Among the things that Gorton and Sather said included:
- "As we approach the trade deadline later this month and into the summer, we will be focused on adding young, competitive players that combine speed, skill and character."
- "Our promise to you is that our plans will be guided by our singular commitment: ensuring we're building the foundation for our next Stanley Cup contender."
- The decisions made around the trade deadline will be about looking to the future and not towards saving the season.
- "There are enough players out there, moves to be made to improve the team in a quick period of time."
- Everyone, from ownership on down, is on board with this plan.
Adam Rotter: The tone has been set and and the Rangers are looking to the future. Between now and when the Rangers head to Western Canada, the day after the trade deadline, Rick Nash, Michael Grabner and Nick Holden will all be playing for different teams and it's possible that certain other players could be gone as well. While most everyone seemed to know that the Rangers were going to sell, this puts it all out in the open and lets every other team know that they really are open for business. It's the right decision to make in regards to the pending UFAs and I'd expect the returns for those players to be centered around draft picks and maybe some prospects.
When it comes to guys like Ryan McDonagh, Mats Zuccarello, JT Miller or others under contract, the Rangers are to move them, they need more than draft picks, they need top prospects, young NHLers and guys who might be able to step in right away. It's high return that the Rangers will attempt to get for players still under contract that could allow the organization to retool quickly and get back on the road to where they want to go.