Following the Rangers elimination from the playoffs, Derek Stepan said of the Rangers, “the pieces are there. Everyone in the locker room loves being around, we have a great hockey team. Great goaltending, great defensemen. We have the right keys, we just came up a little bit short.”
Captain Ryan Callahan said, “you feel the sting of the missed opportunity. I felt we had a chance to get far with this team, but at the same time we have a lot of guys coming back. We will have a good team next year but we need to realize that these opportunities don’t last and we need to take advantage of it.
He added, “it’s a waste of a season if you don’t learn from it. You need to take something out and learn from it.”