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Tortorella pre-game

Posted By On February 27, 2011 @ 11:59 am In Hockey,New York Rangers,NHL | 32 Comments

John Tortorella:

On what he thinks of McCabe:

“Hasn’t played yet.”

On what he knows and expects:

“Well, we all … veteran guy. He’s got the big shot on the power play. And I think it helps us, at this time of year, with our pairs, especially with Marc being out.”

On Staal:

“He’s day to day. I don’t want to go beyond that (he doesn’t need any more tests, and it’s not structural, he said). He just doesn’t feel right. We’re hoping Tuesday. But we just don’t want to make it more of a problem.”

On the deal being the right fit without giving up key pieces:

“Yeah. I thought Kennedy had a good camp, and I’m not sure how all the (waiver) rules work, but he gets jammed up a little bit, the callups and stuff like that. But you look at our other prospects as we go along here, up the middle, on the wing, and we feel he’s a little bit behind those guys we’re talking about. Although I think he’s a pretty good player, to get a guy to help us right now, with the injury to Marc and just going down this stretch run, to bring in a veteran guy to help us a little bit, we think it’s a good deal.”

He’ll start with Eminger.

On whether he’ll talk to the team to calm nerves about the trade deadline:

“Nope. Haven’t mentioned one word about it, and won’t.”

On Del Zotto:

“We haven’t sent him down. That was to get a roster spot. That’s basically a paper transaction. He’s still with us. We put him on waivers (at which point John Rosasco, the club’s PR guy nearly fainted and said, “We definitely didn’t do that).

“Excuse me. He doesn’t require waivers. It’s just to clear a roster spot. So he’s with us. He’s here today. He’ll work out today and then we’ll make a determination today. He’s still with us.

“We can move him up and down, any which way, so he is with us right now. We need to clear a roster spot. … See what happens today. You never know what happens today. We may send him down today. But we’ll make that decision after today’s game. This just happened yesterday afternoon, and so he’s still with us.”

On the kind of “room” he likes:

“I like the room we have right now. I don’t know how to explain it to you. I like our room right now, have liked it all year long.”

“(McCabe) will be on the power play. We already have (filled him in on the system). Just like any other player, we give him the foundation and tell him to just go play. ¬†And as we go through, as we continue to play, he’ll pick up more of it.”

Lundqvist is in goal. Fedotenko is out.

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