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Tortorella pre-game in a minute

Posted By On December 16, 2010 @ 5:25 pm In Hockey,New York Rangers | 17 Comments

Hey, this is how my day is going. Caught an earlier train than usual, but it was slow and completely packed, including idiots on the phone. No prob. Still plenty of time for a brisk walk to the Garden. But I get there, still early, and the World’s Most Terrible Elevator is backed up, and when I finally have a chance to get on, two elderly women with walkers showed up, so I let them on and waited an additional 15 minutes for the next one. Still no problem, plenty of time. So I get to the press room, check my email, still have about seven minutes to make the two-minute walk to hear Torts pre-game. Only, as me and Jim Cerny make the climb through the stands, about 200 parents from an afternoon kids game get up at the same time and clog the only two entrances that lead to the lockerrooms, so the two-minute walk takes about six minutes. Then we get to the press conference room and the door’s locked, and as we knock nobody answers for another minute or so. Oh, and the press conference began about 5-10 minutes early.

Short story long, I missed the start of the presser.

But here’s the immediate news:

Callahan, they’re saying, is out 6-8 weeks. That could change upon further exams, etc. 

Martin Biron starts in goal; Tortorella called it a no-brainer, and expects Lundqvist will start the next two.

Nobody is being called up at the moment, mostly because they don’t believe anybody’s ready and because after Saturday the schedule gets pretty well spread out until after the holidays, but that could change after tonight’s game, and certainly once the January schedule begins.

Prospal is not expected back until mid-January. Again, that’s an estimate.

Boogaard is now day-to-day, but Tortorella is worried about his conditioning.

And, obviously, Drury will take Callahan’s spot on the Anisimov-Dubinsky line and on the PK.

Back with quotes in a bit.

Oh, and my day is a piece of cake compared to some of the writers coming back from Pittsburgh, one of whom had to fly to Philly, get stranded and threatened by the airline personnel, and rented a car, drove to LaGuardia to get his car, then drove into Manhattan. My day was a lot more relaxing than that.

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