A lot went through defenseman Rob O'Gara's mind when he was told on Tuesday he'd been dealt to the New York Rangers as part of a package for Nick Holden. But there was one emotion that stood out above all else.
"A little bit of shock at first but then a lot of excitement," he said after his first practice with the team. "Talking to family and friends and just getting a ton of texts yesterday. It's very cool. It's a good opportunity and I'm really excited. That's the word. There were 1,000 emotions going through me yesterday, but I'd say excited was the No. 1."
The other thing that came to mind for the 24-year-old was the chance to show the Rangers what he can bring to the lineup. With the Rangers' goal of getting younger heading into Monday's trade deadline, coupled with a string of injuries on the back end, the opportunity is there for O'Gara.