As promised, here’s my quick interview with Kyle Quincey from before yesterday’s game.
On being claimed by Kings
“I’m thrilled. I couldn’t get the smile off my face. I’m so excited to be here. It’s a new challenge for myself. I met all the guys today. It’s a great organization.”
On his friendship with O’Sullivan…
“He picked me up at the airport. Hopefully, he’ll show me around. We’ll be roommates for a little bit. Sully’s a great guy. I know he’s a great player. I played with him in juniors. We know each other so well on the ice, so that’s huge.”
On the state of the Kings’ organization
“The way I look at it, it’s a chance for me to be a part of that foundation. It’s exciting. I look at it as a challenge. It’s a good way to start my career.”
On whether he was caught up in numbers game in Detroit
“Detroit’s a very special place. Guys take pay cuts to stay there. Winnings is what they do there. They had 10 defensemen join camp. That’s a pretty hard lineup to crack. I’m grateful for my time there and being part of the Stanley Cup, their tradition and winning ways. I learned so much.”
On his conversation with Lombardi before game
“I talked to him before the game. He welcomed me to the team. I got to see the room. I’m in awe right now, meeting everybody and trying to remember everyone’s name.”
On what type of defenseman we can expect to see…
A Stay-at-home defenseman who jumps up in the rush and sticks up for his teammates and makes the other team pay the price.