Rangers President, General Manager and Head Coach Glen Sather spoke with the local and national media following the announcement that Brian Leetch agreed to terms on a contract to remain on Broadway.
Q: How did the negotiating process go from your standpoint?
GS: I met with Brian at the end of the season and we spoke about what his goals were, what he wanted to do. I told him basically the same thing ... that I wanted him to remain as a Ranger and he indicated he wanted to stay as a Ranger. I told him we had to find out where the market was going to be, we both were patient, waited to discover where it would be and I think the process went along very well. It wasn't painful for anyone. We just went along like two people who wanted to get to the same conclusion.
Q: With the exception of a few minor changes or additions, is this the team you will go to Training Camp with?
GS: It's hard to predict what happens between now and Training Camp and once we get into Camp there's going to be some kids who are fighting for positions. I don't want to predict and say the 22 guys who are under contract right now are going to be the ones who will be there throughout the season because there's always continual change happening within any hockey team.
Q: How did watching Brian from behind the bench last season affect your opinion of him as a player?
GS: I've seen him for a long time. I've watched Brian play for his entire career. He's a tremendous player and a great competitor. What surprised me is the determination that he brings everyday to be successful and to win. He has a tremendous desire to be a great player every day and every practice. There are very few players at any sport that can do that and he does it particularly well. He's a great competitor. That's a great badge to wear on his heart.