Tortorella free-agency eve (Part I):


John Tortorella:

(laughing) “Boy, I didn’t think I’d have to be doing this (carcillo) right now, over the summer. … questions?”

“I don’t think a whole bunch has changed, certainly, from my thinking. I think if you talk to me in a couple of days, with free agency and stuff like that, things might change then. But the philosophy stays the same here. We want to continue to try to infuse youth into our club, continue to develop the assets that we have right now, and when tomorrow, free agency starts, every team in this league is trying to get better. And we’ll go along the same lines.”

On Drury, and whether the decision had to do with the youth, or the knee …

“It’s a little bit of everything. And Chris and I have been very honest with one another right along the way here. Everybody knows what direction we’re trying to go in. We went with our kids. You know, Dru’s Dru and we love the guy. You still have to make decisions based on what you think is best for your hockey club. So, obviously, when you get into a situation where now there’s a buyout, we’re trying to keep ourselves flexible within our cap to look at other things along the way.

“And we wish … I’ll speak for myself, I wish nothing but the best for him. And I hope someday he, well, I’ll just leave it at that right now. That’s just the way this works here, as far as when you’re looking to go in a direction. We’re trying to stay with the plan here. And as Dru has gone along here we’ve felt this is a decision we needed to make for our club.”

On how much thought he’s given to what he’s going to do with the “C”:

“Not a whole bunch right now. I think those decisions will come about come camp. We’ll have our talks. We’ll see. Maybe our team changes even more this summer. You never know what’s going to happen. So I think, come camp, that’s when those type of decisions are going to be made.”

On whether he hopes some of Drury’s leadership has been sprinkled onto the Callahans, Dubinsky, etc.

“I’m not hopeful. It did. I know it did. That’s why this was a hard one. It’s not an easy thing for us, just as it isn’t easy for Dru. Dru gave everything he possibly could give to this organization. But, as an organization you’ve got to continue to evaluate on all things and make decisions based on what’s best for your team and the direction you’re going. And that’s where this goes to. It’s certainly not hope, because I know he’s had an influence on quite a few people in that lockerroom.”

On whether he has a preferred way of picking a captain:

“I have a particular way. I don’t want to discuss it, but I have a particular way.”

On the challenges of all the road games, starting with the trip to Europe:

“I think the last two teams have won the Stanley Cup after starting in Europe (he smiled), Then again …

“There are a number of things going on around our club as we start, with the renovations, Europe. And I know you guys are going to talk to me about that as the season gets going, and rightfully so, because they’re there. But I think the key thing … I think there’s a comfort, or at least a knowing, of I think they understand our routine and they’re routine, they understand our camp routine, our regular-season routine, game, schedule, pregame stuff. That’s not going to change. So we just need to stay within our routines through all of this. There may be some bumps in the road, you know, what’s going to happen with the building and you never know what’s going to happen in Europe. But you just got to roll with it and just stay within our selves and keep our focus. That’s a key thing because there are a number of things that are going to be around our team (Winter Classic, probably “24/7″) in one year. I think we’ll be OK.”

PART II to follow. I asked him about free agency and his expectations and he was also asked about his involvement.


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  1. Awesome Carp. I like what I’m hearing…

    repost: Someone just offered me a part-time gig at $500 a month. WTB? I made more than that when the ink was barely dry on my diploma. That won’t keep me in kitty litter! Sather, help me!

  2. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    ha, I was carped..


    wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) June 30th, 2011 at 2:57 pm
    You guys see this?

    BrandonPrust8 Brandon Prust
    It was an honor to skate n lace up beside chris drury. What a hell of a competitor n even better man! We will miss u buddy #warrior #beauty

    umm yes so tell me again why rust should not have an “A”? Leadership, class, grit, heart and soul, work ethic, teammate…etc.

  3. well, mama. I spoke with Mess and Graves today … so maybe I’m getting closer to being a big exec with the Rangers.

  4. Wow, I didn’t realize we had @SO@ much cap space. Of course, only 13 players are signed at this point. 8th most amount of space with $25.5 million according to Capgeek article on, and I trust their numbers. We have to spend to reach the cap floor! LOL

    I guess CapGeek is predicting the future because it shows on their website that Jussi Jokinen signed his contract at 3:25 p.m. ET today. Is that Newfoundland time?

  5. Zuccarello would be a great “A.” ^Long Live the Hobbit Wizard for he is Lord of the Rink^

  6. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    I was so intimidated typing prust’s name, I left off the “p”…LOL!!

  7. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    orr is 100% correct on the letters!

  8. And the last three Cup-winners played in a Winter Classic the season beforehand, so we’ll have to see the Capitals or Penguins win this season while we wait for 2013. :)

  9. Or maybe we should give Dublowsky an “A” if he only signs a one year deal. I wouldn’t want him to take it the wrong way, and use it as excuse to screw NYR over!

    MZA doesn’t need an “A”, he needs a “G”, for Gandalf! Or at least an “S” for Samwise Gamgee.

    And I hope he doesn’t forget his Mithril for the upcoming season. He’s going to need it.

  10. Gift of GAB-orik on

    Jagr lifts the cup one more time this year? i could absolutely live with that to have the Rangers win the cup next year!

  11. I’ll never be able to catch up with you, darn it. Haven’t read all the posts. Summary, anyone?

  12. Ans another thing: anyone off tomorrow? wicky? Linda? I won’t have time to be at the computer tomorrow, I’ll need someone to keep me updated by texting…Please?

  13. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    no one knows where jagr is, Orr and I are the only 2 that actually know who should have the letters on the rangers, tony is doing great smokeless (and pantless), someone offered mama $500 for something (none of us are sure what), carp is getting a job with the rangers, and your new tv commercial is great!

  14. I would ilb, but I got an interview in the morning and will be missing the fun myself…..sigh. but I have an interview! Unless Carp tells me I don’t need it…..:)

  15. Although Drury was grossly overpaid, it wasn’t his fault. It was dumb fugg sather’s fault for offering up such an asinine contract. To drury’s credit, he handled himself with nothing but class during his tenure with the Rangers. Hopefully he can find a team where he can contribute at a reasonable price. Let’s just hope it’s not a team like crapsburgh, philly or new jersey.

    and another thing i meant to mention…What team sends out an email blast to announce they’ve bought out their captain? That’s tantamount to saying, “we f’ed up by signing this guy to a massive contract, but look how great we are by being able to buy him out so we can free up cap space to go overpay someone else.” Good ol’ Slats has nine lives……got rid of all his bad signings….Gomez, Kotalik, Rozsival, Redden (by burying him in the minors) and now Drury. How does this guy seriously still have a job? If I made this many mistakes at my job, I would have been poop-canned ages ago.

  16. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    yes, i am off, and forgot that latona is missing a body part!

  17. Great summary, wick….Could be my English, but I didn’t understand carcillo…..I guess I’ll have to catch up later tonight.

  18. Especially if you have guys like Dubinsky making between 3-4 million a year to do play half a season like an allstar and half a season like a 3rd liner.”

    After a fracture in his f’ing leg.

    Mister D- how do you explain the 3 seasons prior to last year where he basically did the same thing?

  19. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    got you covered ILB

  20. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    I would sign richards, konopka, and o brien (and gagne if it was a low one or two year deal) and be done!

    sweet we can only hope no NBA!!

  21. Months of unemployment and I have to miss half of tomorrow for employment opportunity. Oh, the irony.

  22. I really don’t get the Drury = class talk. I’m not saying he’s classless but what did he do exactly to make him so classy? In of his post game interviews he stared into outer space, looking like a POW.

  23. Hartford, what we see and know and what the team does are probably very different.

  24. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    it was on twitter

  25. Carp, thanks for the write up of Torts quotes and “Torts-isms” !!!

    “But you just got to roll with it and just stay within our selves and keep our focus.”

    LOL! That is great advice for life in general!!

  26. look…everyone likes to bash Dru (i call him Dru lol), including myself… but at the end of the day, i think he handle himself in a classy way. Played any position, any minutes…anything coach asked of him, he did it. We can’t judge him based on post-game interviews, which i agree, were a snooze-fest, or based on how much he was overpaid by dinosaur Sather. There is a reason why everyone around the league speaks highly of him.

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