While speaking with the media earlier this week, Jeff Gorton said that he was disappointed with some of the players the Rangers had in the lineup after the trade deadline.
Gorton said, "there are certain players, and I won't name any of them, that I would be disappointed in and that I will talk to in our meetings tomorrow. The opportunity to play in NY and play for the Rangers is special and I expect that players would understand that and play that way and those are the players we want moving forward."
He said that he was looking forward to spending time with the players in their exit meetings and finding out how they felt their games were, especially after the deadline, and gain any insight into the season.
Adam Rotter: The first player that jumps out is Vlad Namestnikov. There was the defense of of him being with one team for so long and going from a good team to a bad team but Ryan Spooner did the same, and while he went quiet for a stretch, Spooner had 16 points in 20 games. Pavel Buchnevich is another as he was put all over the lineup and only netted 1 goal in the 25 games from February 1 to the end of the season. In that time Buchnevich only had 38 shots in 25 games and while he created offense without being rewarded, more was expected as the Rangers opened up more spots in the lineup. Jimmy Vesey picked his game up for a time down the stretch but overall the Rangers needed more from him. Buchnevich and Vesey will likely be back and given the chance to consistently play a bigger role under a new coach. Namestnikov could be moved as the Rangers try to move up in the draft or create a package that lands them a player that fits better with where the Rangers are going.