Rangers Roundup: JD out clause, Panarin watch, Stars eliminated, and Kakko highlights

Kaapo Kakko (Getty Images)

Latest buzz around the world impacting the New York Rangers.

Brooks inside scoop on JD and Panarin situation

“It has long been believed Davidson’s contract with Columbus includes a clause that allows him to leave if offered the Rangers’ presidency. The official request is expected in short order following the Blue Jackets’ second-round elimination on Monday. Barring a dramatic, unforeseen development, it should not be long before one of the most popular individuals in recent franchise history returns to New York at the top of the directory.”

Larry Brooks – NY POST

So John Davidson, who is under contract has an out clause if the Rangers come calling. That is a pretty interesting bit of info but even more interesting is how his presence will impact the way the Blueshirts will approach Artemi Panarin.

Larry Brooks states that JD will give Jeff Gorton the inside scoop on Panarin. There is no denying his on ice talent, but JD knows exactly how Panarin is in the room and what kind of teammate he is. While I believe the Rangers are still going to make a run at him, JD may pull back the reins if the ask is too much for a possible disruptive force in the locker room.

To close out, there is nothing to suggest Panarin is anything but a great teammate. Just go ask Patrick Kane what he thinks of him. Come July 1st and JD is President, the Blueshirts will go all in on him.

Rangers lose out on third 1st round pick


Kakko Highlights

The Rangers are most likely to select Kaapo Kakko with the #2 pick at the draft. Alex Nunn put together a great highlight reel of Kakko for you to enjoy here.

David Quinn on MSG 150

Head coach, David Quinn appeared on the new MSG show and dropped these great quotes:

Thoughts on team’s roster going forward

“We’re so excited for the possible additions and the core that we’re going to have coming back. We think that we can really carry over some of the things that we did well throughout the season. We had a bunch of guys that had real good years and possibly career years. And if you add players of that stature and maybe a few more, we feel that we’re going to make the next step.”

Perspective on his first year

“You always learn something whenever you take a new job. Whether it’s a coaching job in the National Hockey League or a first-time head coach in college hockey or the American League. There are things you are going to reflect on, things you know you’re going to be better at. One of the things that we feel as a staff is that the familiarity between the players and the coaching staff right from day 1 will really help us next year. We can’t wait to get going.”

Coaching in college and the pros

“The approach doesn’t really change because no matter what level you’re at, it’s about managing people and motivating people. Your roster, whether it’s 18-22 [year old] like in college or 18-37 [year old] as in the National Hockey League, it’s figuring out how to coach everybody and make them the best player they can possibly be.”

On importance of building relationships with players

“One of things that happens when you do scratch a player or give people bad news, you have to build relationships to be able to deliver that news so that players understand it’s for their best interests even though they might not see it at that time. And as a staff, we spend a lot of time building our relationships with our players, so when you do break bad news, they know it’s for their best interests. When your players know that you care about them, there’s a trust factor. And I really felt that there was a trust factor between our players and our staff.”

Source: MSG Networks

Anthony Scultore has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL since 2014. His work also appears at... More about Anthony Scultore

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