More excerpts:

  

      On Ales Kotalik:  "He started off well....My expectations, I don’t think, were met, and I’m sure his expectations of me weren’t met. It wasn’t a personal thing, just a situation where I wanted more. Sometimes it’s a chicken-and-egg. He felt he needed more ice time to get more, I felt we gave him opportunities and it just didn’t work out. I wish him the best. I hope he lights it up. I know he’s been frustrated and it hurt him this year.”

 

advertisement | advertise on newsday

       On Chris Higgins: “I was playing him 18 or 20 minutes, and he was doing all the other things and we’ll miss that. No matter if he was not scoring, he’d kill penalties, I used him late in games checking. He did all the stuff on the wall.  I loved everything about his game, he just struggled scoring. That’s a different situation, where Kots and I had a disagreement, I didn’t think he was doing enough of those small things. Higgy was.”