Stan and Torts


Starved for something about the Rangers?

Well, Stan Fischler had this chat with John Tortorella, posted on Friday.

You can read it here.

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  1. Stan is a strange one!

    Most of this we already know of course. I like this part: “IMPORTANCE OF SEAN AVERY: ‘I didn’t realize how good a skater he is. That’s most impressive. The biggest thing about Sean is that he needs to be a big part of the club. He has to believe that he can be a good player. My responsibility is to show that we believe in him as a player. Sean and I have stayed close during the summer and he knows how I feel. If he crosses the line, he won’t play. He’s certainly made strides; I can even put him on the power play.'”

  2. I think its safe to say that Zherdev will be awarded something close to Tuomo Ruutu’s contract.

    It’s pretty eery how similar the situations are:

    Zherdev – 24 years old 23, 35, 58 pts +6 last year

    Ruutu – 26 years old 26, 28, 54 pts +/- 0 last year

    Both had Arb right this year (Ruutu settled before court) for 3.8 million per year/ 3 years

    Ruutu cap hit last year was 2.25 mill

    Zherdev last year was 2.5 mill

    * i have no problem keeping Z for 3.8 million a year – it is an honest salary figure *

  3. somerset- yea me too, but we just dont have cap space for him. i think you look at kotalik being signed for 3 mill and personally id rather have zherdev at 4 than kotalik. but when he was sihgned we had about 4 millon to sign 2 players. dubinsky or zherdev. so i think hes gone

  4. You know Redden snorts blow by night
    Smokes some hash in the day
    Tried to shoot
    His shot went wide

    Break on through to the other side
    Break on through to the other side
    Break on through to the other side, yeah

    He chased a drug dealer here
    Gave up a puck to Blake Wheeler there
    But can you still recall
    The time we cried
    Break on through to the other side
    Break on through to the other side

    C’mon, yeah

    Everybody loves my Powder
    Everybody loves my Powder
    He get
    He get
    He get
    He get high, Ohhhh

    I found a bag of meth in your arms
    Haziness in your eyes
    Arms that chain us
    Eyes that lie
    Break on through to the other side
    Break on through to the other side
    Break on through, oww!
    Oh, yeah!

    Snort some blow
    Week to week
    Day to day
    Hour to hour
    The gate is straight
    Deep and wide
    Break on through to the other side
    Break on through to the other side
    Break on through
    Break on through
    Break on through
    Break on through
    Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
    Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah


  5. i guess tommorow we should hear about zherdev. just want to see duby get signed so we know we have a pretty much complete roster. i really would like to see sather get a draft pick at least for zherdev.

  6. i really thought what torts said about hank tiring out and playing less games next year was dead on. but in all fairness, hank really had little support in the defensive zone in the series. any goalie is gonna get tired after facing 40-50 shots a game and not just that, but just playing so much in his end for 2 minute stretches on the pk and ovie just throwin shots at him left and right would wear any goalie out by game 5. which is when hank started to fold. and even after 2 bad games, he played good in game 7. good enough to win. we also played our best game of the playoffs in game 7. offensively and just 1 goal for our efforts. the goals will be there this season and with us playing in ther other end more will help hank be able to play alot of games. and sadly, unless girardi or staal become crease clearers we are gonna see the same crap last year with watching guys like ovie and semin just walk in on hank and do whatever they want. hopefully they promote sauer and he can be that tough checking d man. and yea erik reitz was slow, but he was tough and hit harder than our other d men. and was very cheap for a 7th d man.

  7. Damn, hosed by the new post again

    from last thread

    just a tidbit, brooks says that he thinks the rangers are going to sign bertuzzi. I am going to be in the minority here and know it, but I’m all for the signing if it happens. An affordable contract of a mil or so for one or two years would be good. Big guy, doesn’t play with quite the edge he did before the moore incident, but still with an edge. Could get us 15 to 20 goals and help on the power play. 3rd line duty (slower skater though, not malik slow, but slow). I do not want him to take the spot of a kid on the big club (especially soryal, really like to see him up here), but maybe none of the kids are ready yet, just maybe. I mean Dubi, cally, staal, girardi, anisimov, gilroy might be it for now (i really believe you can add grachev and DZ in the next couple of years as well) so if it is not going to be a kid, add a big body that might score a few.

    I would take ruutu and his salary in a heartbeat, Z, not so much!!!

  8. While most of this interview has comments we’ve heard from Torts before, this interview is one of Stan’s better articles and includes a few tidbits I hadn’t heard.
    It’s difficult to speculate on what to expect from this team…

    Torts will have time to fully implement his system, and with players that are judged as able to play it. I also think that a player’s character, not only skill, has been an important consideration this year, more so than in years past. I think we’ll see more of a TEAM this year, not just a collection of players. I think they’ll start off slowly but steadily improve.

    * Avery will have a career year in assists and points. He won’t get an ‘A’ but he’ll become a VIP on this team.
    * Drury will have a good start to the season and will play consistently all year.
    * Gaborik will stay healthy and play at least 70 games this season (does not include PO’s).
    * Stall will continue to improve, show flashes of a developing offensive skill and become a nasty presence in front of Hank.
    * Redden will be wearing an ‘A’ and play with much more confidence. He’s got something to prove and I think he will. (Just like Drury, he may not play up to his salary, but he’ll be solid).
    * Callahan will pick up from where he was last year and continue to improve and become another VIP.
    * Higgins will flourish and become a fan favorite.
    * Gilroy will make the team and be better than your typical 5-6 D-man.
    * Ansimov will make the team and play inconsistently for the first half of the season. He’ll need time to make the adjustment but Torts will stay with him and he’ll be solid after the All-Star break.
    * We’re all going to enjoy this season much more than last year!

  9. Hello, I hate you
    Wont you trade me today?
    Hello, I hate you
    If you don’t, i wont play
    Hello, I hate you
    You hate me to it would seem?
    Hello, I hate you
    Let me play for another team

    Im walking down the street
    Blind to every teammate i meet
    Do you think youll be the guy
    To convince me to stay tonight

    Hello, I love you
    Wont you tell me your name?
    Hello, I love you
    Pay me enough and ill play this game
    Hello, I love you
    Wont you sign me for years?
    Hello, I love you
    Now we can drink some beers

    We’re gonna get so high
    Like the statue of liberty in the sky
    Her arms are wicked, and her legs are long
    When she moves my brain screams out this song

    Put my skates on my feet
    Got so dizzy i fall out of my seat
    Do you hope to make them see, you play?
    Do you hope to make it through the day?

    Hello, hello, hello, hello, hello, hello, hello
    I want your money
    I need my money
    Hello, hello, hello, hello

  10. two things I deduced from the interview that torts said. One about cally and the overall size of this team ” But he’s not a real big guy and he can’t do it all alone ,” more hitting from others and we need to get bigger, size matters in the NHL!!!!!!!! Second, about the blueline, staal and girardi, ” but I’d like both of them to add some bite to their game. And by that I don’t mean running people into the boards, but a little nastiness,” what I’ve been saying all along is we need nasty and physical back there and we DO NOT have it in our system and need it so torts is trying to find it on the team and staal and girardi are the best candidates, but we need to go out of house to get it!

  11. wouldnt it be great if the entire garden sang Jim Morrisons Redden song? It would be like european socer in there (Glory Glory Man United!). A hell of a lot more thoughtful than just screaming “RED-DEN SUCKS!” Hell, we should just commision him to write an official song book for the rangers ;) Great stuff.

  12. And Carp- great job, enjoy reading on a daily basis. And I’m assuming you have the IP addresses for those 11 votes that Redden got to be Alternate Capt.

  13. Mike in ia

    I agree 100% about reitz, we should have never got rid of him. I would love to have him back as one of our 3rd pair d men. I think our best options out there, now that komisarek and tollefsen are gone, are Gauthier (my favorite over everyone except komisarek because of the fear and awareness that he instills in the other team due to his hitting ability, but he will cost the most of the options except komisarek obviously), vaananen, or reacquire reitz. Hell, as I said before, I would be happy as a pig in poop to trade rozy straight up to the fishsticks for witt!!

  14. That’s what real love amounts to. Letting a person be what he really is. Most people love you for who you pretend to be. To keep their love, you keep pretending- performing. You get to love your pretence. It’s true, we’re locked in an image, an act, and that’s what it means to watch Wade Redden play hockey. Ya dig ?

  15. It’s ironic that MSG is showing the game as a ranger classic from last year’s game in october against the Penguins when Z scored with less thqan 10 seconds left in the game and sent the game to OT where the rangers won in a shoot out.

  16. Chris from Albany on

    I still have that game on my DVR from that night. It’s kind of bitter sweet watching that game now that the Pens won the cup. It’s also sad that that was the most life Z showed all season.

  17. We’ll see what they do with him now- im hoping sign and trade rather than just walk away

  18. Too bad – I’d like to see him a play a whole season under Torts – might be just what the kid needs. His talent is undeniable and he showed some spark early in the season.

  19. Blueblood –

    Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself-and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That’s what real love amounts to-letting a person be what he really is. It’s time to set Nikolai free, like the bird caught in the wire, set free to avoid the eternal fire.

  20. Jim

    Deep Jim, very deep. I hear ya — Nikolai will “fly now freebird…”

    Would Torts be the eternal fire?

  21. The eternal flame is hell, death. People fear death even more than pain. It’s strange that they fear death. Life hurts a lot more than death. At the point of death, the pain is over. Death is the end, and the end is our friend.

  22. Nikolai as exposed himself to the deepest fear of his career; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. Now he is free.

  23. Aww baloney Jim – he’s still afraid of Torts

    He should be afraid of playing in KHL conditions

  24. The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. Nikolai doesn’t need to put on the mask that imprisons him in his own body, he can be who he was meant to be.

  25. Jim

    Can you please add nastiness and size to our blueline and up front as well!?!?!?!

  26. Yeah, c’mon
    Love my money
    It’s lookin’ good
    One more

    Five to one, baby
    One in five
    No one here gets out alive, now
    You got your money, baby
    I’ll get mine
    Gonna make it, baby
    If we try

    The old get old
    And the young get stronger
    May take a week
    And it may take longer
    They got the money
    And I want the numbers
    Gonna win, yeah
    Im takin’ over
    Come on!


    Your benching days are over, Torts
    Night is drawing near
    Back to Russia, no more fear
    Ya walk across the floor with a check in your hand
    Trying to tell me you don’t understand
    Sign and Trade cause you’re runnin out of time
    Gonna’ make it, cause im in my prime

    Come together one more time
    Get together one more time
    Get together one more time
    Get together, aha
    Get together one more time!
    Get together one more time!
    Get together one more time
    Get together one more time
    Get together, gotta, get together


    Hey, c’mon, Slats
    You won’t have along wait for me, Slats
    I’ll be there in just a little while
    You see, I gotta go out in this car with these people and…

    Get together one more time
    Get together one more time
    Get together, got to
    Get together, got to
    Get together, got to
    Take you up in my room and…
    Steal your money
    It’s lookin’ good, lookin’ real good
    Love ya, c’mon

  27. Doodie Machetto on

    Uhh, so something else I wrote wasn’t posted.

    What I said was, I bet 10 bucks that Zherdev signs somewhere else for less than his arbitration award.

    Then I clarified that said bet assume he signs in the NHL. If he signs in the KHL, all bets are off.

  28. Bull Dog-

    I like any reaction I can get with my music. Just anything to get people to think. Music inflames temperament.

    I wont listen to your demands. When you make your peace with authority, you become authority.

  29. when Z was back there in training camp
    there was a coach there who put forth the proposition
    that you could make the team and be soft
    make the team and be soft
    make the team and be soft


    can torts give us sanctuary? Z must find a place to hide
    a place for Z to hide

    can slats give us top line talent? we cant take it anymore, we lost old colton orr

    1st round losses, anemic offensively
    redden plays hockey like a girl named sandy

    there’s only 1 way to get it by hanky
    shoot high at the glove side and its like taking candy da da

    there’s only 3 skaters that play worth a damn
    avery, dubinsky, ryan callahan

    and sometimes stall

    catacombs, nursery bones, summer women in drury’s home
    carrying capt clutch one to connecticut

    streets and shoes, avenues
    party at aves’ after we lose to the blues


    Ha ha, he bought a little, yes, he did, woo!
    This is the best part of the trip, this is the trip, the best part I really like, what’d he say? , yeah!, yeah, right!
    Pretty good, huh, huh!, yeah, I’m proud to be a part of this number

    successful runs are far away
    as long as slats is here to stay

    gentle D were the rangers play
    welcome to the soft parade

    all our lives the fans sweat and save
    while wade redden’s got it made

    Must be something else we say,
    somehow to defend this place

    Every season must be this way, every season must be this way,

    The soft parade has now begun, listen to the clutchmobiles engines hum

    People out to have some fun, rozy on my left
    redden on my right, yeah

  30. bull dog line on

    sounds like you miss the old 4th line eh. Blair (selke) Betts is still out there lookng for his big 4th line contract.

  31. is everybody in?
    is everybody in?
    is everybody in?
    the season is about to begin


    Z found his own true love was on a Blue Sunday.
    Torts looked at Z and told Z
    Z was the only, One on the team.
    Now Z will ride pine.
    That Z gets back on D but takes his time
    That Z is Greg’s, he is not mine
    Z plays like a girl.
    La, la, la, la
    My Z gets back on D but takes his time
    That Z is Greg’s, He is his world
    Z is his girl

  32. Well, I just got into town about an hour ago
    Took a look around, see where i can buy some blow
    And watch little girls in their Manhattan bungalows

    Are you a lucky little lady in The City of Light
    Or just another lost angel…City of Night
    City of Night, City of Night, City of Night, woo, c’mon

    N.Y. Woman, N.Y. Woman
    N.Y. Woman Sunday afternoon
    N.Y. Woman Sunday afternoon
    N.Y. Woman Sunday afternoon
    Drive by looking to score some cooze
    Looking to use, looking to use, yeah
    Looking to use, use, use
    Looking to use, ohh, yeah

    I see their vaginas is burnin’
    They have STD’s filled with fire
    If they say I never payed them
    You know they are a liar
    Drivin’ down your highway
    Looking for a girl to lay
    Cops in cars, the topless bars
    Never saw a woman…
    So alone, so alone
    So alone, so alone

    Motel Money Murder Madness
    Let’s change the mood from glad to sadness

    Mr. Wade Redden’, Mr. Wade Redden’
    Mr. Wade Redden’, Mr. Wade Redden’
    Got to keep on bettin’
    Mr. Wade Redden’, Mr. Wade Redden’
    Wade Redden’, gotta Wade Redden’
    Mr. Wade Redden’, gotta keep on bettin”
    bettin’, bettin’
    Gone bettin’, bettin’
    I’m gone bettin’, bettin’
    I gotta bettin’, bettin’
    Well, bettin’, bettin’
    I gotta, wooo, yeah, bet
    Woah, ohh yeah

    Well, I just got into town about an hour ago
    Took a look around, see where i can by some blow
    And watch the little girls in their Manhattan bungalows

    Are you a lucky little lady in The City of Light
    Or just another lost angel…City of Night
    City of Night, City of Night, City of Night, woah, c’mon

    N.Y. Woman, N.Y. Woman
    N.Y. Woman, your my woman
    Little N.Y. Woman, Little N.Y. Woman
    N.Y, N.Y. N.Y. Woman c’mon

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