David Quinn described his coaching style as "fair and demanding, adding that "there is no gray area with me with players.
He said that players "want to get better and held accountable but the message has to be that this is in your best interest, it's not about me being the big-tough coach, it's about letting them know that everything we we are doing is to make them better players."
Quinn added, "when a player realizes that and how much you care about them, there is a trust factor that creeps in and that is where success happens."
He said that it's "all bout relationships, people skills" and "what motivates somebody."
Quinn noted that it's not just about what you say to a player but how it's said to them, "there are different ways to send a message and sometimes you have to be a bit more stern in what you are saying and sometimes you need to be more understanding."
He continued that "clarity is all a player wants and that has been the basis of my coaching philosophy. The sooner you can be honest with someone and tell them the truth the quicker they can correct the problem or continue to do the things they are doing well."
Quinn said that as a coach he knows that one style doesn't fit everyone and that some players can be reached on the ice while others likely need to sit with him in his office.
He added that how he handles things also depends on where the Rangers are in the season, saying that "If it's November, I might try talking. But if it's February and that hasn't worked, then I might be taking away ice time. (MSG)
Adam Rotter: To some degree this reminds me of how John Tortorella tried to deal with and develop players. He pushed some guys and they became great, some faltered and others didn't realize what Tortorella was doing until later in their career. He fought with Vinny Prospal and Ruslan Fedotenko in Tampa Bay but both played under him again with the Rangers later in their career with a better understanding of why Tortorella did what he did back then. Quinn seems like he is going to be up front with his players and that is what the Rangers need now. As a developing group this team needs to be held accountable and have structure and process in their game.