Moore Making Most of Opportunity With Rangers

Glen Sather has made a habit out of stealing secondary players in trades (see McDonagh and Prust). And now, with every game that passes it looks like John Moore is going to be added to that list. Here's John Tortorella on the defenseman (via Bergen Record)…

“I think he’s understanding as far as stick on puck, just to use his range to best of his ability because he takes up a lot of space, understanding how hard he has to be in the corners, he still has a lot of improvement there. I think he’s picking those things up, and just positioning period, to pick up quick thoughts, quick reads as far as where he should be on the ice.”

On Moore's offensive prowess from the blueline…

“I think part of our game, not just starting in playoffs, the last 10-15 games, we felt we were coming off the blue line too early and not allowing us to create opportunities. Especially a guy like (Moore) and a guy like (Ryan) McDonagh, if they get caught for some reason, they can recover. For all D, we’ve tried to keep them on the blue line longer so we can create offense longer. We want it more aggressive than just backing off.”

…Moore has already supplanted Del Zotto on the first power play unit and I tell you what if he keeps this up, it could be the reason Del Zotto is shipped out of town before his contract is over at the end of next season.

…kid is as smooth of a skater as they come and his game has improved significantly as he's gotten more comfortable in the Rangers system. If he can take his offense to the next level we could be looking at the defenseman we always thought and hoped Del Zotto would be. Except Moore, you know, actually plays some defense.

Here's Del Zotto on Moore taking away some of his PT (via Bergen Record)…

"It's healthy competition. He's played well since he's come here. I thought the power play was good [Monday]. If you have two good units, it definitely helps spreading out the minutes."

Here's more from Tortorella at practice yesterday…

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