"There's nothing there to worry about personally or professionally," Stoll said on a conference call. "I'm just excited about moving on. Signing with the New York Rangers is the first step in moving on and getting back on the ice and helping that team win.
"Obviously everything that happened happened and I had to take care of that. After that point, I know what I can bring to a team. I know what kind of person I am. I know what kind of player I am. ….I have won before and I just want to be within a good group that can do that again. Knowing that, knowing what I can provide to a team, it never wavered."
These were Stoll's first comments to the media since his arrest at the Wet Republic Pool at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. In June, he was charged with one felony count of possession of cocaine but an amended criminal complaint later filed did not mention narcotics.
Stoll said he had completed the community service part of his plea agreement. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said in an email to The Times on Monday that the league had met with Stoll and he is "no longer subject to the potential of further discipline from the league perspective."
Stoll, 33, also spoke about his meeting in May with Kings General Manager
"It had an impact on me for both reasons, personal and professional," said Stoll, who was on the Kings' two
He went out of his way to thank the fans in Los Angeles, other members of the Kings organization and mentioned the support of his family and his girlfriend, Erin Andrews.
Stoll was asked on the call about the link to cocaine and if the Rangers were getting a "bad guy."
"I know what kind of person I am. I know what kind of hockey player I am. The people around me know what kind of person I am," Stoll said. "For the outside world to think what they think, it really doesn't have an impact on myself or the way I play hockey.
"That's not who I am. That's not the person I was brought up to be and anybody important in my life knows that. What I'm focusing on now is playing for the New York Rangers, helping that team win, getting to New York and playing at Madison Square Garden. It's an exciting time. There's no reason to discuss the past right now."
The Rangers did plenty of due diligence before signing Stoll, making the character checks throughout the hockey world. Ultimately, newly minted Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton thought it was worth the chance, saying Stoll's "body of work far outweighed anything else."
"It all comes out the same, as a real character guy that made a mistake and we all want to move forward," Gorton said.