Adam Fox isn't ready to predict if the New York Rangers will qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season, but the defenseman said he is ready for bigger and better things.
"I think playoffs or bust is maybe an exaggerated way to put it, but definitely the expectations are higher," Fox said during an appearance on the "NHL @TheRink" podcast Wednesday.
The Rangers have not won an NHL postseason game since 2017. They didn't qualify for the playoffs in 2018 or 2019, were swept in three games in the best-of-5 Stanley Cup Qualifiers by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2020 and failed to reach the playoffs again last season.
Fox also talked about winning the Norris Trophy voted as the best defenseman in the NHL and what it has meant to him, the likelihood of the Rangers having a captain for the first time since defenseman Ryan McDonagh was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2018 and the possibility that it could be him, and the potential to have a chance to play for the United States in the 2022 Beijing Olympics.
The Rangers changed coaches in the offseason, hiring Gerard Gallant, the Jack Adams Award winner with the Vegas Golden Knights in 2017-18 for NHL coach of the year as voted by members of the NHL Broadcasters' Association. Gallant is replacing David Quinn, who was fired after three seasons.