David Quinn, while discussing why he hired David Oliver and Greg Brown, said that it was important for him to have assistants that he can "trust and have confidence in."
He noted that while he has a past with with both of them, he didn't just hire a "a couple of buddies."
Quinn said that both of them are "extremely well-respected throughout the hockey world" and will be "major factors in helping us become the team we want to be and can be."
Quinn noted that while both lack NHL experience, Lindy Ruff is still around and his experience is "one of the assets he brings to our group."
Quinn said that Oliver has a lot of experience working with NHL players and that Greg is as "well-respected as anyone at any level for his ability to develop high-end players."
Chris Kreider, who was at BC, with Brown, said that he is "incredibly excited" to work with Brown again and said that he, as well as the entire staff at BC, played a big role in his development. (NYR)
The Brown is one of the best "tacticians among college assistant coaches."
Kevin Shattenkirk, who was part of the Avs organization with Oliver, said that Oliver was someone who helped him understand what it was like to be a pro. (NYR)
Shattenkirk noted that while Oliver can be intense, it's because he "loves the game and he loves the team that he's associated with, and he's very passionate about it." (NYR)
Quinn said that Oliver is someone that relates well to players and that players respect the effort and time he puts into working with them. (NYR)
On the two hires, Quinn said "I have a great personal relationship with them but also have immense professional respect for them. It really was a home run in all those areas." (NYR)