden are ready to turn pro."
- Where will K'Andre play next season, "he's going to Wisconsin, we have talked to him about that, we talked to his coach Tony Granato, who we have a great relationship with. We are comfortable with that, their assistant that handles the defense, we have had a lot of success with him, he has turned in a lot of NHL players, really comfortable with where he is going and for where he will be at next year."
- Was K'Andre on your radar before going to defense, "no, I'd say that when he switched to defense he went up. Thinking of him as a first rounder, once he turned to D he had that meteoric rise for what he was doing."
- On stockpiling defense, "I think that when you look and are trying to build your franchise and prospect pool, everyone talks about centers and D. There is an emphasis there and we had a number of centers from last year and with Howden and on D, specifically dealing with the Bruins and Tampa, we saw some D that we liked and obviously at the draft, in our position, we liked defense in this draft a lot."
- Have you spoken with any free agents, "we have talked to a lot of them, a lot of that going on right now."
- Does free agency put trade chatter on hold, "I would say, we have had some conversations that have carried over. A lot of people are focused on free agency and maybe having people come in might take a little bit away from that."
- What are your expectations for free agency, "the expectations is that we will have opportunities for young kids. We want to add a few guys, some character players that can come in and teach these guys the ropes and that have a pretty good pedigree to come here and help us."
- Is Sean Day someone who can be ready, "he has all kinds of talent, looks as fit as he ever has. Great skating ability, he has all the tools."
- On talking to the players who were traded, "we are going to talk to those guys, see where they are at and what their interests are.'
Corey Pronman of The Athletic put together his top 10 list of members of the Rangers organization that are 23 and younger.
Filip Chytil (18) is ranked first on the list followed by Pavel Buchnevich (23), Vitali Kravtsov (18), Lias Andersson (19) and Igor Shesterkin (22). (The Athletic)
Pronman says that he thinks Buchnevich's best days are still ahead of him. (The Athletic)
The Hockey News has released their Pool Guide for this season and it has the following projections for the Rangers:
- Pavel Buchnevich: 23 goals, 35 assists
- Kevin Hayes: 17 goals, 26 assists
- Chris Kreider: 21 goals, 25 assists
- Vlad Namestnikov: 15 goals, 25 assists
- Kevin Shattenkirk: 11 goals, 35 assists
- Brady Skjei: 5 goals, 25 assists
- Ryan Spooner: 15 goals, 26 assists
- Mika Zibanejad: 23 goals, 27 assists
- Mats Zuccarello: 18 goals, 48 assists
They project Jimmy Vesey to end up with 37 points, Flip Chytil with 32 and Lias Andersson with 26.
7/24/18 | Penguins coach, and former Rangers assistant, Mike Sullivan said that the Rangers are getting a "really good coach" in David Quinn. (NHL.com)
Sullivan and Quinn were teammates at BU in the late 80s and Sullivan aid that the Rangers are getting a "real competitive guy" that will "build relationships" and get the most out of players. (NHL.com)
He added that Quinn is a "real good coach, a good teacher. I think he's going to bring that to the table at the pro level with the young Rangers team." (NHL.com)
Sullivan said that Quinn's "biggest strength" is how he builds relationships and brings a love and passion of hockey to the rink every day. (NHL.com)
8/15/18 | Quinn said that a captain "emerges" and that the Rangers don't want to "put a burden on somebody" that isn't ready for the role. (NHL.com)
Quinn said that it will take care of itself and that someone will either separate themselves from the pack and show that they should be captain, "or it won't."(NHL.com)
8/13/17 | David Quinn said that talk about who will be the next Rangers captain is "on the back-burner" and he wants to wait until the team is assembled. (MSG)
Brady Skjei said recently that he thinks he will play more minutes this season and that all of the young Rangers have a "chance to step up." (NHL.com)
Skjei said, "we have a lot of guys that can really prove themselves this year, and I'm excited for that." (NHL.com)
He averaged 21:02 overall last season and in the 50 games prior to the All-Star break he averaged 19:57 and in the 32 games after he averaged 22:42.
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Rangers first round pick Vitali Kravtsov scored a first period goal for Traktor in a KHL preseason game on Wednesday.
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Rangers first round pick Vitali Kravtsov scored a first period goal for Traktor in a KHL preseason game on Tuesday.
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The Athletic's Scott Wheeler put together his list of the Top 50 drafted prospects in the NHL.
The only Ranger to make the list was Filip Chytil at 23. (The Athletic)
On Chytil, Wheeler writes that Chytil projects more as a second line center than a first line center but that he is someone that "loves" to have the puck on his stick and, despite his size, has a "fluid, light stride" and more agility than "you'd expect." (The Athletic)
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Mats Zuccarello scored three goals in the charity game that he and Henrik Lundqvist put together in Norway.
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Henrik Lundqvist said that he hopes Mats Zuccarello is part of the Rangers plans moving forward.(VG)
Lundqvist said that Zuccarello adds a lot to the team on and off the ice and sets an example with his work ethic. (VG)
Zuccarello is entering the final-year of a four-year deal that has a cap hit of $4.5 million.
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Chris Kreider said that he is feeling "really good" this summer and is continuing to stay at a lower weight like he did when he returned last season. (Salem News)
- He said in June that he was feeling 110%.
- Kreider missed time due to a blood clot and rib resection surgery last year.
Kreider said that he played at around 230 pounds prior to his injury last season and that now he is under 220 but still feels "really strong." (Salem News)
He noted that the lighter weight could help him be more mobile and "quicker to an extent." (Salem News)
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Henrik Lundqvist and Mats Zuccarello are putting on an outdoor charity game in Oslo. Norway this season.
In addition to Zuccarello and Lundqvist, some of the other NHLers expected to play include Filip Forsberg, Roman Josi, Mattias Ekholm, Derick Brassard, Carl Hagelin, Antti Raanta, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Victor Hedman, Ryan McDonagh,William Nylander, Zdeno Chara, Artem Anisimov.
To see the full list, click HERE.
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Today is the 30th Anniversary of Wayne Gretzky's trade from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings.
Gretzky was traded to LA for a package that included Jimmy Carson, Martin Gelinas, three future first-round (traded to NJ for Corey Foster, Marty Rucinsky, Nick Stajduhar) draft picks and $15 million.
Vinni Lettieri scored off the rush tonight in his game in Minnesota summer league Da Beauty League.
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Craig Custance took a look at the Capitals, how their roster fit into five categories and then compared that to the rest of the teams in the Metro. (The Athletic)
The criteria he looked at included "great centers," "a game breaker," "offensive defenseman," "playoff experience" and "size." (The Athletic)
Custance notes that the Rangers have had "good" but not "great" centers lately and that the hope is that they will be able to find a "great" center during their rebuild." (The Athletic)
New Rangers assistant coach David Oliver was a 7th round pick of the Edmonton OIlers in 1991 and after playing four years at the University of Michigan, he played half a season for the Oilers in 1994-95.
Oliver then spent the next season and part of another with the Oilers before joining the Rangers for 14 regular season and 3 playoff games at the end of the 1996-97 season.
Edmonton's GM throughout Oliver's entire time in the Oilers organization was current Rangers President Glen Sather.
Henrik Lundqvist is on the ice practicing ahead of this weekend's outdoor charity game in Norway with Mats Zuccarello.
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Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy, who played at BU under David Quinn for two seasons, said that he couldn't be happier that Quinn is now the head coach of the Rangers. (The Athletic)
McAvoy praised Quinn for "the way that he cares" and said that Quinn was around to help him with extra video, one on one meetings and how his game was going.(The Athletic)
He added that Quinn "did so much" for me." (The Athletic)
8/1/18| Jeff Gorton said that Chris Kreider is not a "young player anymore" and that right now he is in his "prime years." (MSG)
Gorton said that because of Kreider's experience and stature with the team he will be a good player for the young Rangers to "lean on" and added that he feels Kreider is "ready for that role." (MSG)
Kreider, 27, has played in 381 regular season games and 77 playoff games in his NHL career.
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Former Rangers associate coach Scott Arniel has joined the Washington Capitals as an assistant coach to Todd Reirden.
Arniel was with the Rangers for the past five seasons as part of Vigneault's staff.
Jeff Gorton said recently that while the Rangers want their "young kids" to make the team and "do well" they aren't going to be putting any of them in a "tough spot."
Gorton said, "if they are not ready we aren't going to put them in, won't force them in there. We will take our time and it's the right thing to do for the players, for the team, for us."
When he was asked at development camp which players he thinks could make the team, he pointed to Filip Chytil and Lias Andersson as well as European free agents Michael Lindqvist and Ville Meskanen.
Gorton added that the Rangers won't stop anyone from making the team if they are "good enough."
Libor Hajek's coach in the WHL, John Paddock, said that he is close to being NHL ready, could compete for a roster spot next season and also has the ability to be a "top-four defenseman in the league for a long-time." (Newsday & NY Post)
- Hajek has said that he intends to make the Rangers out of training camp.
Paddock describes Hajek, a left hand shot, as "low maintenance" and is a "real good, solid, all-around player who does a lot of things well." (NYRangers.com)
He added that Hajek was like a "sponge' and always doing extra work and talking to coaches about how to become a better player. (NYRangers.com)
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Kevin Shattenkirk said that he is "very" excited to play under David Quinn again and said that Quinn "is someone who really fits the bill perfectly for us in what we need to do moving forward."
Shattenkirk said that Quinn had a "huge impact" on his career and helped develop him not just in their three-years together at BU but also at the start of Shattenkirk's pro career in Lake Erie.
He said that Quinn took him as a raw player in college and helped develop him to succeed at the next level. (NYR)
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Shumakov, 25, is reportedly holding out from CSKA Moscow due to promises that were not kept and that he has offers from other teams. (Championat)
He is supposed to be heading into the second-year of a three-year deal with CSKA and he had 40 points in 47 games last season.
Mika Zibanejad was Jeff Gorton's answer when he was asked which player needs to take a step offensively this season. (NHL Network)
Gorton said, "Mika has to go to another level offensively for us to compete for a playoff spot." (NHL Network)
Gorton added, "I think he has all the tools, at times he shown he can be a number one center, he can play against some of the better players in the league, defend and offensively push and PP is a threat, he is one guy that really jumps out to me that if he has a big year we should be competing for a playoff spot." (NHL Network)
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Over the weekend the Rangers signed 24-year old defenseman Brady Skjei to a six-year deal worth $5.25 million per season.
On Monday the Rangers signed 26-year old Kevin Hayes to a one-year deal worth $5.125 million.
On Tuesday, the Rangers came to terms with Ryan Spooner, 26, on a two-year deal that has a cap hit of $4 million per season.
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With the signing of Kevin Hayes on Monday, the Rangers only have one arbitration case, Ryan Spooner on 8/4, remaining.
According to Cap Friendly, the Rangers have $9.67 in cap space right now but that includes Matt Beleskey, Cody McLeod and Peter Holland up front and Brendan Smith, Rob O'Gara and Steven Kampfer on defense.
On a roster that has all of the above players in Hartford but adds Filip Chytil, Lias Andersson and Neal Pionk, the Rangers have just over $12 million in cap space.
The Rangers currently have 45 contracts signed on their 50 contract list and 69 out of 90 spots taken on their reserve list.
5:42PM: Hayes' contract is worth $5.125 million, a number that Larry Brooks calls "surprisingly high."
5:39PM: Kevin Hayes will avoid arbitration with the Rangers and sign a one-year deal worth just over $5 million. (Elliotte Friedman)
Hayes will be a UFA after next season.
Reports circulated over the weekend that Hayes and the Rangers were running into issues on a long-term deal and that a one-year deal was the most likely solution.
Following the last game of the Rangers season, Henrik Lundqvist spoke about how the last few months of the season were about "learning and new experiences" but that next season is about "winning games and getting back into the playoffs." (NYR)
- Lundqvist said before the end of the season that next season had to be about winning for the Rangers.
Lundqvist said that the Rangers need to set a goal right away that if you are on the team you are there to make a difference. (NYR)
He said that he thinks the Rangers can turn things around quickly with the experience that some of the young players got as well as with other moves the team can make. (NYR)
7/29/18 | Rick Carpiniello, of The Athletic, confirms that there is a "significant gap in contract talks and that if Hayes signs a one-year deal it's likely he will be traded before being a UFA next summer.
7/28/19 | According to Larry Brooks, Kevin Hayes is likely to sign a one-year deal with the Rangers that would allow him to be a UFA next summer. (NY Post)
He writes that there has been "little traction" in talks for a long-term deal and that Hayes is believed to be seeking a deal between $5.5 million and $6 million for five or six-years. (NY Post)
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7/29/18 | Namesnikov said that he has not yet spoken with David Quinn and doesn't know if the plan is for him to start the season at center or at wing. (NHL.com)
He said that he has to earn his ice time and that he is looking forward to the "fresh start." (NHL.com)
Namestnikov said that he thinks he has had a "long, productive summer," skating in suburban Detroit, and just needs to "keep it up." (NHL.com)
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The Rangers have announced that Brady Skjei has avoided arbitration and signed a six-year contract.
The deal is worth $5.25 million per season. (Johnston)
It was suggested earlier in the offseason that the Rangers could sign Skjei to a long-term deal in the same way that they had previously signed Marc Staal and Ryan McDonagh to long-term deals.
Skjei was slated to become a UFA in three season.
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7/27/18 | On the NHL Network on Thursday, they had the lines projected as:
- Kreider, Zibanejad, Zuccarello
- Namestnikov, Hayes, Buchnevich
- Vesey, Chytil, Fast
- Cody McLeod, Andersson, Spooner
7/21/18 | At NHL.com, Dan Rosen projects the Rangers lineup to start the season as:
- Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad, Pavel Buchnevich
- Vlad Namestnikov, Filip Chytil, Mats Zuccarello
- Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Hayes, Jesper Fast
- Ryan Spooner, Lias Andersson, Michael Lindqvist
He has Brady Skjei paired with Kevin Shattenkirk, Marc Staal with Neal Pionk and Brendan Smith with Fredrick Claesson. (NHL.com)
7/26/18 | Dave Maloney was on the NHL Network earlier today and said that Brendan smith has reportedly lost 15 pounds this offseason while training with Ben Prentiss in Connecticut.
Maloney said that Smith is in "tremendous shape" and could be someone who provides some veteran presence and snarl for the Rangers.
7/5/18 | Rangers will give Brendan Smith an opportunity to make the team
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USA Hockey announced today that Rangers first round pick K'Andre Miller will not take part in next weeks USA World Junior showcase due to illness.
Miller will play this season at the University of Wisconsin and could still play for Team USA at the World Juniors this winter.
The Hockey News said of Miller that the main word to describe him is "potential" and one scout said "he has a beautiful, powerful stride, and he's becoming a real stout defender. At the least, he'll be a minute-eater because he's such a great athlete. I love his floor and I love his ceiling."
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Jeff Gorton said in June that he believes the Rangers have internal options, Alexander Georgiev and Martin Mazanec, to back up Henrik Lundqvist this coming season.
Gorton said this week that Georgiev looked "good" during his time with the Rangers this past season but that when it comes to the back up situation right now, they will "let it all play out." (MSG)
Current UFA goalies include Kari Lehtonen, Steve Mason, last year's back up Ondrej Pavelec, Anders Lindback and Jeff Glass.
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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."
While speaking about the Rangers rebuild, GM Jeff Gorton said that he can see this as a "big year" for Pavel Buchnevich. (MSG)
Gorton said that David Quinn will bring in a new system for Buchnevich, and the team, to play, and that the Russian will have "bigger minutes. (MSG)
- As a rookie, Buchnevich had 8 goals, 12 assists and 13:16 per game in 41 games.
- Last season he had 14 goals and 29 assists and 15:01 per game in 74 games.
Gorton said that Buchnevich will be a "top-six forward" for a long time and should be able to build on the 43 point season he had last year. (MSG)
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While at development camp recently, Filip Chytil said that he wants to show the organization in training camp that he is ready to play in the NHL and ready to play in the Rangers top-six. (NYR)
Chytil said that he feels he can play against the best players in the NHL and said that he wants to improve in all areas of his game and "be better and be ready to play in the NHL." (NYR)
He said that he wants to spend all of next season in the NHL, felt that last year in the AHL was great and was able to receive a lot of support from everyone. (NYR)
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The Rangers have around $20 million in cap space depending on roster construction and have long been linked as a team that could possibly take on salary from a team.
Rangers coach David Quinn was a guest at Kevin Shattenkirk's wedding this week.
Quinn and Shattenkirk go back to when Shattenkirk was at BU and Quinn was an assistant coach.
Other Rangers in attendance included Kevin Hayes, Brady Skjei, Brendan Smith, Chris Kreider and Jimmy Vesey.
While working with the US National team in the early 2000s, David Quinn was named the 2003 USA Hockey Development Coach of the Year. (USA Hockey)
In that time he helped lead Team USA to first place finishes in three international tournaments. (USA Hockey)
While speaking with ESPN Radio after being hired, Quinn said that the key for him to get the best out of a player is to build a relationship and show that you care about them. (ESPN NY Radio)
Mika Zibanejad, Mats Zuccarello and Henrik Lundqvist all attended Jesper Fast's wedding earlier this week.
Jimmy Vesey was on NHL Tonight to discuss his new contract with the Rangers and said (NHL Network):
- On staying with the Rangers, "it's a good situation for both sides and glad it worked out. We are a new look team this year with a lot of youth and changes. Looking forward to somewhat of a fresh start and the guys in our room, everyone can be a little bit better and that will bode well for us."
- Where do you want to get better, "consistency for me has been big, I've had good stretches and then quieter stretches as well. I've gone from a younger guy on the team to pretty much one of the older guys. I want to step up my game and be more consistent and develop into a leader for this team."
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- Quinn said that if he was "better at geography" he would have visited Mats Zuccarello but he didn't realize that Norway was just a "hop away." (NY Post)
Quinn said that he has spoken with about 10 players so far and that the focus has been on getting to know each other, building a relationship and "getting onto the same page as far as clarifying our expectations of one another and as a team." (NY Post)
He said that he wants the players to believe that they can contend for the Stanley Cup and that if they work at that and buy in "people might be surprised at what we can accomplish collectively." (NY Post)