5:59PM: Drury said that he has known Quinn since he was 15-years old and Quinn was playing on a team with Drury's brother Ted. (Newsday)
2:07PM: During his press conference on Thursday, David Quinn revealed that he has known Rangers GM Jeff Gorton for 25-years and assistant GM Chris Drury said that he and Quinn have known each other for nearly 30-years.
Quinn said that he, Gorton and Drury have always talked hockey but as things got more in-depth in the interview process it became clear that they were all on the same page and that joining the Rangers would be a "natural fit."
Quinn said that he and Drury would speak 2-3 times during the regular season and told him that he wasn't looking to leave BU. Quinn added that the more they talked recently the more they learned they were on the same page with everything. (Sportsnet)
Drury said that it's important that when everyone (coaches, management, scouts, owner) gets into a room it's important for everyone to "speak freely and honestly."
Quinn said, that the ability to "be on the same page and to have an open dialogue, when we start this, it was a huge piece of my decision."
Gorton said that he knew Quinn wanted to become an NHL head coach and that the Rangers strategy was to reach out, back off and give him time to make a decision.
Quinn said that everyone being on the same page and the direction and "clear picture" Gorton and Drury had for the future were big reasons for him coming abroad.
At the end of his opening remarks, Quinn said "At the end of the day, the more that we talked and the more that Jeff and I and Chris talked, it seemed like a natural fit. I'm 52-years old and at this point the opportunity to be coach of the Rangers was not an opportunity I could pass up. Everything aligned from where they are at to my relationship with Jeff and Chris and the support we get from Glen and Jim Schoenfeld. This was really the only situation I would have left BU for. With that being said, I am humbled and honored to be coach of the Rangers."