He's going to do a great job. He's a knowledgeable guy, and I think he'll do a really good job.
To be quite honest, since he got hurt, he looks more confident. I don't want to say he looks fresher, but it seems those couple of days off did him good.
I thought he did a couple of really good things. If you were really watching, he made two or three really good plays that just didn't get finished.
I thought he played much better, that he is getting involved and has started to get more comfortable over the last couple of games.
He's a tremendous hockey mind, and he's been around a long time. I'm sure he's brought a lot to that team.
You have to know the time, you have to know the score, you have to know who's on the ice.
These are guys who are difference makers. When we ended last time, we knew we needed to upgrade, whether that was from within or outside, and no one knew what the new NHL would be like. We knew we had to improve our team and we knew we had some deficiencies. ... We're real excited.
He helps their team out immensely. He's been a top player for a long time.
I played against Larry Robinson, the New Jersey coach a few times in my career, and very, very rarely was his stick up off the ice.
That's what we expect of him. That's why we brought him here, to be a guy who can win us games and give us an opportunity to win.
We'll give guys an opportunity. That may be the difference for them being here, or not.
It's game we should have won. But the other night, the Kings led by four goals and lost. You're going to see games like this now.
By Sunday night, I'm hoping that we're going to have a pretty darn close look to what we're going to have on Wednesday. We're still trying some things, putting some guys in situations maybe they're not ready for, but the only way we're going to find out is to put them in there.
The lineup we'll have in there, I think the people will enjoy seeing. It will be an exciting night, I think, for everybody.
I'm sure on the inside he had some nerves going, but they won't be as big as they will be eight days from now. That's all part of the process of becoming a pro.
The bottom line is, we've got to find a way to win a game. The lack of wins hasn't been from effort or work maybe it's just a matter of working a little smarter.
They kind of fit him in for a checkup. He said he was feeling fine, and just wanted to make sure he's being looked after.
He has the skill and the speed, no question about it, and the shot to play at this level. He's one of those guys who has a tremendous opportunity to be on our team.
He's been battling something the past few days. He will not play. We will see how he feels Thursday.
I just know he had a stomach virus or flu symptoms last week and sometimes those things stick with you. And when you try to work through them and play at the level that he expects to play at, sometimes you don't let yourself get back (to being) completely healthy.
We want to give him the opportunity to become the best player he can, in all three zones. When a guy wants to play all the time and he wants the puck, it's important for us to give him those chances.
He's always going to get his number called on the power play. And he's experienced enough to be able to bounce from line to line.
Tonight I was extremely happy with our penalty killing. I thought Marc-Andre played extremely well. I liked the way our power play started but I didn't like the way it finished.
The guys played as gutsy a game as you can coming off a long trip and found a way to get it done the other night. It is disappointing to know we can play like that and then not have it tonight. ... It's going to be a long 48 hours before we play Monday night.
Both guys played really well. Erik fit in very nicely and did a lot of good things, just really gave us a jolt in the middle. And Ryan played a lot of power play, did a good job killing penalties.