Adam Graves was on TSN1050 earlier today and said the following about the Rangers:
- "I think that the one thing that is a common thread if you ask any of the players that have ever played for New York, right from the top - Jim Dolan - through the whole organization, they are committed to winning. The facility to the training staff, everything they do in New York is directed toward winning. The group that was together for the last dozen years was outstanding. From 2005 after the lockout, a group with great character, went to the conference finals, the Stanley Cup final. I think that is the evolution of hockey, guys get older and you have to continue to try to stay young."
- "You have seen it with Boston, you see the better teams in the league are teams that are young, it's a young mans game, it's a speed game. Chicago, when they won their first cup, Toews and Kane were 21 or 22, the same can be said for Crosby and Malkin. I think it tells you that you have to stay young, sometimes you want to be ahead of it a little bit and we are very fortunate in New York to have Henrik, a generational goalie, he has been outstanding since the day he stepped into the net in 2005. He has set pretty much every record that the Rangers hold and his competitiveness, how he carries himself. He's just an incredible guy and though he doesn't wear the "C" all the guys look up to. He gives you a chance to win every game. After the deadline he had two back to back 50 save performances in Vancouver and Calgary and won. He is committed, loves wearing that jersey, is very proud, loves being a New Yorker."
- "I think that Jeff Gorton is a sharp guy, with Glen Sather. It started last year with Stepan being moved to Phoenix, he's a heck of a player and great character guy. McDonagh, our captain, who I think is going to do fantastic in Tampa, and JT Miller. Rick Nash, what a classy guy that he is, I think it's giving them a chance to play on contenders, you just have to look at the standings and for us as an organization it allows us to move forward and get back to where we want to be and make it over the top this time."