You have to love John Tortorella’s honesty.
“The regular season stinks,” Tortorella said. “It gets boring and this is the time of year where now the lights at the end of the tunnel, the playoffs are right there and we got less than a quarter. This is the fun time because its a dogfight every night and trying to get in, and then the real stuff happens — playoffs.”
That was the theme today at an optional pre-game skate at Nassau Coliseum before they take on the Islanders at 7 p.m. Newcomers Nik Antropov, Derek Morris and Sean Avery were on the ice even though Torts let assistant Jim Schoenfeld handle the practice.
“It’s a new chapter of my life,” said Antropov, a tall glass of water at 6-foot-6. “It’s nice to be with the Rangers, an Original Six team, a great organization.”
“It’s been a blast,” Tortorella said. “It’s something I love to do and I am one of the fortunate ones that I get another chance at it especially with this organization here, the Rangers.”
Morris, who was paired with his former Phoenix defense partner Paul Mara in the optional skate, said he was nervous coming here because, “Phoenix is laid back compared to New York.”
Steve Zipay of Newsday is reporting that the conditional pick in the Antropov deal is a fourth-rounder if the Rangers get past the second round of the playoffs. He also reports that Philadelphia was heavily in the mix for Morris.