When John Tortorella got to Madison Square Garden tonight, Chris Drury was already here. The center craned his neck last night on the bench to look at his new coach as if to say, “Put me out there.”
“That’s Chris Drury,” Tortorella said. “That’s how much he cares.”
Tortorella can see how much Drury wants it, but like a lot of the other Rangers these days, that desire leads to gripping the stick too tightly and missing shots.
John Tortorella spoke before the game and had a few observations like that after watching tape of his debut against the Maple Leafs.
“I feel pretty good about the club,” Tortorella said. “Especially after watching the tape.”
He thought Wade Redden and Marc Staal were the two best defensemen out there last night.
Brandon Dubinsky, who Torts coached in the world championship, was one of his favorite offensive players out there. Henrik Lundqvist will be in net. He’s sitting Fredrik Sjostrom so that he can get a look at Aaron Voros.
Voros sat last night and said he was glad his coach talked to him before the first game to explain why he was sitting him. He didn’t like it, but appreciated the honesty.
Torts declined to specify the lines he would use tonight, so props to whoever posts them first.
Lastly, he said four or five guys were in bad shape, but declined to call them out by name. So props to whoever names those first, too!