Ryan McDonagh spoke with the media at Citi Field today after the Winter Classic press conference and said (SNY):
On the moves, "they are definitely tough decisions. Guys who have made a big impact on our team over the years and it's sad personally to see them leave, they are very close to me and my career and playing with Dan and learning from him when I was a rookie was a real pleasure."
On the team making changes, "at the same time you know that when an organization does make those tough decisions they are not willing to accept mediocre, so to speak. We made the playoffs and won one round but we are still trying to accomplish the main goal of winning the whole thing. We are bringing in some guys that are very versatile, specifically on the back end, we have guys that are mobile and can play the offensive side, defensive side and should be very exciting."