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Quinn thinks Smith did himself a lot of good playing forward and other tidbits from breakup day

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The Rangers season is finally over. After every season — whether it ends in early April or after an exit from the postseason — there’s a breakup day that often sheds some light on unanswered questions and the immediate futures of players. The guys come in to clean out their lockers, have some final interviews with the coaching staff and management, and talk to the media one last time.

Injuries:

The only real injury news, which we posted about last night, was related to Jesper Fast. The winger went under the knife this past Monday for a thumb fracture suffered back in February.

How, and why, Fast played through the injury is still a mystery to this day. He was routinely held out of practices before he was finally shut down.

World Championships

As is a tradition, when a team ends its season, many of its more notable players announce whether or not they plan to play in the World Championships held later in May. This year, the Rangers are no different, with a bevy of their top players heading to don their national colors in Slovakia.

Chris Kreider and Brady Skjei are both no strangers to the international scene. Filip Chytil gets his second invitation to the Worlds from the Czech Republic after playing for them last spring, while Alexandar Georgiev getting an invite from Russia would be a nice capper to what was breakout season for the young Bulgarian netminder. We’ll keep you posted on any updates.

Quinn/Gorton Speak:

Finally; the head coach and general manager took some time to speak to the media yesterday. both David Quinn and Jeff Gorton reflected on the season that was and what will come next for the Rangers.

Quinn first:

Throughout that tweet thread Quinn mentions that there were no “surprises” among player evaluations and that Brendan Smith “did himself a lot of good” playing forward, so make of that what you will.

Finally, it was the GM’s turn to speak to the press and he had some thoughts on a wide range of topics.

Obviously, Gorton isn’t about to reveal his plans the day after the season ends, but Quinn did mention that he was going to discuss the team’s need for shooters when the organization meets in the offseason.

When asked about whether the Rangers are going to accelerate things, Gorton offered a few thought-provoking quotes:

So, there’s plenty to chew on here before and after tomorrow’s Draft Lottery. Keep your eyes on Blueshirt Banter as the offseason unfolds.