Jeff Gorton spoke with Kathryn Tappen on NBCSN and said:
- On the two first round picks, "it's pretty obvious. We took two centers, skilled centers to restock the cuppard a little bit. Obviously we lost a big piece of our team today in Derek Stepan but to get another guy and two guys like that it will help us."
- On trading Stepan and Raanta, "very difficult decisions. Two important pieces for us, Derek in particular has been with us a long time, a lot of success. The team has had success, we haven't won, but Derek has been a big part of that. A real character guy and we drafted and developed him and watched him along the way. It's a tough day for Ranger fans but hopefully what we have done is a step in the right direction."
- On the changes made, "I think it's what we need to do. We need to move forward, a little rebuild on the fly and change the look of our team. We haven't been to the podium in four years so it's a big step for us to get here and these type of players."