David Quinn said during his press conference that he felt he could stay as head coach of BU forever but that joining Jeff Gorton, Chris Drury and the Rangers was "really the only situation" where he would leave.
Quinn said that teams have reached out to him in the past but that when the call from the Rangers came "it was just different than the others."
He added, "his is the pinnacle of our profession, coaching the Rangers. The relationship with Jeff and Chris and the direction the organization is going, the more time that passed and the more we talked, it just seemed like the right move for me."
- "The more we talked, the more this just seemed like a fit I could not pass up. Where we are at from a rebuild standpoint, the relationship with Jeff and Chris, the opportunity to talk freely, we all seemed like we were on the same page."
- "Through the process of talking with them, every time they said that this is something they were looking to do, instinctively I would say to myself that this is kind of my coaching DNA. As time went on it seemed like a more natural fit every time we spoke."
When asked about trying to recruit him to join the Rangers, Gorton said "at the end of the day it was Original Six, Rangers, a chance to coach in the NHL and at the end of day I think that is what he really wanted to do."
Gorton added, "it was difficult because he has a great job and any time someone, when you are talking to his friends and people that really know him, they say that he is never going to leave and why are you bothering. We stayed with it, I knew he always wanted to be an NHL head coach, I felt we had a connection going back. We tried to back off, we approached him, backed off to give him some time to make those decisions and I completely understand where he is coming from and appreciate BU letting him go."
Adam Rotter: There was a feeling throughout the Rangers coaching search that while they were interested in Quinn and had him high on their list, more likely than not Jim Montgomery was going to be the only head coach leaving the NCAA this year. The connection Quinn has to BU, the players he's been able to recruit and the team he has been able to put together was thought to be too much for him to leave. That appeared to play out with reports that Quinn rejected one, maybe two, offers from the Rangers and the belief that he was telling friends he would stay at BU. The Rangers persisted, used their deep connections to Quinn and ultimately, along with the five-year commitment and $12-million, and chance to win the Rangers, convinced him to leave. Now the Rangers have a coach that they hope will spend as much time with them as he intended to spend at BU.