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Break-up day: More players

Posted By Carp On April 25, 2011 @ 9:58 pm In Hockey,New York Rangers,NHL | 108 Comments

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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