(Editor’s note: This guy really seems like a great team guy, and that’s what everybody says about him, too).
On the firefighters and policemen skating with the team yesterday:
“A bunch of them wanted to work on their fighting. Some of them probably get more reps in the fighting department than we do.”
On tonight’s game, his first as a Ranger:
“You want to go out and make a first impression, I don’t care who you are. You want to go out and play your game. The first one’s always … you finish it and you think it was ugly and you feel kind of goofy getting back into the swing of games, but it’s an important one to get under your belt and you go from there.”
Where he wants to be now:
“I’d say today, yesterday were better days. If you asked me maybe three or four days ago, maybe I’d say no. But you get over that hump, and there’s a little bit of a hump from the conditioning part of camp and today’s practice was working on things we’re going to be doing in games or just the systems of the New York Rangers, and those are things that are important.”
On not being able to simulate actual games:
“I think it’s important just to familiarize yourself with all the players and all the styles of each player. You get to know the tendencies of certain players. It’s easy when you see a guy like Brian Boyle. I have a pretty good idea from playing against him, watching him out here, that you know where he is in the offensive zone. You read off each other and it’s important to get that read off every guy because, whether you’re in-between shifts or bumping around the lineup, you need to be able to play with each guy. So these games are big to get those things under your belt.”
On if it means anything to be playing against his old team, the Devils:
“No, not really. I’ve done that already and it’s just an opportunity here and it’s a preseason game to get yourself ready. I’m sure that when the regular season rolls around I’ll be able to taste that rivalry from this side.”
Won’t be around the team much today, but I’ll be here. Will have our second “It’s Go Time!” tonight.