Kevin Shattenkirk met with the media following the David Quinn press conference today and said (SNY):
- Excited to play for Quinn again, "Very. When you have a coach who you are that comfortable with, it's important as a player and gives you confidence about what you are getting into and know what they expect of you. He is someone, I think I am more excited for our team to be coached by. He is someone who really fits the bill perfectly for us in what we need to do moving forward."
- What should the team expect from Quinn, "hard work. He is someone who drills the details of the game into you. You work a lot in practice and it's not being out there for two-hours and being run into the ground, but when we go out for 30-40 minutes you go out to work and get better and that is something that we need. We have a lot of youth on our team and they need to be coached and developed and he is someone who takes individual players and coaches them on that level and also take the team and make sure we are structured and it's something that you have to work hard to achieve but winning is something that will result as of our work ethic."
- "I wouldn't seek out his criticism but he would give it anyway. He is someone who had a huge impact on my career, and developed me from the college level and minor league level, he scratched me at the minor league level and it's something that maybe at the time I wasn't grateful for, but it really woke me up to what I needed to do to succeed. We have been candid with each other over the years and had a great relationship. Now it's a balance of getting back to work and a business relationship with a coach and player but like I said before it's nice when you know what to expect from your head coach. Hopefully I am someone he can lean on to get a pulse of the team and be a leader for this team and help the guys know what direction we are going in."
- "I had no say in this at all. My hands are completely wiped clean. Between Jeff and Chris, they are two brilliant minds who don't really need me to weigh on anything."
- Did he ever, "not specifically with the Rangers, when he went from Colorado back to BU, as weird as it is to say, that is a dream job. Being from Rhode Island and playing at BU and such strong ties there, that is a gig, there is a lot of job security in college hockey and you could be there for 20-25 years and win titles and ride off into the sunset if you will. Once he got a taste of the pro level, I think he always wanted to come back eventual. Maybe this didn't seem like the time but I think more and more as he thought about it and thought about not only the team he was coming to but the organization and staff and management that he would be working with. I think you need to have comfortability with management and GM and assistant GM and those are two guys he can speak freely with and make some impact with."
- On how things have changed for him since signing with the Rangers, "both had a lot of excitement around it. Last year was excitement and a lot of nerves for me. You don't know your teammates and you sign a deal like that in the middle of July and still have to wait two months to meet everyone. I think now, to have the lay of the land and having a not so great season as a team and individually, I haven't skated and played in a game since January, I wish I could play tomorrow. I have that hunger and drive and it's really been good for me. A couple of months into my summer training and be the best player and the player that everyone expected to be. Now to have a coach who I am comfortable with, it gives you a lot of confidence going into a season where you are coming off an injury and you need to get yourself back up to speed."
- On being captain of the Rangers, "it wold mean a lot but that decision is made by other people and I have always said that you lead no matter who you are and what you are wearing on your jersey. Every guy in that locker room is a leader, no matter if you are young, old, we all were at some point a captain or assistant captain on our teams growing up, we were the best players and that is what happens. At this level it's all about integrity and someone who can carry that along with them, and we have a lot of guys in the locker room who can do that. It's important that one player doesn't just lead a team, that the whole team leads the team and that is something we will carry into the season."
Shattenkirk spoke with Al Trautwig on MSG and said:
- "from the moment he started recruiting me to the moment I got to start to play at BU and develop under his eye is someone that I cherished for a long-time. He is very detail oriented, expects a lot of you as a player and holds you to very high standards. For a lot of guys I think that is a great thing. He doesn't take mediocrity and for us here, that is what we need, it's time for us to develop and he will be a great leader for our team and is truly invested in coaching players and making sure they achieve their full potential."
- "We've talked over the past dew years and he has always weighed in on my game and let me know when things need work. He is constantly evaluating me and will do so more. From a confidence stand point he will be on top of me to make sure I get back to the level of play that everyone expects from me and that is important for me. Someone who really drives you and knows how good you can be, and I think that having that confidence will be crucial for me to get back to my game."
- On his summer and knee, "It's about getting my knee back to where it needs to be and everything is moving well and from that point it's now about building up my leg and being in it for two months, I am on the right path and having this amount of time allows me to get back to 100% and be ready for September."