Takeaways on New York Rangers disbandment day: Emotions remain tough

Tarrytown – Emotion was all over the map as the 2021-22 New York Rangers met Monday at the MSG Training Center to clean out their lockers and conduct exit interviews with team boss Chris Drury.

Pride in what they had accomplished by reaching the Eastern Conference final and disappointment in not being able to pass the two-time world champion Tampa Bay Lightning, but there were different ways to cope.

In some cases, most notably the stars Artemy Panarin and Igor Shesterkin, there were unforgettable moments of well-being. The former joked about his plans to sing karaoke this summer, while the latter mocked Hart Trophy winner Austin Matthews for failing to score on him this season.

But in others, the wounds were too fresh for the humor. Chris Kreider remained visibly shaken, as his close friend Mika Zibanijad escorted him to the press conference room for support.

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