Jeff Gorton spoke with John Giannone on MSG and said:
- On the trades, "we are obviously trying to get some younger players in here with talent and some picks. In both cases we are able to do that. Nick Holden, a good Ranger who had two good years for us, sorry to see him go, but to get a third round pick and a player we really like that can play defense, is rangy, big guy, mobile guy. We like what he looks like in the future. Yesterday, Grabner has been a terrific player for us and deserves all the accolades as one of the fastest players. For us to get a second round pick and a player we have liked for a while, since the draft in Rykov, a solid, steady, two-way defenseman, big-guy with mobility. It's two guys that help us, those picks, in the second and third round, if you look at the successful teams, they have been able to build their teams in those two rounds."
- On making a trade with the Devils, "I didn't really know that there was never a deal between the two teams, to be honest with you, but for us, we are trying to get the best deal we could. We had a number of things on the table with Michael and Jersey presented itself and it's someone in Rykov that we really like him, it's a good match. We know him really well from St. Petersburg and having a player there, really comfortable with him and where it's going. It's just worked out that it's Jersey and the first had to come sometime and it did yesterday."
- On Rick Nash, "I would not want to get into speculation about an individual player, he is not playing and we just think it's the right thing to do for the player and the organization, to take him out of this game and last night and go from there. There is nothing imminent and we continue to do our work and find our deals."
- Is anyone untouchable, "I think everyone is on the table. When you are doing what we are doing it takes a lot of work and a lot of effort and we are going to have to bring in a lot of young players that can play in the game today and we have to look at our best assets and best players. That might hit home with some guys that have been here and had success, we have a lot of guys in that room that have played a lot of playoff games for us. We came close but weren't able to finish it off. It's tough on them right now and we are going through some things but we all believe that this is the right thing to do and the course we have to take and that is why we are doing it."
- On the noise, "It's very busy. The players are hearing about it, we have very good players. That is good, if my phone wasn't ringing it would be a problem. I'm comfortable with that and where we are headed. We are sensitive to what is going on with our players in the room, there is a lot of noise but they are NHL players, playing for the Rangers at MSG, there are a lot of young players on our team trying to stay in the league, get in the league. There are worse situations. For 10 years we have been on a pretty good run, this isn't an organization where this happens every year. This is unique and something we feel we have to make and we expect our players to play hard and give everything they have."
Gorton also spoke with Amanda Borges of the Rangers website and said (NYR):
- On the players they got, "these are players we have been watching for a long time and have liked and coveted and the opportunity to get the two defensemen we got in Rykov and O'Gara, we are excited, we think they fit in the new NHL, young players that can skate and move picks and are big guys. To get second and third round picks will help us, we need as many chances as we can to get good players."
- On the draft picks, "a first round pick is important and we all need to do well there but if you look over time, 2nd and 3rd round picks are essential when building a team and having as many as you can will increase our odds of doing it quicker."
- On making a trade with a rival, "it's different when you are dealing with those guys and it doesn't happen too often. We are out there trying to get the best deal we can, we are trying to get as many assets and young players and we are going to do that. NJ presented this offer and we felt it was something we couldn't pass up so Michael becomes a Devil."
- On the young Rangers, "they have all done pretty well. Georgiev last night, very impressive start in a difficult building. First year pro over here, to see him do that is really exciting for us. With the younger defense like DeAngelo, Pionk, Gilmour, they have added speed and puck moving ability. We are excited with what we have seen so far."
- What does the market look like, "our strategy will be to continue to make calls and do our homework and understand what is out there and players that are available and make the best deals we can to make the Rangers the best team we can make them as soon as possible."