It's pretty cool. I wasn't really expecting this to happen, we were getting ready to leave to go back to Geneva at the end of July and this fell into my lap and it was hard to say no and it's a pretty cool thing. I am looking forward to it."
Did you think your NHL career was over, "You always have the hope and when I first went there I thought that maybe I would start there and see what happens but we have two girls and we started to enjoy it and the kids were doing good, loved it, and made friends and as the season went on I got used to it and the NHL was out of my mind and I signed an extension there for two years. My focus was going back to Europe and enjoying my time there and putting everything else behind me. With the Rangers, my agent had talked to them the last few years but there was never anything solid in terms of a deal or anything like that. This happened last minute and for myself I thought it was my last chance to maybe get back and play in the NHL."
Why the Swiss league, "it was more of a lifestyle change decision more than anything. I bounced around the last few years and it was a lot for my family and we heard a lot of great things about Switzerland and the quality of life and I had a conversation with the coaches in Geneva and one of the owners Chris McSorely reached out and sold me on Geneva and it was a tough decision at first. It was in August and I wasn't sure what was going on. It didn't look like I was going to get an NHL contract and I wasn't sure I wanted to go to an NHL camp without a contract, I had to make a decision and it became a great move for the experience for me and my family. It was awesome, we loved it. There are only 12 teams in the league. The Swiss players are skilled and fast and it's a different game with the big ice and it's not as physical, not as many games so it's easier on the body but it's definitely, in terms of quality, real high."
Which style of play do you like better, "You go over there and everyone talks about the ice and it took me a while to adapt. You have more room but it's different and you go around a guy in North America and you have scoring chance and you do that in Europe and you are a mile away from the net and don't have that same scoring chance. You need to find a different way and teams that play defensively, it's harder to even get offensive opportunities on the big ice. You adapt to it but I am looking forward to getting back to the North American style.
Have you spoken with Alain Vigneault, "I haven't. Alain reached out yesterday and said that we would talk next week. I am looking forward to that and one of the reasons that I jumped on this was because they said there would be a good opportunity and the success they had this year was pretty amazing and to be part of a great team, it could be pretty special and the players they have, it's a pretty unique situation to come into."