“We’ve got lots of cap room now, and it opens lots of options.”
Thinks Higgins will be a goal-scorer … was hurt three times last year. Likes the other two kids as future NHL players, too.
“Torts has talked about the young guys all year and we wanted to make some room for them, and we did.”
“Since this deal happened I’ve had three calls (from other teams), and it doesn’t take long for people to realize you’re going to make some changes.”
“I spoke with Chris. He’s very excited coming here. He’s very optimistic.”
Sounds like he doesn’t expect any trouble signing him.
Called his injuries bumps in the road. Had an injury in preseason, came back and hurt his shoulder.
Was surprised about the trade. Heard his name thrown around all year “but you never believe it’s going to happen.”
“When I heard it happened, I was thrilled. If there was one place I was going to play other than Montreal, it would be in front of my friends and family.”
Was a Canadiens fan growing up, even though he was a New Yorker. But always wanted to play for the Rangers and watched them more than any other team. His first memory was the ‘94 Cup. He was only 11. Had to hear from friends how the Rangers were better than his Habs.
Watched and rooted for Leetch, who went to the same high school.
“l like to play a relentless style. I like to be moving the whole time I’m out there for my shift. I pride myself in my work ethic.”
“I’ve always liked the way (Tortorella’s) teams have played. They don’t seem they take their foot off the gas pedal very often. Playing against the Rangers, they were one of the hardest teams to play against.”
Said he had a groin injury in camp last year, missed the first six games. Then was “just getting back to steam” when he hurt his shoulder in mid-season and missed 19 games. Felt he was at 100 percent by playoff time and expects to be that when camp begins.