9/6/18 | Jeff Gorton told Larry Brooks that they have seen the returning veteran players all play at a higher level than they did last year and that "there is nobody in the room who can't be better." (NY Post)
Gorton said that it will be on the veteran Rangers to show they belong just a much as the young players. (NY Post)
9/3/18 | While speaking about the players in the Rangers organization, Jeff Gorton said that there are guys on the roster who are "trying to emerge" and show that they are better than what people think. (NHL.com)
Of those players, Gorton said "it's their time." (NHL.com)
Gorton said that when he looks at the Rangers roster he looks at names and thinks that "this guy can be better, we can get more out of this guy." (NHL.com)
He said that he thinks "everybody here has something to prove." (NHL.com)
Gorton said after the season ended that there was a level of disappointment that he had with some of the players and how they performed this past season.
David Quinn said that the veterans on the Rangers will "drive the bus" and that there are a bunch of players coming back this season that "hat maybe didn't have the years that they wanted to have last year and they're looking to rebound." (NHL.com)
He added "we're asking the guys that are coming back, the veterans, to do the things they've done that have allowed them to have success at the NHL level. We're not asking a guy who has only scored 25 goals in a season in his career to score 40. We're asking the guys to do the things they've already done at this level and be consistent with it." (NHL.com)
Adam Rotter: When you look at the Rangers roster for this season there is likely going to be a lot of youth but also a number of experienced players looking to solidify their spot in this rebuild. There are obviously a ton of questions around Kevin Hayes, but this is a big year for Jimmy Vesey, it could be big for Vlad Namestnikov and Ryan Spooner and while Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider seem like they are entrenched, the organization will be looking for them to take steps. There is also Henrik Lundqvist who is certainly looking to rebound, Kevin Shattenkirk to show he was worth all the hype and high cap hit and Brendan Smith, who played himself out of the NHL last year. The Rangers tore down a bunch last year and depending on how a number of these players perform, could look at doing it again and opening up more spots for young players.