New Rangers center Jarret Stoll, and the team's general manager Jeff Gorton, answered questions Monday about Stoll's addition to the Blueshirts for the 2015-16 season. Here are some of the highlights of what they had to say:
"You look at (Jarret Stoll) on the ice and he's a guy that can play all three positions--both wings and center--and he can kill penalties, and it's well-documented he can win faceoffs. He can move up and down the lineup, too. He's played on the power play and can really shoot the puck, and he can play the point on the power play. I think all of those factors went into our decision on this one. I think he'll fit in well, and I think (the signing) helps us moving forward."
"We did some things (this summer) we felt we needed to do in order to improve our team, but when we come back and play hockey again that's when people can evaluate our moves and decisions. Each move is a little separate from the other, and this one we felt like was an opportunity to improve our team."
"I realized how good of an opportunity it would be to play in New York, for the Rangers, at Madison Square Garden in front of their great fans, so there were obviously a lot of great things about the organization. It was pretty clear to me what I wanted to do, where I wanted to be, and who I wanted to play for."
"I know what I can bring to the team and what kind of player I am. I can play a lot of different roles and will play anywhere in the lineup. I just want to help the team win. I have won before and I just want to fit in with a good group where I could do that again. I can help in a lot of ways."
"Playing for Darryl Sutter (in Los Angeles) we rolled four lines, liked to keep the pace high; and I know the Rangers like to do a lot of stretch plays to get the puck moving up the ice and into the forwards' hands and on to the fore check. Personally I love fore checking, love getting in there and being physical and helping get the puck. So I know (the Rangers) are a very fast team."