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What David Quinn said after the win over Buffalo

David Quinn spoke on MSG after the Rangers OT win over Buffalo and said:

  • How happy are you for Alexis, “Everyone talks about his world class talent, but this guy is a ballsy kid, I don’t care if he is the first pick or 271st pick, he’s a ballsy kid, a kid you want to be around. He’s had a lot of fun with the fact that he’s been snake-bit, he probably should have had four goals tonight. For him to get his first goal in that moment, that situation, under those circumstances, I couldn’t be happier for him. His game is coming, he’s playing better and better each night and it’s great to see, it really is.”
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Igor Shesterkin in net against the Sabres

6:27PM: David Quinn mentioned that the Rangers think Jack Johnson’s injury is short term and that Brendan Smith comes into the lineup. (NYR)

On Tony DeAngelo, “I thought he had his best game the other night and we fully expect him to be the player he was last year, even at a higher level. He’s only played four games, not the start he envisioned but there are a lot of guys in that boat, so I don’t want to harp on one guy. There is more than a handful of guys who need to be better and I know they will be because of their track record.” (NYR)

Julien Gauthier is still out and the lines that start will be similar to the ones that the Rangers had in the third period on Tuesday. (NYR)

Colin Blackwell will start with Panarin and Strome and that Mika Zibanejad and Panarin is “always on the table.” (NYR)

Quinn said that he thinks Alexis Lafreniere is getting better and better and that he is encouraged that he is getting chances. (NYR)

On Igor Shesterkin, “He’s in a good spot right now. We know we are going to get good goaltending and we are certainly expecting it tonight.”(NYR)

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What David Quinn said on Friday

David Quinn was a guest on MSG on Friday night and said (MSG):

  • On his reaction to the Rangers winning the lottery, “I almost pulled a hamstring jumping out of my chair when I saw the ping pong ball shoot up that little shoot there. It was a week of highs and lows with the disappointing performance in Toronto and then coming home and doing a lot of self-evaluation and going through a lot of things organizationally that we feel we have to be better in and then to have that happen Monday night switched things a little bit, made everybody feel good. I’m a lot less pissed today than I was last Monday morning when I woke up still feeling that deep sting in Toronto.”
  • Is there more pressure on the Rangers this year at the draft, “there are a lot of great players in this draft, everybody that I talk to says it’s a deep draft, that being said, it’s above my pay grade, I don’t make those decisions. I have an awful lot of faith in our organization, our scouting staff, Jeff Gorton and Chris Drury that we are going to pick the right player and they’ve done a heck of a job in the last two years since we sent out the letter. Everyone talks about the fact of where we are at, maybe a little bit ahead of the process of, quote unquote, rebuilding. We always like to talk about building, building a Stanley Cup team here day in and out and it’s just another great asset to have and these guys have done a phenomenal job of putting us in the position where we are today. That being said, nobody is happy with what happened in Toronto, we certainly have higher expectations for ourself and the organization. Hopefully that learning situation in Toronto will make us a better team and a better organization.”
  • The city must be excited for the Rangers to have #1, “I don’t know if you guys saw the reaction on our Instagram, they showed a bunch of our fans filming the draft process and when the ping pong ball went up the shoot it was about a minute of our fans reacting to winning the lottery and it was pretty cool. We actually watched it yesterday and had a lot of laughs about it but it just speaks volumes about the passion of our Ranger fan base. I’ve said this repeatedly, there is no such thing as  a Ranger fan, just a crazy Ranger fan and their passion is deep and it’s amazing to me, that when we travel, how many Ranger fans are in opposing buildings, it’s incredible and there is nothing like it in the NHL.”
  • On him being a Boston guy being accepted as Rangers coach, (laugh) “I’m a New York guy, now. I went to prep school in Connecticut and when I went to Kent in 1981, everyone was Ranger fans, Giant fans, Yankee fans and I was a true following, passionate New England sports fan but when you are in that environment for three years you start, ‘well the Giants aren’t that bad, the Rangers aren’t that bad, the Yankees aren’t that bad so I’ve got a little bit of that in me and you take this job and you just feel the passion of all the fanbases in the City and it’s tough not to get caught up in it. We work here with the Knicks, I know these people personally and I root hard for the Knicks, even though I’m a lifelong Celtics fan, now I’m a Knicks fan because it’s all about the people and the city you work in.”
  • What did you take away from the Carolina series, “you can’t un-see what you have already seen and we have to be careful with evaluation the whole season and including what went on in Toronto. We can learn some things from our experience in Toronto, we don’t want to ignore what happened the last three months of the season when we felt we were making great strides and playing the hockey we need to play to have success at the important time of the year, and that is playoff hockey. All the things that we were the last 2/12, 3 months of the season we were not up in Toronto. One of the things we were was a great third period team, I think we were third best third period team in the NHL and we got blown away in all three third periods against Carolina. We were mentally tough during the season, we weren’t mentally tough in Toronto, we were resilient during the season, we weren’t in Toronto.”
  • Which players showed the most growth, “there was so much uncertainty going into the season and who was going to be the second line center, what was our D corp going to look like, what were the pairings going to be? What type of season was Chytil and Howden and Kakko and all these question marks and once the calendar turned our guys realized, ‘ok, we have a bunch of guys who are pretty good’ and I think there was an inner belief in our locker room that we could have a good hockey team and if you don’t have hope or belief, you don’t have anything, no chance to have success. Everyone points to the fact that we are able to hang around .500 before the calendar turned and then we really turned it on. There were a laundry list of players that had good seasons that maybe you wouldn’t expect. Start with Mika, 41 goals, leads the NHL in goals per game, Strome had a great season, Panarin has a great season, Chytil has a great season after coming back from Hartford. Kakko made some great strides, Howden made some strides, Lindgren and Fox, no one counted on them having the season they had. Trouba had a good second half, Marc Staal had a good second half, there was a bunch of things, Tony DeAngelo had a great season, there were a bunch of guys that we can point to as an organization that we feel really good about.”
  • Are you watching the playoffs or put it aside, “I’m forcing myself to watch it. I think you can learn and try to watch as much hockey as you can because you can always learn. It’s two-fold, to force myself to suffer and feel what I am missing but also to hopefully pick up some things when watching the games.”
  • On the 5OT game from a coaching perspective, “it’s pretty taxing. I know it doesn’t sound like much but the emotional roller coaster as a coach, it’s incredible. I’ll never forget the first game I every coached, the game ended and I was shocked at how tired I was. As a player, you play your shifts, you rest, you go back out. Not that you don’t pay attention but, as a coach, mentally, you are playing every play, trying to analyze it, come up with solutions for the players. I was stunned at how tired I was. I have been on the bench for a two-OT game, never a five, that is  for sure and I can’t imagine what goes on from a coaching perspective when you are that deep into the game. 2 1/2 games when you think about it, just an incredible game, great for hockey.”
  • How do you build your endurance as a coach, “we have to be mentally tough and resilient too, that will push your limits for sure, but you just get so enthralled in what you are doing, I really believe that you take your little break between periods but you gotta recharge the battery and get back after it when you get on the bench.”
  • “The first day of next season started the day we got on the plane leaving Toronto, we are already back at work.”
  • Is there ever an offseason for a coach, “No, no. Even when I got on the golf course every now and then the mind will wander a little bit. I joking tell our players, ‘my life is pathetic’ because I’ll be standing over a putt and I’ll start thinking about Chytil or Howden and some of the other things we are doing. Hopefully I’ll be able to block that out a little bit this fall.”
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What Mika Zibanejad and others have said following the end of the Rangers season

Mika Zibanejad and some of his teammates have posted messages on social media following last Wednesday’s elimination by Carolina.


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Phase Two of the NHL Draft Lottery, where the Rangers have a 12.5% chance at #1, is Monday at 6

8/8/20 | Vancouver defeated Minnesota so the Rangers are now only able to select #1, #10 or #11 depending on who wins the lottery.

8/7/20 | 9:31PM: Chicago has defeated Edmonton so the Rangers pick will now be either #1, #9, #10 or #11. If Minnesota comes back to defeat Vancouver in their series than the Rangers will pick no later than 10. If Minnesota loses and either they or Winnipeg win the lottery than the Rangers will pick #10.
6:35PM: Montreal defeated Pittsburgh which should mean that the Rangers can pick either #1 or between 9 and 12 depending on other outcomes and who wins the lottery.

5:36PM: Arizona defeated Nashville.

8:58AM: Calgary defeated Winnipeg to move on to the playoffs.

8/6/20 | 10AM: The NHL has announced that Phase Two of the NHL Draft Lottery, which will award the #1 overall pick in this October’s draft will take place on Monday August 10th at 6PM.

The Rangers, along with every team that loses in the qualifying round, will have a 12.5% chance at getting #1.

From the NHL, “the seven teams not selected in Phase 2, in inverse order of their points percentages at the time of the pause in the regular season, will be assigned 2020 NHL Draft positions 9 through 15.”

The lowest the Rangers can pick though is 13th since the Flames and Jets are both below them in points percentage and those two teams are playing each other.

Adam Rotter: There are a lot of different scenarios but it really breaks down like this, the Rangers get #1 if they win the lottery and, if they don’t win the lottery, their pick is determined by how the teams in front of them do. If Montreal or Chicago or Arizona or Minnesota win their series then the lowest the Rangers can pick goes down from 13 by one. The loser or Calgary/Winnipeg will always be ahead of the Rangers unless the Rangers get #1. So while the Rangers couldn’t pull off an upset, it’s in their best interest to root for Montreal, Chicago, Arizona and Minnesota to all win. That said, Montreal winning would give the Penguins a chance at #1 and that wouldn’t be great, so it’s best to let the Montreal series play out as it will and root for Western Conference upsets.

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What David Quinn said after the loss in Game 3

David Quinn met with the media following the Rangers elimination in Game 3 and said (MSG):

  • On what went wrong, “I know our guys internally have talked about the way this series got off in the first-two of the series and thought that being overly physical was the way we were going to have success instead of just playing our game, that certainly wasn’t the case. Give them a lot of credit, after two games you watch the tape and are like ‘who is this?’ This isn’t the team we’ve had the last 2 1/2 -3 months since March 11th. One of the things that I thought happened tonight, for two periods we looked like the team everybody had been watching the last 2 1/2 months. We just weren’t able to get it done, some great scoring chances in the first two periods. Their guy made some great saves, weathered the storm. The situation we are in, we will probably have more pushback. I’m sure they were feeling good after two periods. We had some chances to pad a lead or have a lead and weren’t able to do that. They get the second and then third one, we haven’t, in this stretch here, – give them credit they did a great job of locking things down. The better team won the series, call a spade a spade. You play three games and they unfold the way they did and the best team won.”
  • Was this good experience, “As I sit here right now I don’t view this as a good experience in any way, shape or form. Maybe when the dust settles and emotions subside, you look back at this season and the last 2-3 weeks we’ve been together and think ‘we continue to move forward as an organization, but that is certainly not how I feel today.”
  • On his own experience in the playoffs, “you are always learning as a coach regarldess of the scenario or situation, always trying to make yourself a better coach during the regular season and through playoff experiences. This is a little different playoff experience than if we were home and home and playing in buildings that were packed and atmosphere, it’s just a different experience. Obviously the stake were higher than the regular series, I’ve referenced that we feel like we’ve been playing playoff hockey type games since January. For me it didn’t feel much different at all. Looking for an opportunity as a coach to get better and learn lessons with each game I coach.”
  • On Shesterkin’s game, “He played well, certainly our goaltending wasn’t the problem in this series. Our offense, we scored 4 goals in three games, you are not going to win a series doing that. Our goaltending was the least of our problems.”
  • What happened on their first goal and shouldn’t a forward give Staal his stick, “yes he is. A laundry list of mistakes during that stretch, we don’t get it out, running around in our own end, we don’t box out, Staalsie loses his stick, we don’t give him a stick. Mistake after mistake and it’s 1-1 and we were able to ride any momentum after getting our lead.”
  • On the uncertainty of next season, “I’m not really thinking about that right now, disappointing part is that we lost and our season is over. It was a great group to coach, it’s been a unique and odd 4 1/2 months since we stopped playing on March 11, and obviously we are living in the moment now with how we played and this hurts. To come up here and basically play 2 good periods out of 9 isn’t anything we envisioned happening or that we are proud of. That’s pretty much where I am at right now.” (NHL Media)
  • On the sequence at the end of the second, “even in the first Panarin has a breakaway, we have another partial breakaway. Chytil is the net all alone. We didn’t capitalize on our opportunities. We looked like a hockey team tonight, we looked like the Rangers for two periods. It was nice to see our team kind of arrive at some point in this series but way too little, way too late. I’m sure human nature kicked in when we had the chances and weren’t able to capitalize on them. That is part of being a successful playoff team, managing your emotions and frustration and continuing to play and not getting too high or low and we can learn a lesson from that.” (NHL Media)