Rangers assistant GM Chris Drury met with the media following David Quinn's press conference on Thursday and said (SNY):
- "I'm really happy for him, proud of him that he has gotten to this point in his career and get this job. I know how hard he has worked, the jobs he has taken, the sacrifices he has made, he is extremely dedicated to his craft and I think it will show here. Professionally speaking I am really happy for the New York Rangers, I think we got a heck of a coach and an even better person."
- What will he bring, "he is a very passionate about the game, passionate about connecting on a personal level with people and players and that will come through with how we play and to the fans and how hard he works every day."
- On convincing him to leave BU, "we all did our part to answer any questions he had, thoughts our concerns. We laid it out for him as best we could, as honest as we could, we knew it would take an extremely special situation to leave BU and I think we provided that for him."
- "Knowing him for almost 30-years, if there ever was a spot and an opportunity, this would be it that he would consider and ultimately choose to do. We were glad we were able to provide him that opportunity as Rangers head coach."
- On being hands on, "this generation of players needs hands on. I think back to when I broke in 25-years ago, you were left to your own thoughts and 'figure it out kid" mentality. They want feedback, they want to be taught, held accountable. It's 82 games, not 42 games, so he will have to learn to ebb and flow with that but I think he is perfect for what we are looking for."
- On his skillset for dealing with New York, "I think you saw a taste of it in the press conference, straightforward, honest person. That is how he handles himself and I don't think there will be any issues dealing with that. He will be honest and a stand up guy all around."
- On how sought after he was, "we were certainly not the only team calling, not just this year but in years past. Knowing that he did have other choices and was not pursuing them and was just talking to us and having MSG and NYC and Mr. Dolan behind the rebuild was very attractive with him."
- On the relationship they have with Quinn, "any team or organization wants communication and get into a room with scouts, management, coaches and owners and to speak freely and honestly to build what we all think can be a perennial Stanley Cup contender and that comfort is important as we reshape the roster and move forward."