More on Prospal, Drury, etc.


More pregame stuff from the head coach.

John Tortorella:

On Rozsival:

“I’d like to see him play, but I’m still not sure. … I just don’t know (about the opener). If there’s any question about it lingering, he won’t play (tomorrow). He probably won’t play. I mean, why? Why put us into that type of spot?”

On Prospal’s right knee, which had surgery last season:

“It’s still aggravating him. Christensen will be in that spot with Frolov and Gaborik and you may even see — God I give you guys so much information (smiles) — you may even see Stepan in there as well. 

“It is a concern. I’m not going to lie. It’s a concern because it’s been lingering and we all know Vinny; he’s dying to get in there. But yesterday he skates and it’s just aggravating to him right now. So we’ll see where it goes. Not during the skates, but after, it tends to flare up a little bit. 

“Vinny won’t play tomorrow … In a perfect world you want guys getting some time, but those are things we can’t control. I’m not worried about his conditioning, I’m not worried about anything about him, where he is attitude-wise. You like to get some game action; that’s important during the preseason. But it’s out of our control.”

He went for tests today, expect the results tonight.

“I worry about (having Prospal on opening night). Yeah. You don’t play any exhibition games and it keeps on coming back, so sure it’s a concern.”

On Drury:

“I have no idea when Dru will be back. I believe he’ll probably end up on the IR to start, but you never know about that. We want it to heal. We want to get it straightened out so it’s not a situation where we hurt him more and it’s more of a problem during the year. So me, not a doctor and not conferring with the doctors the past few days, I would think he’s going to start the seaosn on IR. But we’ll see where it goes.”

“(Having both centers out), with your lineup, it’s an ongoing thing. It will be ongoing for the whole year.”

On Todd White:

“He’s been OK. He’s been OK. Todd’s going to play (tomorrow). He’s one of those guys that’s on the bubble as far as where he fits with the team. … I want to give him a chance with some offensive people tomorrow. By no means am I saying he’s out of here. But he’s been OK. He hasn’t been great, but we still have to give him an opportunity. He’ll play tomorrow.”

 On whether there are still decisions to be made, or if he kind of knows what his roster will look like after final cuts:

“There’s still some decisions; not only decisions as far as whatever the number we’re going to keep, but also where they sit within the team if they are going to be here. So these are still important games for some people as we try to give them more looks. I think we have a good idea, but in a couple of positions, staying and also where they fit with the team, we still need to look.”

On the unusually long break between tomorrow’s preseason finale and Opening Night a full week later:

“Yeah, I do (like that). What you have to do in the NHL is, you set up your preseason a year before. So (we) did it this way. I like the conditioning, and keeping the team without games and traveling, putting the games in the middle … it’s a lot of days. I thought maybe three or four. This is a lot of days, but it also gives me a chance to maybe give them a day off, too. So I like doing it this way, the exhibition games in the middle and both ends wide open.”

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  2. Carped! I don’t post too often but read every single day…


    I swear I’m gonna byfuglien scream. I can’t believe MSG has been pulled off Dish and I can’t see the games tonight and tomorrow. Time to call Dish and complain and threaten cancellation. The only reason I don’t want to cancel is because they’ll probably come to an agreement quickly and I’ve never had a game blacked out on Dish even though I live in northeastern PA.


  3. This guy Dolan really is an idiot. He really knows how to run businesses into the ground, and alienate fans as well. He cost me all last season of the Rangers in HD. I was stuck watching in SD. He had that dispute that cost millions the opportunity to watch the Oscars. And now this. He’s like the character Billy Madison, or the main character from the new TV Show Running Wilde. Except, he actually has the responsibility of running the Knicks and Rangers, two of the best franchises in the history of sports.

    It’s a crying shame. He should be like those 2 fictional characters, rich kids that have no responsibility.

  4. The best part is the message from MSG about just switching providers. Like it’s that easy to just switch. I doubt Dolan is going to send me a check to cover the early cancellation fee to switch providers since I’m in a contract with Dish. Idiots. Why couldn’t this happened during the middle of summer when nothing was on there?

  5. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Let's GO Rangers!!!" ...says Greg L. on

    ” But, we’re not winning the Cup this year, so what’s the point?” – ORR

    HUH!!!??? WHAAA!!??? Dude ,we are winning the cup . Wanna bet!!?? Just kidding!!

  6. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Let's GO Rangers!!!" ...says Greg L. on


    WHohhhhh ohhhhhh Let’s GO Rangers!!!!!

  7. You know what.? I think we can play without Drury and Prospal, particularly Drury. The fact is it gives more ice time to Anisimov, Stepan and Fedotenko all of whom have been impressive. It’s possible that we may develop (3) effective lines this year. Hat’s off to Avery, he’s really busting his butt and he’s always been “between a rock and a hard place” in terms of what he can do and not do. Have a better feeling about this team now than I did last year at this time. Although, I’m not a fan of of angry John who apparently has taken some anger management sessions over the off season, he even seems more acceptable.

  8. Thanks Joel, I just found it on too so I’ll try to watch online tonight.

  9. LW3H- I think Torts mean to say that White has been OK…
    To me it sounds like he is so gone….

    Isn’t it funny that we have two centers out and no one is worried, eh? That what some depth can give you.

  10. Good evening all! See, lucky me, my cash goes right in Dolan’s pocket to Cabelschmision, so even if I lose everything I still get Raangers! I’m blessed I tell you!

    this is my favorite kind of night….game and fri.

  11. lone, I think it’s cause he went tie shopping. they’ve been noticeably less aggressive so far this year :) I tell you, it’s all linked!

  12. Doodie Machetto on

    I know we were provided with the official pronunciation, but is it Step-on or Step-pen?

  13. Prospal retiring won’t eliminate his cap hit. That was the fear with taking a 35+ player. He should have stayed 26 forever like all of us.

  14. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Let's GO Rangers!!!" ...says Greg L. on

    We won last game , not that it means alot with Detroits regulars out of the line up. We won the game at home. That is a big deal. We have to make MSG a blasting site for other NHL teams. I like the way our players play with more passion in MSG. Tonight’s game is gonna be a ring-a-ding-dong-dandy!!!

  15. is a good site.

    the worst sites are those who pretend that they have a movie or game for free, but when you click it on, you have to fill out a survey or offer of some kind to open it. and these sites go to the good sites and in the running chat comment section they constantly push their survey sites with deceptive ads.

  16. It’s STEP-on, but the “on” is more like a soft ahn…

    unless I’m wrong, but I think I’m right….

  17. Aggrressive.? Is that what you called his ties from last year, mama? Well, if you consider funeral home draperies aggressive, then yeah…

  18. gee whizzle sticks Greg!! right on!

    btw, belated congrats to Tiki. CR and Staal, my dad’s wife swears by this green bean diet she put a sickly dog on and worked wonders. I can get you info if you like…

  19. I was right!

    ilb, are you for forgetting some of the acid-taking induced patterns he wore last year? I’ll taking boring black anyday. besides, black is slimming :)

  20. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Let's GO Rangers!!!" ...says Greg L. on

    Ted , after I get to ATDHE.NET , where do I go from there? Like what channel is it on?

  21. Not 100% sure for the 35+ players, LTIR allows you to replace that player with a cap hit of equal or lesser value.

  22. actually, Derek told me it’s Step-ON, with the accent on the second syllable.

    Mama, did you see the story this week that Cablevision, bless their hearts, is going to start charging an additionl rental fee of approx. $7 per cable box!?! Byfuglien. If you have three TVs in the house, that’s $21 a month extra. No wonder they can pay Redden $6.5M to not play, and Isiah whatever millions to not be GM, not to mention Larry Brown and Allan Houston, and probably Bobby Holik and Kasparaitis.

  23. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Let's GO Rangers!!!" ...says Greg L. on

    Hey , have we even seen Boogaard fight as a Ranger? What if he “turles” up like a Brashear and gets beat!!?? This is some serrious stuff here. I know Boogaard is a great weapon of despair but when he actually dropps his big mitts and throws down with some guy…thats the “big ticket” ..we need to see Boogaard fight!!!! FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT!!!

    GO RANGERS!!!!!

  24. Greg L, you click on sports at the top of the page, and it takes you to a clean list of all the games. you just scroll down to see them.

  25. I’m going with Steppy for the rest of the year. fug it.

    bastages carp! Good thing I only have 1! bloodsuckers!

  26. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Let's GO Rangers!!!" ...says Greg L. on

    …and scoreeeee!!!! When we are “spanking” a team late in the 3rd , its BOOGAARD goal time!!!!


    BTW ;

    Don’t step-on the firetrucking LOGO!!!!

  27. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Let's GO Rangers!!!" ...says Greg L. on

    If I saw some clown walking across our logo…I’d throw my shoe at his head. HAHAA!!

    RANGERSSSSSS , we want “GO TIME”!!!

  28. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Let's GO Rangers!!!" ...says Greg L. on

    TY Ted , its either watch on the internet or wait untill 1:00am to see it on NHL network. If I can’t see it online , I’ll leave here so I don’t get any updates cuz I don’t wanna spoil it.

  29. Linda,

    I won’t believe until I see it. Well, Manuel is almost a certainty because his contract is up anyway. I would love for the fans to pack the house on Sunday and let the team know that this will be the last full house for a while until the organ-eye-zation gets their clears the Carcillo from their eyes and gets their head out of their Crosby.

  30. “HUH!!!??? WHAAA!!??? Dude ,we are winning the cup . Wanna bet!!?? Just kidding!!”

    Exactly! Greg, You are not willing to bet on it because you know deep down that we just can’t win the Cup!

    It’s the sad truth,! That’s just the way it has to be for now.

  31. as to boogaard and how he’ll do if he ever gets to fight…rangers play toronto 3 times in the first 10 games. i imagine him and colton will know each other real well by then. should be fun.

  32. Boogey and Orr have never fought.there is a good chance they will be each others first fight of the year when the Rangers open up at home.
    If Orr fights as wide open as he is known for, I think hes gonna get dropped.

  33. Good to know it’s on NHL Network later on in case this streaming thing doesn’t work out too well. I’m worried it’s going to be choppy streaming for me.

  34. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Let's GO Rangers!!!" ...says Greg L. on

    ORR , your in for a treat!!! Rangers will go on heart and soul with a dash of Gaborik here and a spash of Hank there…

  35. Tell drury and rosival to make sure they are 100% first. They should come back in December.

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