Matthew Rempe Speaks After Playoff Benching


Feb 25, 2024; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Mathieu Olivier (24) and New York Rangers center Matt Rempe (73) fight during the first period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

NEW YORK — Matthew Rempe is already thinking about how the next steps in his development.

“Just working on all my skills every day,” Rempe said before Wednesday’s Game 1 agsinst the Panthers. “Every single aspect of my day. Have a detailed plan every day, this summer I’m gonna have a detailed plan [of] every single aspect I gotta work on.

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“Everything, what I’ve done my whole life, is outwork people and that’s what I want to do. I know I got a long way to go. I’ve just been always playing catchup, per se, the last couple of years and here I want to exceed expectations every single day. I got a lot of work to do now.”

Rempe, has had an up and down playoff run so far. The rookie forward hasn’t played since May 13 against the Hurricanes. Although he has been scratched, he says his conversations with head coach Peter Laviolette have been positive.

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“You always want to play,” Rempe said. “But I know it’s a long journey I got ahead. I’ll enjoy every part of it. … I gotta get better. I want to be that impact player. Just learn from everything and don’t take anything personally. Have fun every morning. I’m always hungry, always want to get better, that’s the way I look at it.”

Rempe has played in seven games and has recorded 1 goal.

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