Rangers explain reasons behind deadline moves
President John Davidson and General Manager Jeff Gorton held a presser to discuss all moves made and not made. Gorton mentioned that their approach was to be competitive now and still keep an eye on the future. That was the main reasons why they kept Chris Kreider whom they admit was uncertain until today and even had deals they were considering.
Keeping Kreider and Fast
John Davidson said that the pluses outweighed the minuses and his play with Mika Zibanejad was a major consideration. Once that decision was reached it impacted the approach the rest of the way. Hypothetically if they didn’t reach an agreement they would’ve had to trade him. As for Fast, they just felt he was more valuable on the team the rest of the way.
John Davidson was excited that the team is competitive but still has an eye on the future. The deal now gives them three first round picks and 19 picks in the next 2 drafts. Brendan Smith likely to slot in for now. Gorton did say that this was a cap move as well as opening a spot for kids.
On Henrik’s future and him wanting to speak with management, Davidson said he’s been a pro but they will need to talk about the situation. JD said he is confident that there will be a resolution. It does sound like it could be his end as a Ranger.
The Accident and the Future
JD called it a curveball but Gorton said it didn’t impact their decisions. The focus is on the big picture and sticking to the plan JD and the organization set out when he got here. They want to make the playoffs but not lose focus on the end game.