New York Rangers head coach David discussed Marc Staal and the kids on the “Humpty and Canty” show on ESPN Radio show, Wednesday.
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Quinn started by talking about the anger he felt following the 7-4 loss to the Boston Bruins on Sunday. The coach felt the team had no “battle” in its game.
“Getting something done when someone is trying to stop you,” is what the team lacked, Quinn told the radio hosts. “It’s something every player needs to accomplish. In return, the players have to be aggressive in trying to stop the opponent from doing what they are trying to accomplish throughout a game.”
As successful as the Rangers were against the Buffalo Sabres, the game before Boston, Quinn felt the team took a step backward and needed to let the players know that after Sunday’s loss.
When the players were sent to Hartford before the start of the season, the players were disappointed but also took the challenge head-on with the Broadway goal firmly in mind.
In what might have been a dig against Vitali Kravtsov, Quinn said, “They didn’t sulk and embraced the challenge in Hartford. They deserved the opportunity to be called up.”
Kravtsov opted to leave the AHL Hartford Wolf Pack and go back to the KHL last week.
Quinn also talked about how hard it was to scratch defenseman Marc Staal. It was the first time in his 13 year career that he was a healthy scratch.
The head coach felt it was the right time to sit Staal, especially knowing he wanted to get Lindgren into the lineup on Tuesday.
He anticipates getting Staal back into the lineup with a new outlook and improved play soon.
Quinn promised, if the Rangers defeat the Nashville Predators on Saturday afternoon, he would come back o the show Monday. Let’s hope a new trend will be started with plenty of guest appearances on ESPN radio shortly.