4/25/16 | 3PM: Pierre LeBrun was on TSN1040 in Vancouver earlier today and said the following about the Rangers:
- "It would have been a blessing in disguise, for their long-term forecast, if they had struggled out of the gates this year and been a non-playoff team. Jeff Gorton, in his first year, this would have given him the opportunity to move Yandle at the trade deadline as a rental player and not a lot of defensemen were available. He could have done well there with Yandle and at least recouped something back after all they have spent the past five-years trying to win. They do have some good prospects and have dome fairly well at the draft but they are going to really be creative here to try and retool this thing because they have fallen down a notch and sort of need to re-think this for sure. I think Jeff Gorton is a pretty smart guy and will be aggressive in trying to do that." (TSN 1040)
- On Alain Vigneault coming back, "I think so, that is my sense, no one has told me that but it's my own gut feeling." (TSN 1040)
- On prospects and maybe moving an RFA, "They like some of their guys down below. I would move a couple of pieces if they can. I would try and move Rick Nash and I don't know how many teams are in a position to take that contract on, and I am not trying to put this all on Rick Nash, but that can be the type of move that helps you regenerate and get younger. (TSN 1040)
- "Lundqvist had a great year, I think he was exhausted at the end. Lundqvist at times during his career has had this reputation of this is not my fault it's the team around me, he ate it in this series and obviously the Penguins were the far better team and you could see Lundqvist's frustration on the ice and there were a couple of times where he shot daggers at his players but when he was asked the questions he never blamed anybody, he took as much blame as anybody else which was important to see. I thought he had a great year. I don't worry as much about Lundqvist but I this but I think they know they have some big questions in front of them."
- "Number one I am curious to see if the Rangers are going to make any organizational changes. Jeff Gorton just finished his first year and a lot of the guys around him were loyal to Sather but I wonder if he is going to get an opportunity to shape the front office with some people that he wants there too."
- Number two, I think they have some big decisions to make and one of them is Keith Yandle and the other is Dan Girardi and what they do there. They really love him but he had a really rough year, really rough finish to the year and his contract is going to be an issue. I think they realize that this group together that has had 5 really good years, it's the end and the Rangers will make some tough choices."