Patrick Kane talks Stanley Cup; Rangers denied emergency call up

Patrick Kane took his first twirl on Garden ice sporting a New York Rangers practice jersey in preparation for his debut against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday.

The 34 year-old was all smiles addressing the media wearing a Rangers cap answering questions for over 10 minutes. He talked about the trade, team, and his friend Artemi Panarin.

Patrick Kane talks about Rangers trade

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Mar 29, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) celebrates his goal with center Tanner Kero (67) and right wing Patrick Kane (88) against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at the PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

On the trade:

“It was a team that was on my radar for a long time… It wasn’t like I was extremely mad about the situation when they made the move for Tarasenko. It didn’t seem like it would still be an option for me, but now I’m happy they made that move and both of us are here. I’m excited to play with Vladi, he’s an amazing player. Happy we’re both on the same side.”

On Artemi Panarin:

“Today is the first time I’ve seen him in a long time. He’s a fun guy to be around and I’ve missed that over the last five, six, seven years, whatever it’s been. We picked up right where we left off and hopefully it’s the same on the ice.”

On the Kids:

“These guys are high picks and have had great careers so far. Look at a guy like Chytil, he’s really taken off this year. I really respect the way Lafreniere and Kakko play. They play a physical and grinding style. For high picks you don’t usually see that. I’m excited to learn from them too.”

On going for the Cup:

“It would be amazing… I’m here for the experience, play with good players, and this organization. When it comes down to it you’re here to win. That’s what it’s all about.”

On an extension:

“To be honest, I haven’t really thought about it. Just taking it one step at a time and excited to be here now.”

New York Rangers denied emergency recall

According to multiple reports, the New York Rangers were denied an emergency recall. The league said the Rangers had sufficient cap space for a call up after the injury to Ryan Lindgren and suspension of K’Andre Miller.

That cap space was used up to fit Patrick Kane.

Meanwhile, the Arizona Coyotes are trading away players to pick up dead contacts in order to reach the cap floor. The Yotes acquired the contracts of Shea Weber and Jakub Voracek this week. Neither player is expected to play again.