"Fans might think a player just goes to a team because there's a greater financial success there for him, but that's not it, "said Ward, a former No. 5 overall draft pick from the University of Michigan. "It's a lot like when I was recruited in college. We literally as a family sat down and listed a few things regarding where we wanted to be. There was a component on my list of which teams would have a chance to win the Stanley Cup, and there was a big check mark right there next to the Rangers. You don't want to go anywhere where you feel like you're going to have to endure a season. You want to enjoy a season. I'm going to enjoy this season."
"You've already got a winning feeling here. You see the type of intensity in this locker room," said Ward after skating with his new teammates in an informal pre-camp scrimmage on Tuesday. "Even now, you've got guys that are here early. I was here last week and a number of the guys were already here getting ready. When you're a losing team, guys wheel in a day or two before training camp. When you're a winning team, people are here like this kind of getting that camaraderie going again. Getting that feeling that there's a sense of unity in the locker room."
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