Break-up day: More players


Chris Drury:

“I think (the young guys) got a ton of experience, guys that’d never done it before, guys who it was their first year in the league and guys who have played a little bit but not gotten in the playoffs. So I’m sure they all got a lot of good experience the last two weeks … even the last month, you know, battling the way we had to.”

On his emotions after elimination at this stage of his career:

“You never know when you’re going to be in the playoffs year to year, and when you’re going to get back and how tight the races are every year. I was glad to get back in and make it back.”

“It was kind of a different kind of year. I haven’t missed that many games in any season in any sport in my life. So it was a different challenge. But again, I was just happy to get back and try and help us win the last game and get in the playoffs.

“I think just the way the guys battled and played all year, coming down to the last game of the season, it was good to get in. But certainly we’d like to still be playing.”

On the nucleus of this team:

“I think it’s in good hands. I think you look around the room and see some terrific young players, we’ve got great goaltending, and I think it’s going in the right direction.”

On Tortorella’s new contract:

“I think it’s great. Obviously his plan to come in and draft well, develop young guys, when you see the talent that we have … I think it’s only going to get better as we go along here.”

On Callahan’s injury:

“That was huge. We all know how huge he is for our team, on and off the ice, and certainly in a playoff series he brings so much every night. We missed him.”

On his off-season:

“Just the same routine, just training, getting healthy, and getting ready for camp.”

On next season’s role:

“I wouldn’t even know.”

“It was a long year. I just never as in a position where I had to watch so many games, being injured and having come right out of camp, I think it was the second day of scrimmages, being out, then a period and a half back and out another eight weeks. It was a strange thing, something I had nothing to do with, or to deal with before. I’m pretty fortunate that I haven’t had to do that. Some guys, it happens to them all the time or their careers never get going because of that. I certainly learned a lot and made good use of all the time I had to sit and watch.”

“Just not being able to be out there, that’s tough for any athlete.  It came with a fair amount of frustration.”

Brandon Dubinsky:

“As a team, I think we got a lot better. We had a lot of young guys come in and play huge roles, which is going to be important for us as we grow as a team. It’s a season to grow on.”

“That’s the way playoffs are sometimes. You get bounces, or they get bounces. Unfortunately for us, we didn’t get them all.”

“I think it’s been an up and down year for us. We were in a position to be in the playoffs all year and we played well down the stretch again to find a way to get in. I think we would have liked to do better in the playoffs and that being said, overall for the organization it was a good year, especially with the young guys getting the opportunities and playing as well as they did.”

On Tortorella’s contract:

“He really helps guys. I know myself personally, he’s really helped my development, to try to get better as a player. I know he’ll do the same for the other guys. I think at the end of the day, the guys really respect him and really love the fact that his honesty; you always know where you stand with him. So he’s a great person to play for.”

On the momentum within playoff games:

“It’s all about momentum, and I know Torts talks about it all the time. It’s just the way it is in this game. When you have the momentum, you feel like you never get tired, you can never make a mistake, all these other things. When you don’t have the momentum it’s the opposite. You feel like you’re working so hard, but not accomplishing anything. So many different things there.”

“I think as a player I’m still growing and there’s still room to improve. I’ve got to be more consistent. I think I really improved that this year from last year, but it’s something that you just continue to get better. You’ve got to be a pro. So that’s something I’m going to focus on this summer, getting my mind in a place where I can clear my head and approach every game the same. There’s always room for improvement. Aim high, miss high.”

“Throughout the year we showed we were capable of beating the best teams and we did it. Every time we played against the best teams, we seemed to elevate our game and play really well against them. We’d either win or be right there in that vicinity. It was the games we played against, I guess, teams below us that we didn’t seem to play our best in. That’s why I’m not really satisfied where we ended up because I feel like we were capable of doing more and playing better at the end.”

On his contract:

“I’d like to get it done as quickly as possible. I think the Rangers want me, and I want the Rangers, so at the end of the day we might as well not waste each other’s time and draw it out as long as it was (last time). The sooner it’s done, the sooner that I can just focus on putting all my energy and efforts into this organization.”

Brandon Prust:

“Obviously we wanted to do more with that opportunity in the playoffs, but you want to take the positives out of everything, and I think we did a lot of positive things this year. I think we’re growing as a team. We have a young team and I think we have a bright future.”

Did the end of Game 4 carry into Game 5.

“Yeah. With playoffs you don’t want to dwell on anything and go a  game at a time. I think even losing Game 1, that was a tough one as well. That was a game that we could have easily won. Those are things in playoffs, it’s a learning curve as far as being able to bounce back. I thought we did all year, but those were tough ones.”

“You get that taste (of the playoffs) and you want it more. Before the playoffs, Dru came to the guys that hadn’t been there and said, ‘You can’t just think that you’re going to make the playoffs all the time’ and we have to learn from it and not take it for granted.”

“You want to keep getting better. We want 110 points next year. That’s what we want to do.”

On how his body got through the season, and how much time it will take for everything to heal:

“I’ll probably start training in a few weeks, three weeks maybe. Maybe go lay on a beach somewhere and relax. You always have bumps and bruises throughout the year.”

Somebody said it was a little more than bumps and bruises.

“Yeah, I went through some tough weeks there with some injuries, but we have a good staff here that take care of you and try to make sure you’re always ready to go. I was. I didn’t miss any time luckily, and hopefully the summer’s always time to heal up.”

On the pride in being one of four guys (with Derek Stepan, Artem Anisimov, Brian Boyle) who played all 82 games:

“You never want to lose that opportunity. I’ve kind of been scratching and clawing to get into the lineup, so it’s part of the thing that once you get in, you never want to leave. So I think that’s something that I can hopefully carry with me the rest of my career. I never want to be out of the lineup.”

On “It’s Just Pain”:

“(Laughs) Well you know, the injuries that I had were something that I really couldn’t hurt anymore. So it was just basically, you’re playing through that pain. It wasn’t that I was going to do more damage. So when I said that, basically what I was saying is that you’re just battling through the pain. I wasn’t going to do more damage.”

“It caught on quick. I guess it’s a good one. I like it. That’s something we were saying all year. ‘It’s just pain’ kind of an ongoing slogan.”

“I’m really happy for the opportunity that I got, and obviously coming here was the best thing that could happen for me and my career. I’ve always took pride in all the penalty killing, and logged a lot of minutes. As a player that’s what you live for. You want to be out on the ice in every situation. So there’s still a lot to improve on. I want to be better. I know I can be better. And, hopefully just keep growing from those minutes and hopefully have even more responsibility next year.”

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  1. Pavelski is awesome…just sayin’…kid continues to impress and get better every year…

  2. Is Chris Drury pro in more than 1 sport!?
    “I haven’t missed that many games in any season in any sport in my life. ” – Pizza Pants


    What is he talking about “any sport?” Aren’t we paying him to play hockey!?

  3. Sure are a lot of good young US players…

    The Rangers have a bunch…

    Speaking of…Adam at SNY said something about Stepan and McD possibly representing the US at the Worlds…

  4. Does anyone have a site that shows all the trades and free agents signings under Savior?

  5. I really dislike it when players turn down opportunities to go play at the World Championships. I understand Henrik considering he just played eight hundred million games in a row but otherwise I don’t like the excuses. You’re a hockey player and you should want to go and gain experience and learn and grow as a player, and you should want to represent your country.

  6. Latona, but, if they suffer an injury that sidelines them for half the season, you’d be singing a different tune :P

    I don’t care, either way. If it were the Olympics, that would be a different story, for me.

  7. Olga Folkyerself on

    Tom C- no one involved with hockey can put together that list without either laughing or crying…

  8. By the way, saw some pictures of the awesome bonehead weekend, and Carp….I must say, you’re a good looking man for a guy in his mid 40s. Great smile too. Kristin, Anne, and Fozzy are also very very gorgeous.

  9. JimboWoodside on

    Kings seem to be very overmatched in this game – not many offensive chances at all….

  10. JimboWoodside on

    I noticed that, 3CP – maybe they got the word from “Laverne & Shirley”…that word was used in the show’s intro…

  11. Orr,

    I thought I needn’t mention a serious injury exception. I was talking about relatively healthy players. Henrik is physically healthy, he’s just exhausted, and rightfully so.

  12. wow long day for me. just caught up reading all highlights of break up day. gotta love torts for his honesty.

    carp hell of a job my friend.

    all i want is for pens and flyers to go down at home in game 7

  13. JimboWoodside on

    Good night, Carp…..boy, you can tell that these are the Sharks announcers – thee PBP guy almost busted a nut on that last goal!

  14. Don’t expect the Kings to come back. I met Bernier and Smyth at their team bus in Philadelphia in February. They’re doomed by my bad luck.

  15. Orr,

    I understand now. I honestly wouldn’t really have an issue with it. I would be angry they were injured, and the manner in which they were injured, but not that they were injured AT the WC.

  16. CCCP- Isn’t the following true:

    A schlemiel is the guy who always spills his soup
    a schlimazel is the guy that the soup lands on

    I always thought of poor Roszi as a schlimazel for some reason

  17. ddebened

    Yeah, that would be one way to explain it lol

    But I think Rosi is more of a dolt (schlimazel) than schlimazel (unlucky) (:

  18. Olga Folkyerself on

    Don’t say that eddie, if Sather finds out he’ll be in NY before opening day.

  19. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Olga – I went to the ranger shark game and heatly pulled into the lot and just missed running over this 10 yr old kid rushing up to get an autograph… I was laughing my assen off

  20. Olga Folkyerself on

    Well, actually you’re perfectly safe OUTSIDE the car when Heatley’s driving.

  21. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Olga – that’s just it… Passengers and pedestrians alike need worry when the heater is cruising. The city would be good for him with all if the mass transit.

  22. JimboWoodside on

    Hmmm..I wonder if the Kings would want Gabby after their playoff failure…..Kopitar anyone!?

  23. JimboWoodside on

    Yeah, Kings blew it – 5 minute PP and they couldn’t score – that was it.

  24. JimboWoodside on

    Either way, those are interesting matchups…..Predators are surprising a lot of people in these playoffs.

  25. JimboWoodside on

    If the captain would accept the trade, he could start a pizza empire on the west coast – think of the possibilities!

  26. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Jimbo – pizza out here sucks… Delis non existant, no good hard rolls…

  27. If anyone needs a reason to root against the Caps:

    The 2nd round pick we got from the Hurricanes as part of Bobby Sanguinetti trade originally belonged the Wash Caps, the worse they do the better our pick.

  28. JimboWoodside on

    No delis, Jewish or otherwise? How can one live? And pizza, I’ve seen on various food shows that Californians like to put a whole lot of weird stuff on their pizzas, inspired, by all people, by Wolfgang Puck, that well-known Italian! ;-D

  29. JimboWoodside on

    No hard (kaiser) rolls either? WTB!?

    I don’t need any more incentive to root against the Caps – I’m constitutionally incapable of rooting for a team that has eliminated my team in a playoff series – I just can’t do it.

  30. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Caps suck… Habs suck …. Pens really suck ,…… Filthy superduper really really sucks

  31. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Jimbo – the carcillo californians put on their pizzawould make you cry. Good steaks and great seafood. Lots of fresh veggies and fruit , all of which find their way on topof pizza… Ever have a zucchini spinache artichoke pizza?

  32. went to the king shark game tonight. niemmi is awful. he is a rebound machine. if henrik was on san jose they would win it all. no doubt…………….

  33. Sad day to not have game six and have a breakup day instead. Time for a new poll.

    I like how there are people in the Daily News polls voting to dump Lundqvist and Staal (4% in each), but we have seen those people here, so not too surprising. It goes to 5% voting to dump Girardi, 10% offing Biron. 81% want Boogaard gone, but that might be difficult without a buyout. He’s definitely coming back barring another Sather miracle trade. Even 73% want to keep Gilroy now. Ryan Callahan isn’t even a choice, but I’m sure 4% would want to get rid of him, too. Surprisingly, Wolski and Christensen are hovering around 50-50.

  34. Why would anyone be in a sweat to get rid of Gilroy.? All he did was prove that he can handle major league playoff pressure and with a certain elan to his game. He has shown complete confidence in taking on the two edged task of defense man and forward, and to switch in full stride to the performance of both assignments.

    He was in fact the least of their problems.

    I’d sure like to have him back (rather than have him appear on another team’s roster against the Rangers.)

    manand forward

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