Break-up day: Player quotes


Marian Gaborik:

On whether he’s had a season like this:

“Yeah, I think there has been one or two back in Minny. So, it happened. So, over the summer obviously I’m just going to address things and train hard and come back in great shape and bring it to another level, that’s for sure.”

On what wasn’t right:

“I don’t know. It’s just been kind of up and down. It’s hard to say.”

Shoulder/concussion are fine. The groin and legs bothered him at times. “But overall, it was OK.”

On coming back from bad seasons before:

“Yes, I have. Just put your head into it, and obviously your body into it. Just regroup. It’s not like the season was the worst of my career or anything, obviously. Disappointing, but it’s not tragedy. Disappointing in terms of individually, and of course to get an early exit in the playoffs.”

On succeeding in this system last year:

“I think we played differently as a team this year. We created an identity of the team we have, so we played, I think, differently. But I think I bought into it and I think I did a lot of good things differently, more battle and stuff. We played more grinding hockey. When we got into playoffs, it’s too bad we had an early exit, but I’m looking forward to next year and, how I said, to bring it to another level.”

On getting more top-level talent:

“Management obviously has do decide that. I think more skill would help, you know? So we’ll see what they’re going to do. It felt, in terms of my game, obviously it’s disappointing, but I felt better in the playoffs even though the production wasn’t there.”

On not having a steady center:

“The lines have always changed. It would be definitely great to have someone you could click with. So we’ll see what’s going to happen. There are a few free agents out there that are top guys, so, I’m sure … you know that they’re going to, they always have, try everything to get guys and I’m sure Glen will definitely try to do something. So we’ll see what’s going to happen.”

Sean Avery:

“Certainly it’s disappointing, on the series, for sure. I think it was certainly a good experience for the young guys on the back end, and up front. Like I said after the game, I summed the series up with, whether we feel like we outworked them or not, they scored more goals and that was the difference.”

On Callahan:

“Yeah, you add him back into the lineup and the whole dynamic of the team changes just because of how physical he is and the work ethic and what he does to a team. There’s a guy like that on every team, and he’s certainly our guy.  So it’s disappointing. I know he’s certainly not happy about it.”

On judging this season by making the playoffs or going out quickly?:

“I think disappointment. We assumed we were going to make the playoffs at the start of the season. It sucks. Listen, we lost in the first round. I think that, we certainly could have made that a different situation. That’s why I’m here now talking. It doesn’t feel great, that’s for sure.”

On his year:

“I don’t know. It was a difficult season. I was happy with how I played in the playoffs. I think I kind of just let myself go and stopped worrying about things that you really just can’t worry about. Certainly offensively I felt like I would have liked for our line to contribute a little bit more in the playoffs. But, it’s tough. It’s tough to talk about it afterwards. But I felt like I played hard and tried to give the team what I’m supposed to be.

“It’s  a situations where I certainly went into the playoffs with an attitude that I was just going to leave it all on the table and not be worried about things that I’ve been worried about over the course of the season, turning pucks over, or certainly penalties, and a combination of those two. And it’s tough to play. It kind of happened the year before where I got to a breaking point. I said ‘I’ve just got to play the way that I know how to play.’ I certainly think you can see the difference in the two games, for sure.”

“I feel like there’s a certain way that I play, and it’s a different way as far as most people play. Now, it’s a risk/reward type of situation where my game, if I play the way I play in the playoffs during the regular season, it’s a different situation, because I’m going to get penalties. But, I think the reward in the long run is I feel like there’s more upside. So it’s a struggle that I’ve been dealing with. But I said it before I got back in the series, that I wasn’t going to have that mentality any more. Moving forward, that’s certainly the situation.

“I’m 31. I feel better than I’ve ever felt. I have to play that way. It’s not fun to play any other way, certainly not for me.”

Did his playoff performance send that kind of signal to the coaches that he deserves to be in the lineup:

“Yeah, I mean, I don’t want to talk about how I played, because ultimately we’re sitting here, our season’s over with. But I feel like I played the type of game that I’ve played and I’m supposed to play. I think that game helps the team. Is it always going to be perfect? No. But over the long haul and the course of a season I think it’s going to be beneficial.”

Somebody asked him if his restaurant business is going to make it an easier transition into the offseason.

Avery gave him a classic Avery stare and said, “Well, I’m not going to start scrubbing dishes, if that’s what you’re asking.”


Tortorella coming next — he was pretty good, and pretty interesting on free agents, on Drury, on Gaborik, on Avery, on Del Zotto, etc.

Then more players throughout the evening, and maybe some leftovers tomorrow.

My fingers just don’t go fast enough to get anything done more quickly, and I still have to write a story.

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  1. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    btw, thanks for all the great coverage and commentary over the past season (and the carpings)!

  2. bull dog line on

    poor Avery, he was not allowed to do things his own way. I always felt that he never bought into what the team was trying to do.

  3. wicky, LMAO at us saying the same thing!!!! I didn’t want to say first if I wasn’t first!!!

    OK, called me biased (hello Biased) but I thought Aves’ comments were typical awesome Aves (love the last line Carp, and that he was honest enough to say it sucks) and Gabby’s were, well, lame. I’ll give him some leeway for translation/language issues, and you’re right Gabby, all things considered in the world, your play wasn’t a tragedy. But in the context of the team this year, well….

  4. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    hi mama!!

    I honestly do not think at this point there is forward help in hartford (newbury perhaps) or college for next season. Might be a d guy or two in htfd that could help (no, not redden).

  5. the thought of what might happen to certain team members over the long off season is making thirsty.

  6. OK, I’ve hartnell’d around enough today. Off into the world. Catch you all later…..

  7. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    IKR, if you say first and you are like fifth, it sucks. Didn’t think I would be first so “hello” seemed appropriate!

  8. bull dog line

    and what was it that the team was trying to do that Avery wasn’t buying into? Just trying to understand :)

  9. wicky (ha, and two wickys for you!) I agree. But if you say hello and you’re first can’t you then claim first? Or do you have to say first to really be first. I am so confused. Is this all outlined in the TOS? :)

  10. Hm, starting off with two of the most polarizing players on the Rangers this year.

  11. CT, Carp’s trying to make up for the money he lost when the blog was down yesterday :)

    OK, really, gotta run……later :) C3, keep fighting the good fight on my behalf….

  12. Noah-Rangers, 28 on

    Apparently, the bone in the finger Girardi dislocated was protruding before it got frozen and splinted. That guy is an effing warrior (and that also makes me a bit nauseous).

    Oh, and I want Richards…just not at anything more than 4 years.

  13. Agree Noah. I said it the last few days and I will say it again.

    I take back everything I ever said about [Joe] Girardi. What an absolute warrior and boy did he show up in the playoffs and play really well. Kudos.

  14. bull dog line on

    well I will just start with what every team does.
    discipline, dumping the puck into the zone, dumping the puck out of the zone. Avery loves to try and be Gretzky, and stick handle through all. forever circling back into his own zone, when the play calls for a simple chip out. line changes, Avery feels that he will change lines when Avery is ready. many times I saw his line mates go for a change, and there is Avery still out there for another 30 or 40 seconds. shot blocking (yes I know Avery blocked a shot against Boston), selfish penalties,and blind passes. lazy back checking, out of control forechecking.

  15. Go with Luongo. The D was having all sorts of problems with Schneider and that led to the first two Hawk goals. And who knows if Schneider now has a wonky groin. Luongo deserves plenty of blame, but you know what? The Sedin twins have disappeared as has Kesler.

  16. Olga Folkyerself on

    So what happens tomorrow night in between the pipes for the Canucks?

    Pucks enter repeatedly…

  17. You’re right about the communication stuff with Schneider and the D-Men. I agree Luongo should start. Schneider didn’t show me much in Game 4 and Game 5 to say he was supposed to be playing over Luongo (like he was lights out).

    I am just completely baffled as to how you go with Schneider in Game 6 and not Game 7. Game 6 was treated as a must win and now game 7 is a must win but with a different lineup? Also – it sends an odd message to your team and bailing out the defense to put the entire fault on Luongo – I bet he feels pretty alone right now. (not that I care)

  18. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    OPG blocks a lot of shots, but I really haven’t changed my opinion on him. He is OPG and should not be on a first pair. He, as well as several others, were warriors for sure.

    I would trade him to fill a team need if the opportunity presented itself, if not, then fine. I do not have a strong disliking for him as say…..rozy.

  19. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    off to work, later assens!!

  20. Noah-Rangers, 28 on

    Manny, I read that “eulogy” this morning. It was pretty tacky and not funny at all (though some of the photoshops were, I must say).

    Also, it is hard to take an Islanders blogger seriously.

  21. billybleedsblue on

    hahaha Avery’s stare and one-liner — hilarious!

    Awww man, the season’s really over isn’t it :(

  22. bull dog line

    wow and Avery does all of that in playing just four minutes per game?!

    Discipline? Right…Because Avery is the only player with PIM on this team…he’s that kind of a player and it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone anymore.

    Dumping and stick handle? How can he stick handle when he always goes offside trying to enter the zone w/o the puck? lol


    as much as you (and many others) don’t like to admit this but Torts has definitely fugged with Avery’s head and that shows in Avery’s game ever since Torts got here.

  23. Noah – totally agreed. It’s kind of pathetic. I thought it might get us fired up though?

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