Rangers Roundup: David Quinn’s brutal honesty, night of firsts in loss, and more

The Rangers opened the season not how they wanted to but with the result they earned with their effort. While the game did not meet the hype and expectations of what fans were hoping for after almost 6 months without hokey, it was a reminder.

This is still a process.

New York Rangers: David Quinn tells the truth

After the loss last night, David Quinn called what the Rangers played “hope hockey.” The third year head coach explained that the start and the effort was not going to cut it this season.

He acknowledged the rookies weren’t the problem, and there was plenty of blame to go around. More on the painful lessons later.

A night of firsts for the Rangers

Kaapo Kakko and Alexis Lafrenière made some Blueshirts history last night. It was the third time in franchise history that at least two teenagers played in a season opener.

The first time was in 1942-43 in Toronto, where Bill Gooden, Joe Bell, and Lin Bend took the ice. Then again in 1943-44 in Toronto with Don Raleigh and Billy Warwick.

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New York Rangers season opener (Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images)

Also, according to NHL Stats and Information, last night’s game was the first time in Rangers history that they had seven players 22 years old or younger all appear in a season-opening game. (Filip Chytil, Adam Fox, Brett Howden, Kaapo Kakko, Alexis Lafrenière, Ryan Lindgren, and K’Andre Miller)

And finally, it was even mentioned in the broadcast on MSG, all 6 defenseman that played last night were American born. Another Blueshirts first.


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Anthony Scultore is the founder of Forever Blueshirts and has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL... More about Anthony Scultore

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