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Quotable Mika Zibanejad

by Jim Cerny / New York Rangers

New Rangers center Mika Zibanejad met with reporters in New York on Friday and discussed a variety of topics surrounding his recent trade to the Blueshirts. Here are some of the highlights of what the 23 year-old Zibanejad had to say.

"Playing in Madison Square Garden, it's always been a fantastic atmosphere every time I've played there. It doesn't seem to matter what team you are playing against, the crowd is always into it. It was tough, but real easy to feed off the crowd. That's one of the things I am really looking forward to. I can't wait to play on the home side there."

"I'm really excited for this team we have right now, the guys that we have, the core group of guys that have gone far (in the playoffs) in the past. It's going to be fun to be a part of. It's going to be fun to have that goal, that mindset, of not just making the playoffs, but to go far. It's going to be exciting."

"It's a fast team, and I feel like I can play that game. I'm hoping I'll fit wherever they put me and whatever way they want me to play."

"My points have gotten higher every season, and I want that again--my goals, my assists, to go up; but I want more consistency in my game, and with more consistency in my game the points should come. I think for me it's more of a mindset of, last year it was having that guy come at me, now I want it to be the other way around, to be more of a threat, make other teams know that I am out there, be a big presence."

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