He believes Mats Zuccarello can contribute to the Rangers this season and said the 5-foot-7 Norwegian is adjusting to the North American game “very quickly.”
- Neither forward Tim Kennedy nor his agent have requested a trade
- Forward Evgeny Grachev is working hard to become a complete player
- Defenseman Ryan McDonagh is reading the game well and his puck-handling has improved
- Defenseman Pavel Valentenko, though a strong skater, needs to work on his foot speed
- Former Canadian Olympic figure skater Barbara Underhill, who worked with Brian Boyle on his skating technique this summer, is working with the Whale’s players on a regular basis.
On McDonagh: "Every time I see him, he's a little better. His reads were good, his intelligence, his neutral zone gap. His puck handling has improved, his shot has improved; he's not going to be an offensive guy. The thing we asked him to do is when you make up your mind to finish, you finish with force, and for awhile, you're half in half out, but once you make your read to go....he's getting better in that regard. He has the power and strength and timing to be a physical force."
On Valentenko: "he a good skater, a strong skater, but the game is not a long-distance race, it's from here to that door. Those are the races you ahve to win, so it's that explosion. We've notice imporvement, he's on the line, but not where we want him to be."