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."
On Shattenkirk, "Not stunned, very excited. You knew that there was a chance with this being his hometown and certanily our need to try and add players who can help us win."
More on Shattenkirk, "just the message he sent about wanting to play here so bad and I'm sure he could have taken this or that from other teams for more term but vocally he said his love for wanting to play here in New York and when a guy does that you know he will put forth all of his efforts to be the best he can for our team. He's a great guy off the ice and I've played with him at different US events. He wants to come in and play to his strengths and be part of our locker room."
Rick Nash said that the Rangers got a lot younger and faster but they will have some tough shoes to fill, especially when it comes to leadership."