Jeff Gorton met with the media following today's introductory press conference for David Quinn and said (SNY):
- "Just the way he wants to play, the puck possession game, his attention to detail, he is a really good teacher and our young players are really going to benefit from him."
- "We are hiring a guy that will help us rebuild and move forward, I think we have to look at this as we are going to get better everyday and move forward that way."
- On being hands on, "we spoke to a lot of players that have played for David, been around David and it always came back the same, that he is a hands on guy that loves to be a teacher and it's hard to get him off the ice. This is a hard job as we rebuild and he is the guy that will help us do that."
- How much convincing did you need to do, "it was difficult because you know he has a great job and any time someone, when you are talking to his friends and people that really know him, they say that he is never going to leave and why are you bothering. We stayed with it, I knew he always wanted to be an NHL head coach, I felt we had a connection going back. We tried to back off, we approached him, backed off to give him some time to make those decisions and I completely understand where he is coming from and appreciate BU letting him go."
- How do you see him help on defense, "one of our areas of concern was our D zone play, our defenseman jumping into play, getting pucks out of our zone, clearing the front of the net. As you go through the interview process he is nodding his head pretty significantly to understand what we need to do. I think we think the same and that will help us."
- On trying to recruit him, "It didn't differ much, you see Hayes and Shattenkirk in the front row and you are selling the Rangers, an Original Six franchise. I like to think that it was me that he came here for but I know better. At the end of the day it was Original Six, Rangers, a chance to coach in the NHL and at the end of day I think that is what he really wanted to do."
- Was he your first target, "He was my first choice."
- On how active he will be with the roster, "one thing about David is that he has a pretty good network of people in the business, has a lot of people play for him that are available and he will be a good source for us to reach off of. He will be very active, we are trying to build a team and we will build it together, that is how the league works now and having his input and the players he wants will only help us moving forward."
- On assistant coaches, "we've had a lot of conversations about who those people can be, a lot of names call, David has had a lot of names call and we are sifting through that right now. He understands that he would like to have someone who has been in the league before, he acknowledges that. That is what we will look for."
- On him being ready for the position, "I've never seen him nervous, not a nervous person. He is very confident, he has been doing this for a long time and when you speak in front of players you get a little gritty about how to speak in front of people. In our interviews, always comfortable, opinionated, confident but not cocky in any way. You can understand why he can stand in front of NHL players and have success."
- "Our focus was someone that could help us go forward, fresh ideas, his background might have been different but has been around NHL players. He fits all the criteria, wasn't an NHL head coach but he's been around the league, he was drafted into the league, an assistant, been in the minors, different places in college. He has a wide variance of different things on his resume that appeal to us."
Jeff Gorton spoke with Al Trautwig on MSG and said:
- On the experience of hiring a coach, it's exciting, you are talking to people outside the organization that have a different feel for the players on your team and how the Rangers are thought of league wide. It's always good to get perspective from someone else, reinforce what you are thinking."
- On the Rangers and analytics, "it plays a role because David has a thirst for that kind of thing and a history of listening to analytics. As far as the organization, we are somebody that looks at everything and spend a lot of time looking at analytics."
- Was there a moment Quinn said something that made you think he was the guy, "hello. He is a very easy person to talk to when you are talking hockey or anything else. You can tell what kind of person he is right away and his command of how the league is and how the team needs to play, his communication skills, everything jumps off the page."
- What happened to the Rangers picks with Tampa losing, "I think we are now 28 this year and then as we move forward we have a second round pick that could become a first if they win the Stanley Cup next year."
- On the next steps, "David, we will talk as a staff as far as assistant coaches that might be good fits. We have some names, he has some names. We will sit and do that. We head to the combine next week, it's a big week for us, three first round picks, two seconds, two thirds. We will spend a lot of time talking to these young men and see where they are at mentally and physically and watch them work out and start to gauge what our list will look like."
- How have things changed with picking assistants, "you need innovative people that understand the way is changing all the time. It's not a joke but we always say all the time that the league got faster again and if you don't catch up with what is going on then you get left behind. We've seen in the playoffs that the game is really fast and that is what we want, intelligent, fast, skilled players."