Some Key Quinn Quotes

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It’s a new era in New York. Not only is Alain Vigneault gone (and John Tortorella before him), but the Rangers have officially embarked on what some might call a rebuild (others might not, and that’s fine, but as we saw at the trade deadline there’s already been some major changes towards the future). Enter David Quinn. The now former BU coach is behind the bench for the Blueshirts and while some may have their (probably valid) criticisms, I think it’s a phenomenal hire. He’s a breath of fresh air and represents a total sea change as far as the mindset of this organization goes. If Jeff Gorton can convince Glenn Sather and James Dolan to get weird with it, then there’s a bridge I might just buy from him.

Going beyond the representative aspects of this hire though are the actual, ya know, coaching things. While Quinn may get a knock from some people for lacking in the X’s and O’s (which I’ll reserve judgement on until I actually see it for myself) there’s a few things buzzing around Quinn, many of which he’s said himself that have me excited. Most of these are from an interview he did on the Michael Kay show, but if you haven’t read his letter to the fan base that’s worth checking out as well. Without further ado, here’s David Quinn, in his own words.

Prior relationships:

“I know Shattenkirk, I know Hayes, I know Kreider … I know Brendan Smith

This one is fairly notable because the shot across the bow as far as signaling a change in direction this season was the letter issued by Glenn Sather and Jeff Gorton, accompanied by some action to back it up – placing Brendan Smith on waivers. Despite this, there’s hope that Quinn can redeem the d-man who was expensive to require in terms of draft picks and represents a decent chunk of the Rangers’ salary cap. If Quinn can turn Smith into something worthwhile either for the team’s on-ice purposes or for a trade to recoup some assets that can only be a good thing.


“I think our job is to get the guys on a daily basis to improve guys individually and to improve guys collectively … I don’t want to put a time table on anything … but the goal is to build a Stanley Cup contender for the long haul”

Here’s a guy who knows that this team is in a transitory phase and has at least a loose plan for it. This comes in stark contrast to AV, who began to play game-to-game at the expense of the team’s overall health. From October onward we saw AV playing desperate, and it hurt guys’ development trajectories. Quinn, on the other hand, knows he needs to get the best out of his players first, and that while results might not come with that the overall health of the team in the long run is of paramount importance.

What does a Quinn-coached team mean?

“Defending doesn’t necessarily mean just what goes on in the defensive zone when we don’t have the puck in the offensive zone or in the neutral zone we want to make the other team uncomfortable, we want to make the other team uncomfortable, we want to get the puck back as quickly as possible, we want five man gaps”

This is another major contrast with Vigenault – Quinn plans on playing total hockey, not just “get breakaways and hope for the best” hockey. Of course any coach would likely say something like this if asked, but the fact that it’s at the forefront of his mind means it was something he knows was a problem in the past, and that he plans on rectifying. Again, the results might not be good, but the process will certainly be improving.

On Hank:

“He’s part of the solution”

This is pretty straight up, and kind of a softball question, but the lack of hesitancy here is reassuring. I don’t think I need to tell any of you all that he’s spot on here, because it goes without saying that this team is nowhere without Henrik Lundqvist.

Getting more out of young players:

“Well I think the key to any coach is to be demanding but fair in the same breath, and there’s got to be clarity on what’s expected of every player, you’ve got to know the personalities, every guy gets motivated differently, and with that comes spending time with your players and making them better and when you care about them they trust you and when that happens you’ve got a chance to develop”

Another major contrast with AV, and a testament to his strengths as he understands them. Maybe he isn’t great with the tactical aspects of the game, sure, but he knows his personal style is going to be of the utmost then. Relationships in many ways are just as important as strategy; these guys are pros and can stitch together plays out of nowhere, but if there’s not clear expectations, accountability, and positive relationships on all fronts then they’re simply not going to play their best. While AV certainly seemed aloof towards the end of his tenure, Quinn promises to be a different kind of man manager.


“Well I think the key to any coach is to be demanding but fair in the same breath, and theres got to be clarity on what’s expected of every player, you’ve got to know the personalities, every guy gets motivated differently, and with that comes spending time with your players and making them better and when you care about them they trust you and when that happens you’ve got a chance to develop”

This was pretty skillful by Quinn to thread the needle, because although he didn’t say this would be new-school hockey, and earlier in the interview emphasized playing a complete game, he’s certainly on board to do whatever it takes to win (within reason of course). He’s open to new ideas, he’s open to the tried and true, he’s open to whatever creates a positive, winning atmosphere. Going from a coach who blamed everyone but himself and couldn’t change his ways if his life (or actually, just his job really) depended on it, this is really just great to hear.

Dolan, Sather, and the entire organizational mindset:

“One of the things that really made this decision … I don’t want to say easy to me .. but the continuity … everyone was on the same page”

Here we’ve got what’s a great sign not just from Quinn, but from the Rangers top to bottom – they know they need to evolve to compete. This is a truly positive sign, because if they said “hey, let’s keep doing what we’re doing” then we’d devolve into the Oilers. That’s uh, not a team I’d enjoy watching, and it bodes well for this rebuild, retool, or reimagining of this team that everyone, Dolan especially is looking towards the future and not the past.

Building relationships with young players in the offseason (via SNY):

“If I have to go to Guam, I’ll go to Guam”

He knows relationships are important, and he knows his actions need to back that up. He wants to come into training camp with a rapport already developed, and even if he doesn’t actually wind up going to Guam he certainly intends to place relationships on a pedestal. Like I said earlier, these hockey players are pros – you probably don’t need to teach Buchnevich or Hayes how to make plays, but certainly, keeping them in the right mindset will help them be at their best and actually make those plays on the ice. When guys will go through a brick wall for you, your in a good place, and when you’re willing to go to Guam for them, that’s good faith.

Kevin Hayes on David Quinn (also via SNY):

“I met David when I was in high school and getting recruited by colleges. BU was actually the first team to reach out to me and since then we have had s pretty good friendship. He is friends with my family and he is a great guy. He’s an unbelievable coach. He just said to me that it was destined for him to coach me eventually”

Given that Hayes is one of those guys with the raw talent to really be a league-wide talent if he makes the next step, and given the aforementioned importance of relationships in Quinn’s mindset, this is really good to hear. Hayes now being a veteran, this kind of word passed around the locker room could really go a long way to reassuring guys like Andersson or Chytil, who got at most 5 minutes of playing time under AV (ok, a bit more at the end of the season, but still), that things will be different under Quinn and that they can rest easy regarding the trajectory their careers will end up taking.

Quinn’s letter to the fans:

“I describe my coaching style as fair and demanding. We want to be in the opposition’s faces and make them uncomfortable every shift. We want them to know when they see the Rangers on the schedule, it’s going to be a long night.”

We’re going to be a team that’s built around defense, and not only in our own zone. We’re going to play with the puck, and the minute we don’t have it, we’re going to work to get it back. Whether in our zone, their zone or the neutral zone, our job is to make things as difficult as they can be for the 20 guys in the other uniform.”

To put it bluntly, because I’ve already over analyzed every little thing he said on the Michael Kay Show and in SNY, he knows. He definitely, really, for sure, knows.

So with all that said I’ll simply leave you all with this: it’s going to be OK everybody, I really think so.

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29 thoughts on “Some Key Quinn Quotes

  • May 27, 2018 at 9:16 am

    Well done Pat, nothing to add.

    And well done to the Rangers, seems like the right coach at the right time.

  • May 27, 2018 at 10:22 am

    “I know Shattenkirk, I know Hayes, I know Kreider … I know Brendan Smith”, also he is friendly with Vesey, who he tried to also recruit. This is critical to the success of the team going forward because he will have the respect of these players, and they know he is an up front type of guy.

    Shatty made a comment about looking forward to playing under this coach, who is his friend, and coached him at BU, and in the AHL, that I found interesting. He said the man is demanding, but fair, will work you hard, but is also understanding, and patient. Kids like Buch, Chytle, ADA, and Andersson will all be treated well, will be fair to them, and won’t staple them to the pine if they make a mistake. It always seemed that the kids skated with fear of screwing up under AV, because they would sit for the remainder of the game, and occupy the “Chateau Bow Wow”.

    Bottom line I have a very good feeling about the upcoming season. We may, or may not make the PO’s, but the long term future is a hell of a lot brighter under his leadership, and I look forward to it!!!!!!!!

    • May 27, 2018 at 11:07 am

      Shatty is a player that Quinn benched for a game to do some video work and training. But he’s still excited to play for him. Enough said.

  • May 27, 2018 at 11:28 am

    Quinn seems like a fine contrast to Vigneault so far, stylistically and public relations-wise he’s off to a good start. Bet Quinn is just what this team needs. I like his public statements regarding who he knows and expects to play big roles for NYR—perhaps it’s an early tip as to who Quinn is looking at in terms of the next leadership group of this team. Thumbs up all the way for this guy, his candor is much appreciated by this fan.

    • May 28, 2018 at 12:39 pm

      In one interview Coach Quinn said more then AV did during his entire Rangers tenure.

      • May 28, 2018 at 1:16 pm

        AV spoke? I must have missed it.

  • May 27, 2018 at 11:51 am

    “We want to be in the opposition’s faces and make them uncomfortable every shift. We want them to know when they see the Rangers on the schedule, it’s going to be a long night.” My kind of coach.

  • May 27, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    I think the Hayes and AV relationship was misunderstood. That was a coach who was to stubborn to put Hayes in the correct role but used him for a specific reason because he was the only center he trusted.

    I’ve said it before and now so since that it happened I think it’s safe to assume Hayes hits the 60+ Mark. A coach who believes in him for his offensive gifts will make him go a long way in the league. Vally was even on the record for calling him a 2c who proves to be a 1c. The fact that Quinn said it’s destined to coach him must mean a powerful bond them. It was obvious after the Stepan trade that the team wanted Hayes for the long run. I still don’t see how people would have thought that trading him was still in the question after they chose him over JT a few months ago.

    • May 28, 2018 at 1:01 am

      I agree … think they have no intention of trading Hayes … or Mika for that matter, at least not until Chytil and/or Andersson prove to be consistently so good that they make one of them expendable.

      • May 28, 2018 at 7:07 am

        Practically every player is on the table for trade, depending on what they do with the rest of the roster.

        The most likely to be traded are Zuc and Hayes. Not for the same reasons that the Rangers traded the other players at the deadline, but to upgrade the current roster.

        If Fox (Calgary) is on the table for trade, then the Rangers will trade Zuc for him in a second.

        • May 28, 2018 at 10:21 am

          Hayes isn’t getting traded. If there happens to be a chance that a top 6 center might get traded than Zib could be next to go.

          I’m confident enough to say this and let’s wait and find out.

        • May 28, 2018 at 12:08 pm

          Anything is possible but I don’t think have ANY intention of trading either one of them this year.

          • May 28, 2018 at 12:21 pm

            To Mint and Tanto, to be clear, the Rangers are not “looking” to trade Hayes, but make no mistake, the Rangers are looking for high quality players, so trading a guy like Hayes may be a necessity.

            I put it at 33% that he gets traded, so likely that he stays, especially with this coach coming in. But Kevin is one of the assets being dangled, like Namer and Spooner.

            • May 28, 2018 at 1:35 pm

              Spooner is one id move first. Id dangle Spooner, Day and Gropp to Minnesota for Coyle. Id even consider taking on Tyler Ennis contract to lessen The price for Coyle!

              • May 28, 2018 at 4:57 pm

                Spooner will definitely be dangled. So will Namer, and God knows who else.

              • May 29, 2018 at 9:40 am

                Pass on Coyle … people still complain about Kreider and you want to bring in a much paler version of special K?

            • May 28, 2018 at 6:00 pm

              I think its likely that Spooner is moved. Though they may keep him as a wing. I think they keep Namestnikov and Hayes.

            • May 29, 2018 at 9:45 am

              Richter … why would they make lateral moves with a guy like Hayes who obviously has an established relationship with Quinn? He is a high quality player. Moving a guy like Hayes makes no sense unless you’re bringing back a bona fide stud — and in that case I guess anyone would be trade bait. Now Namestikov, Spooner and Zucc are another matter.

        • May 28, 2018 at 2:31 pm

          Fox? From Harvard? What makes this ECAC kid so intriguing to Gorton and the Rangers?

          • May 28, 2018 at 4:56 pm

            Fox is their top D prospect and I think he’s unsigned. He has oodles of offensive skill.

            Plus he’s from Long Island (Jericho). He may want to play in NY, since he’s not signed.

  • May 27, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    Hope springs eternal. The four teams who were left to play for the cup seem to play the way Quinn espouses. Three of them have at least one superstar. If Quinn can get the Rangers to play like LV, I think we Ranger fans would be carry him on our shoulders in a parade around the Garden.

  • May 28, 2018 at 8:27 am

    Thank you to our brave men and women, present and past, that have given us the freedom and security that we have today. Thank you for your service and sacrifice, including your families that have given much for our country.

    Thank you also to our brave first emergency responders who save lives every day.

    Keep them all in your thoughts and prayers, today, and every day.

  • May 28, 2018 at 8:43 am


    Your comment about the families of the fallen is so right on spot.

    Every Memorial Day I write letters to nine families of Marines I fought along side with in a special operations group for two tours in Vietnam who died in combat. I’ve done this since the first Memorial Day I was back in the States. 1971. The demographics have changed. Those early letters most often went to parents, wives, brothers and sisters of the fallen. Now it’s mostly their wives and children.

    The pain those families endured and still endure should be first and foremost in our minds on Memorial Day.

    It’s not only the BRAVE men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice, it’s their loved ones left behind that should also be honored, as they have sacrificed as well……..

    To the quality people like you, Walt, Leather and others never seem to forget the vets and their families I say thank you.

    • May 28, 2018 at 9:06 am

      Semper Fi Jerry from “Hell in a helmet / Black Boots” and The Bastards of Betio”

      Today is for the ones who moved on, not us who yet remain. They will never be forgotten in my mind.

      For many people today is everyday for them. Let’s pray for the famalies as well.

      • May 28, 2018 at 9:14 am

        Semper Fi my brother.

    • May 28, 2018 at 10:24 am

      Haha the the vets in my family say screw America. Guys on the front line of Vietnam war and since I was a pre teen they made sure to let me know the other side of war.

      • May 28, 2018 at 3:30 pm

        The family members you speak of are their names Fonda & Sarandon,if so or not they are aware they’re free to leave at any time.

        • May 29, 2018 at 7:31 am

          No, it’s Mao, and Ho!!!!

  • May 28, 2018 at 11:39 am


    Your note brings me back to Da Nang, and the memories of friends who gave their all. I think of them daily, and pray that they rest in peace. Thank you for putting in writing your thoughts, it means a lot to never forget the fallen, and the impact it has on their families. God bless them all!!!!!

    On a personal basis, thank you Marines for our safety on the base, and Monkey Mountain where we were sent to work at the 620th AC & W site!!!!!!!

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