Kevin Shattenkirk said that he is "very" excited to play under David Quinn again and said that Quinn "is someone who really fits the bill perfectly for us in what we need to do moving forward."
Shattenkirk said that Quinn had a "huge impact" on his career and helped develop him not just in their three-years together at BU but also at the start of Shattenkirk's pro career in Lake Erie.
He said that Quinn took him as a raw player in college and helped develop him to succeed at the next level. (NYR)
Shattenkirk noted that he and Quinn have stayed in touch and that Quinn has reached out with critiques or thoughts on where his game needs work.
Quinn said that he and Shattenkirk would talk maybe once a month but the two never discussed the possibility of being together again.
Shattenkirk said that hopefully I am someone he can lean on to get a pulse of the team and be a leader for this team and help the guys know what direction we are going in."
Shattenkirk while speaking with Al Trautwig on MSG,"from a confidence stand point he will be on top of me to make sure I get back to the level of play that everyone expects from me and that is important for me. Someone who really drives you and knows how good you can be, and I think that having that confidence will be crucial for me to get back to my game."
On Shattenkirk's season last year, Quinn said, "I think he put a little too much pressure on himself, he had the knee issue, and I think he is really excited about a new slate for himself, no matter who the coach is. He has a year under his belt, feels great physically, and we are certainly expecting big things out of him this year."
Adam Rotter: The Shattenkirk/Quinn relationship will hopefully pay dividends for the Rangers in the way that the Brad Richards/John Tortorella relationship helped the Rangers start their most recent run of success. Hopefully Quinn and Shattenkirk stay together and don't have the same kind of break up that Tortorella and Richards did in 2013. Quinn is all about building relationships with his players but as he adjusts to the role of being an NHL head coach, Shattenkirk will likely play a role in helping him develop those relationships. Shattenkirk and Quinn have won together before and hopefully they can, in their different roles, get the Rangers back into a position where they can win together again.