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What David Quinn said about Henrik Lundqvist, Kaapo Kakko and more

David Quinn met with the media on Wednesday after practice and said (NYR):

  • On goalie decisions and Friday, “there is a lot that goes into deciding who is playing what and we have 3 in 4 coming up so you look at all 3 as opposed to just one. We haven’t really addressed it, we had yesterday off and a different type of practice today. Benny and I haven’t really talked about who will play on Friday.”
  • On Lundqvist being disappointed after Anaheim, “a little bit, I think he is frustrated…it’s been a quirky two week for him. He had the back issue and he didn’t play two games that he normally would, it’s just been an awkward time more than anything, I think he is more frustrated with that. He’ll get back at it, he’s the least of my worries.”
  • On Henrik’s game, “I like where his game is at, like I said, knowing him the way that I do, I’m sure he wants one of those goals back in Anaheim, but he certainly gave us a chance in that second period to hold the fort down at 2-2.”
  • On Kaapo Kakko’s game, “It’s that balancing act of giving him opportunity but it’s not just about one player. You are coaching 23 players and you want to put them in a position where they have to have success, not just one player. It’s a long season for an 18-year old, it’s different than anything he has been through. It’s a lot of times the highs and lows of a season for an 18-year old in the NHL. As I mentioned a few weeks ago, there are different ways to put people in a position to do well. Sometimes you have to give them more of an opportunity, sometimes you need to take a little bit away from them and maybe wake them up that way. There are a bunch of things that go into those decisions.”
  • On Kakko holding onto the puck, “it’s not an easy balancing act when you are 18 or 28. It’s learning how to play and be productive at this level, things happen fast, it’s a smaller rink size. Over in Europe the games aren’t as physical, when guys are creating offense they can skate around people or create space for themselves in different ways than they do here. Here, to create space for yourself there has to be a bit of a physical element to everybody’s game if they are going to create for themselves and those are the things he is learning.”
  • Was he too deferential when playing with Panarin, “that could be, it always plays a little bit of a role. I think Strome goes through that a little bit when you are on the line with Panarin, guys feel compelled to get him the puck more instead of just playing. I’m sure that was Kaapo’s thought process during the game from time to time.”
  • On Jacob Trouba, “I like his game a lot, I do. One of the things he has done, he’s skating better, his physicality gives us an awful lot on the blue line. When you play as many minutes as he does against top players there are going to be mistakes, and I think people tend to focus on those things but he does an awful lot for us.”
  • What have you learned about Trouba, “The thing that surprised me, I knew he was a really good player, there is an awful lot to his game but the thing I like about him is his smarts. He can really pass the puck, his outlet passes are really good. That element to his game has surprised me a little bit.”