John Tortorella’s press conference


Better late than never. This is yesterday’s presser. I won’t be around the team today as it skates in the morning and then flies — that’s right, flies — to Albany for the preseason opener. I’ll be back this evening for a Go Time thread.

Tortorella noted that there’s a rookie game at 1 p.m. at Newark Friday, before the evening showdown with the Devils. He added that he will make cuts “Friday night or Saturday. I have no idea what the number will be, but it will be a big one.”

John Tortorella:

On Chad Kolarik: “He’s getting checked by the doctor as we speak. He told me he went to check someone and his knee kind of buckled.”

Anisimov will finish his testing, and then all will be done. “We’ll get him.” he missed one when he went for an MRI.

On young players fighting to make the roster:

“There’s probably six or seven that are going to get a look at all posotions. This is where you really evaluate to get to the next step of the exhibition series that you play, the six or seven that we play, and we’re going to continue evaluating as far as who’s going to make the big club, or Hartford, too. … for me, there’s six or seven young guys that I’d like to see in some games.”

Staal and Sauer injuries emphasize the young defensemen?:

“Oh, sure. I think Michael’s pretty much straightened out. Staalsie’s a guy we keep on monitoring. Going into the camp, it’s a very young D, so we’re going to keep on looking at guys. That’s a position that, there’s spots wide open there.”

On Tim Erixon:

“He’s a heady player. You can see that he’s a very intelligent player. Moves the puck well and does a lot of good things. Having said that, I haven’t seen him in an exhibition game yet, and we will. We’re really excited about that part of it.

“Want to see him in the exhibition games and see exactly where he sits.”

On Sauer:

“Nothing holding him out. Not sure where he’s going to fit in playing (in the games against the Devils). But as far as resting him, I think he’s over the hump. I think he’s fine. So we’ll just play him when we need to give him a chance in an exhibition game.”

On competitive camp:

“Well, Gordie Clark and his crew are the people looking at kids, drafting the kids. I go back to even Kenny (Gernander) and (assistants J.J. Daigneault and Pat Boller in Connecticut). When we had all the injuries last year we were playing with a lot of the Hartford guys for a good part of the season last year. They came in and did a great job and really did give us an opportunity to get into the playoffs. So organizationally, I think we’ve added to our depth. I think we’ve done a great job down there and with our scouts and player development as far as adding to our depth with drafts and having to come along through out system.

“This is what we want to do. We have a captain that’s come through our system; he’s the captain of our team now. This is what you want to do. So I think you really need to look to give some credit to the people that are out there, watching these games, drafting and the minor-league team that have helped develop them.

Does that really matter?

“Absolutely. Absolutely. In a cap world, and where we’re at right now, I think it’s huge as far as how they feel about it, and the business end from us, how we’re going to go about our business, not just for one year, but as you go along. Again, that’s why I’m excited. I’m excited that Ryan Callahan is the captain of the team. He is one of us. He has gone through the system; been drafted on through and now he’s turned into this. It’s a great example and I think the players really come together with that when you get to your National Hockey League team, the top team in your organization.”

Does that change the dynamics for a Brad Richards coming aboard?:

“Yes. It depends on the person and I know Richie understands that. I know him very well and he understands his place with this team right now, why he’s here. I think he is really looking forward to the mentoring part of it, beause we’re a young club. Our leadership group is very young. Three guys have the letters but we still have a leadership group around them. Brad is going to be part of that, and I think he’s going to serve a very important role, and understand his role, not to come in gangbusters; he just wants to mentor, and I think that’s very important where our team is right now.”

On getting Lundqvist and Biron sharp during the preseason:

“They’ll get a chance. You still got to worry about your minor league team and what’s going to happen down there, where the goalies sit. But our main priority is to get our two goalies (ready) and there’s no question who the two goalies are going to be with this club. So they’re going to get the bulk of the work, but we also want to try to give some guys that we feel are next in the heirarchy there some work along the way here. I don’t want to play Marty and Hank in all these exhibition games. They’re going to play enough in the regular season. So we leave it to Ben (Allaire).”

On Carl Hagelin:

“Well, he can skate. That’s a big plus. We’re trying to be a team that’s attacking and trying to chase down pucks, and he can skate. So he’s one of those kids that’s going to get a look. He’s going to get some games and see if he can sink or swim. It’s going to be up to him, but he’s going to get an opportunity.”

On how a coach deals with the uncertainty of the type of injury that is affecting Marc Staal:

“Yeah, it’s a hard one because you want to be careful. I’m a coach that, I like to,  you need to keep pushing athletes. Sometimes an athlete is sore but really isn’t hurt. That’s dealing with groins or a shoulder or maybe your back, or whatever it may be. We try to push them through it and make then understand that not everybody feels perfect. They still need to get out there and play.

“But this one here, you’ve got to be cautious because it’s not tangible. It’s a very difficult injury and it’s so talked about that you leave it up to the player. You have to trust the player and he needs to communicate with you how he’s doing. That’s what we’re trying to do with Marc. We communicate with him every day and see how he’s going about his business, how he feels after, and we’re going to continue to try to do that.

“I think each player’s different when it comes to injuries, even when it comes to the head injury. But league-wide it’s been really pushed on us that you need to be careful. And I don’t disagree with that. It’s different for each player. I give Marc Staal a tremendous amount of credit. He played last year. He wasn’t dead-on, but he certainly felt he could help the team and he did; you watched how he played. I trust him. That’s the key, is trusting the player. You take away head injuries and talk about injuries period, and sometimes I simply don’t trust a player — that he simply won’t work through it. That’s when I need to step in. But there’s no question I trust this guy here.”

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  1. God morning all! I have work to do tonight and will likely miss the first half of the first pre-season game. After all the time off I’ve had, how hartnelled is that!!!! Byfuglien!

    On a positive note…LGR!!!! It’s Go Time!

  2. Don’t you just love coaches interviews. They talk a lot, but say nothing. Except for the part about Staal’s injury he doesn’t really reveal anything. Do all coaches in all sports go through classes on how to interview because they all sound the same.

    BTW, I wish NHL Network had a least one Ranger preseason game on.

  3. Cross Check,
    the pre season games tend to be boring, you won’t miss anything. I excited that there on, then once the game starts they are usually slow and boring.

  4. Honestly, with all that has been said about Erixon and his PP abilities, I don’t see how this guy doesn’t make the team with Sthaulm (m is silent) injured. Maybe Erixon and Del Zotto are similar so it’s and either/or type situation but I am REALLY excited to see Erixon give it a go.

  5. Have I mentioned how excited I am to be going to the game tonight?

    Living in Albany means the closest I usually get to a rangers game is when Hartford plays once or twice a season here. Tonight I get to see real rangers in my home rink. I get to chant “Avery!! Avery!!!” and “Henrik!! Henrik!!”

    I just wish we weren’t home of the devils as it means no chance of the arena playing the rangers goal song. Maybe I can get my section to do it ocapella or however that word is spelled.

    So pumped!!! LGR!!!!!!!

  6. Thnx 4ever!! Hopefully the goal song will be song chapel style at least three times for avery’s hat trick.

    Speaking of Avery….who wears the “C” tonight??

    Do not ignore this question!!!

  7. Wow….really interesting that Torts says he doesn’t always trust a player when they complain about injuries. Brings up that whole thing with the Giants head coach Coughlin saying it’s a cancer, and now that the Giants do have injuries they say he should apologize to the Giants previous coach Jim Fassel. The link for that story is below, but it’s a very interesting concept. Coach Coughlin thinks that injuries cause a bad attitude amongst players and lead to more players complaining about injuries. Coach Torterella apparently thinks something similiar. Next time you talk to him Carp you should bring up the Coughlin thing and see what he says. Although I’m sure that question would ruffle a lot of feathers, so maybe don’t ask LOL.

    Here is the link:

  8. Great presser. Sounds like Hagelin is going to get a long look!!

    Can’t wait for ‘Go Time’!!!!

    Let’s Go Rangers!!

  9. czechthemout!!!! on

    Carl Hagelin and Tim Erixon will make the team this year. That’s it.

    But unlike most other seasons over the last decade, I look at that as a positive!

  10. Just read interesting piece from local paper saying this will be treated as a rangers home game. Maybe the arena will play the goal song?? I guess due to renovation at MSG, rangers asked around for places to play “home” games and the times union center stepped up. Kind of slap in the face for devils whose ahl team plays there regular season games here.

    About 7 hours until GO TIME!!!

  11. LOL @ Vick playing next week. But of course! Sidney Crosby misses over half a season, Justin Morneau misses most of 2 years because of a concussion. Michael Vick suffered a concussion last year. He suffers one last week, and is just going to play next week against the Giants. I hope to God that after the Eagles have blown us out 50-0 in the 4th quarter, we deliver a shot right to his head and end his career.

  12. Wicky©Give Prust an "A" on

    morning ILB an all!!

    I have to work tonight, any idea where I can catch a replay of the game online??

    The mrs and I are still in that one right?

  13. I know Wicky! I didn’t want to give your secret league away! I just updated my whole thing…I can’t wait!

    First year in Fantasy sports for me!

    But as a newcomer – tell me some of your impressions of this place…

  14. In Both leagues I named my team “Mannytoba” so no one gets confused as to who I am. I made this ESPN thing under the name Dwight K. Schrute so I could post anonymously and be mean to people.

  15. I am going to destroy you in that other league we’re both in CCCP. You gotta admit the new name I picked for CTB is better than what it stands for here.

  16. Wicky©Give Prust an "A" on

    it seems very open and warming. I do get the sense that some fraternal hi-jinx could happen though. (I hope some day to be the hazing coordinator). It seems to me that the guy running this blog is a real gem! I think he could be a hard assen though. I also saw a bag lady here pushing a shopping cart, whatever the hell that was about. A lot of euro pansies it seems.

    In the end, like I said very warming in my belly, an over all good feeling…wait I spilled my coffee on my shirt, never mind!!!

  17. for someone without access to msg network
    any suggestions
    on how i can watch tonight’s game
    or any other Ranger pre-season game


  18. Wow wicky. Nice job. I would like to go ahead and nominate you for Hazing Coordinator. Get right on top of that.

    Spot, Spot on.

  19. Wicky©hands to the chest of opposing players crossing the blueline GM! on

    thanks! I’ll see you and cccp in the hall in 20 minutes and bring lots of duct tape!

  20. I actually have a roll of black duct tape sitting on my desk. black as night…no one will find whoever we tape up….ever.

  21. how’s this for a F YOU to die-hard Rangers fans! A guy a share my Rangers plan with just called me…because of the stupid renovations, they moved our seats to 200 level! Now they want $125 per seat for what i used to pay $64!!!!!!!! There are some cheaper plans (does $105 sounds cheaper than $64???) but they want you to buy a THIRD seat!! why in the puck i need a third seat?? Thanks NYR!

  22. i know!!! who goes to games like that?! not me! its just me and my good buddy Matt! Freaking eh!!! Oh and they cut the plan to 10 games from 15! bastages! I love the Rangers but i am NOT paying $125 per seat!

  23. Wicky©hands to the chest of opposing players crossing the blueline GM! on

    three blind mice (not that they could see the game)

  24. *Wicky©hands to the chest of opposing players crossing the blueline GM!* September 21st, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    eddie x 3?


  25. Wicky©hands to the chest of opposing players crossing the blueline GM! on

    the south park boys after someone kills kenny (the bastage)?

  26. Wicky©hands to the chest of opposing players crossing the blueline GM! on

    local fan, vinceA, and defending the core??

  27. I am in there wicky. People love it when I join you in completely losing it. It makes Carp a ton of money!

  28. Wicky©hands to the chest of opposing players crossing the blueline GM! on

    LMFAO @ big buff

    thanks, but do they have a replay? will not be able to watch it live

  29. Modano retiring. I’ll always remember him for two things, being one of the greatest American born players, and having his stretcher dropped by paramedics! Hahaha!

    Richards with groin issues. Ahh, every single day, it’s something new.

  30. billybleedsblue on

    holy cow how psyched are we? I got 2 shouts from random strangers today because I’m wearin’ my sweet aasen NYR cap. I like these split squad pre season games a lot. They get me fired-up!

  31. Wow, looks like Debbies will have their all stars offence tonight: Parise, Elias, Sykora, Kovalchuk. Good test for our young defense.
    Interesting, what kind of proportion of Rangers/Devils fans will be in Albany out of already 8000 sold seats?

  32. These guys are going to play through way worse injuries than a sore groin. Don’t worry! It’s early. Gotta work out the kinks.

  33. Wackos is right, Beth!

    Afternoon ( for you), heads!

    Almost go time! Except it’ll be 02:00 here. I know, I’ll have to man up.

  34. I will. Leaving for Jerusalem midnight biking tour in half hour. By the time we are back, it’ll be 01:00, 01:30 ( wicky time :-). So I should be good to go. Let’s hope my slingbox works. Can’t wait!

  35. Good, tiki, thanks. Enjoying the trip. I’m ready to go back. Miss everything at home. Including going to work.

  36. Good for you, ilb. Cant wait til you get back either. You must be going crazy without Casey and Leo. We need our blog captain! I have the US Open Men’s Semifinal matches and Final being sent to you upon your return. Enjoy the rest of the trip!

  37. ilb., Come Back!
    it’s about a time. West bank burning American flags today, my beloved cat died, Rangers showing Debbies “thumb down” in a pocket tonight. We miss you. Country and community need you!

  38. When is the West Bank _not_ burning American flags? The West Bank rules in looks and insanely historic places.

  39. Joke, Where are you sitting? We can DEF get the Avery and Hank chants going!!! Can’t wait! 4 hours til we can get in!!!!

  40. Tiki

    nope… no luck. he’s been gone for more than a week. he never leaves. i am very concerned… as far as i know, as my grandma would always say…when cat leaves home…it is usually to die. :(((

  41. @CCCP@ – my friends cat used to escape pretty frequently and disappear for about 2 weeks at a time and then he would just show up like nothing ever happened. My friend wrote journals when his cat was gone from the perspective of his cat cataloguing the adventures he believed his cat to be having. I think it helped him get through it.

  42. @CCCP@ that only tells me that you have never let him leave. Cats are trying to escape literally all the time. They are always plotting. Like Pinky and the Brain. So your cat saw an opportunity to see the world and he took off. He did it for you. He wants to experience the world so he can be a better cat for you. It’s all for you. It’s love!

  43. This is why you should never watch Disney movies around a pet. They see what life could be like on the outside, and they want to explore.

    He probably joined some Cat gang by now. Those bastards take part in kitty kitty gang bangs all over NY. They used to come in my backyard to take care of business. I’ve explained the horrific sounds in the past. Luckily they haven’t been back in months. Savages!

  44. Msmuds,

    not exactly sure but it’s 2nd level center ice area. I think it’s something like section 203 or 206? My tix are out in the car so I can’t say for sure. I am hoping to be down by the glass for warm ups if we get there in time.

    How about you? Do you know where you are sitting?

  45. Re: cats

    I have two house cats. One tries her best to get out the front door. The other one runs deeper into the house as soon as front doors starts to open, she wants no part of being outside.

  46. LOL! I can totally see Shibby in prison! He’s a big time trouble maker!


    my cat is all black with small white spot on his chest :)

  47. I almost forgot about Gaborik deciding to randomly hustle back on defense for once, then getting confused and scoring on the wrong net (technically it would have been an assist I guess).

  48. Wicky©hands to the chest of opposing players crossing the blueline GM! on

    just get an xbox connect and join the dark side

  49. I got an awesome day planned for the season opener. A couple friends and I are going to play in an open ice session in the morning at the Aviator rink in Brooklyn. Afterwards we’ll watch the game at one their houses and then that night we’re going to Peter Luger’s.

  50. CCCP, we never told you that Wicky is your father..

    *- Sorry, your never join the dark side cry was too reminiscent of Empire Strikes Back.

  51. just picked up NHL 2012 for x360. rosters are still outdated (prospal is still on the team) but they will be updated as soon as camp breaks.

    If anyone wants to game, get at me.


  52. CCCP,

    Sorry about your cat! My cat was gone for ten days one time. We put flyers up, went door to door, it was endless. I didn’t sleep for over a week! And then one morning on my way out the door, she’s just sitting there meowing at me like I did something wrong!

    Best of luck. You’re a pretty cool cat yourself, so I’m sure he/she will return.

  53. How many people on here have ever had a dog run away? Seems WAY less common. This supports my contention that cats do nothing but plot evil!

  54. OK for the guys down here in Florida who are chomping at the bit please answer this question”

    Is Rangers gonna be TV by any of the local NY stations? and If not, where do we go to tune in to the game du jour. I’ve got Direct TV NHL program( don’t ask me to ask them…they are a bunch of clueless don’t knows
    Where do I tune in…what station locally ?????

  55. Thank you, Latona. I hope he will come back soon. He lives with my sister in Nanuet, NY. I haven’t seen my cat in a while and was planing to go up there next week for my bro-in-law bday. And now the cat is missing!

    P.S. Cats are the coolest!

  56. quick question: is Puerto Rico a USA? I need to ship an order to PR and i have to indicate a country… should i put USA? Thanks!

  57. Yes. Puerto Rico is a US Territory meaning they pay taxes but get no representation. Just like the British did to the White people that were here a long time ago.

  58. I will just assume that we are all white but none of us are the type of white that was in America in the 1700’s and before. Unless anyone is a Viking. They were here. I guess LW counts. He’s british and stuff.

  59. Fran

    I am in Florida as well. I will be watching them on MSG Network on Directv, the only place on television it will be available in Florida.

    Online, this link will have all the links to all the online streams of tonight’s hockey games, including the Rangers.

  60. It’s Bill Murray’s birthday. We could have spent the whole day quoting Groundhog Day, What about Bob and Ghostbusters!

  61. In Japan, you have no idea what they are saying, and they can’t help you either. Nothing makes any sense. They’re very polite, but you feel like a joke is being played on you the entire time you’re there.
    Bill Murray

  62. Peter: Let me tell you something about myself. I come home from work to my place and all I have is my work. There’s nothing else in my life!
    Dana: Dr. Venkman…
    Peter: I meet you, and I say, my God, there’s someone with the same problem I have!
    Dana: Yes. We both have the same problem. You!
    Peter: I’m gonna go for broke. I am madly in love with you.
    Dana: I don’t believe this. Will you please leave?
    Peter: (to an invisible audience) And then she threw me out of her life. She thought I was a creep, she thought I was a geek and she probably wasn’t the first…
    Dana: You are so odd… (Peter goes to leave but then quickly turns back around) No.
    Peter: I’ve got it!
    Dana: No, no, no, no, no.
    Peter: I’ll prove myself to you!
    Dana: (guiding him back to the door) That’s not necessary.
    Peter: Yeah. I’ll solve your little problem.
    Dana: Okay…
    Peter: And then you’ll say, “Pete Venkman ‘s a guy who can get things done!”
    Dana: Right.
    Peter: “I wonder what makes him tick!”
    Dana: I wonder!
    Peter: “I wonder if he’d be interested in knowing what makes me tick?”
    Dana: Right!
    Peter: I bet you’re going to be thinking about me after I’m gone.
    Dana: I bet I am!
    (She pushes him out the door. He sticks his head back in.)
    Peter: No kiss?
    (Dana shoves his face out the door and slams it shut.)

  63. Hixon gone now!? After that awesome catch!? COME ON! Now we have to watch Manningham return punts. Great.

  64. This is a hybrid. This is a cross, ah, of Bluegrass, Kentucky Bluegrass, Featherbed Bent, and Northern California Sensemilia. The amazing stuff about this is, that you can play 36 holes on it in the afternoon, take it home and just get stoned to the bejeezus-belt that night on this stuff.

  65. A looper, you know, a caddy, a looper, a jock. So, I tell them I’m a pro jock, and who do you think they give me? The Dalai Lama, himself. Twelfth son of the Lama. The flowing robes, the grace, bald… striking. So, I’m on the first tee with him. I give him the driver. He hauls off and whacks one – big hitter, the Lama – long, into a ten-thousand foot crevasse, right at the base of this glacier. Do you know what the Lama says? Gunga galunga… gunga, gunga-lagunga. So we finish the eighteenth and he’s gonna stiff me. And I say, “Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know.” And he says, “Oh, uh, there won’t be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness.” So I got that goin’ for me, which is nice.

  66. Msmuds,

    ah, nice seats. I’d be sitting there myself if it was just me and a friend. But my wife and kids will be with me as well as a good sized group of friends and not everyone wanted to spring for the pricier seats. For me, it didn’t make sense to pay $50 a piece for my two little ones to go.

    If I make it for warm ups, I will see if I can hang out around 107. I will be the incredibly handsome guy in the NYR liberty hoodie and 2 kids ;)

  67. Bulldog – “the pre season games tend to be boring, you won’t miss anything”

    Have you seen the carcillo that’s on TV these days? I’d rather watch the Rangers preseason game even though very few of the regular players will be in uniform. I want to see some of the kids like Hagelin and Borque go against NHL competition.

  68. It reminds me of my favorite poem, which is, “Roses are red, violets are blue, I’m a schizophrenic… and so am I!”

  69. Cinderella story. Outta nowhere. A former greenskeeper, now, about to become the Masters champion. It looks like a mirac… It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole!

  70. License to kill gophers by the government of the United Nations. Man, free to kill gophers at will. To kill, you must know your enemy, and in this case my enemy is a varmint. And a varmint will never quit – ever. They’re like the Viet Cong – Varmint Cong. So you have to fall back on superior intelligence and superior firepower. And that’s all she wrote.

  71. It all comes down to this roll. Roy Munson, a man-child, with a dream to topple bowling giant Ernie McCracken. If he strikes, he’s the 1979 Odor-Eaters Champion. He’s got one foot in the frying pan and one in the pressure cooker. Believe me, as a bowler, I know that right about now, your bladder feels like an overstuffed vacuum cleaner bag and your butt is kinda like an about-to-explode bratwurst.

  72. Joke, Off to the game! If you are down near us, yell, Monica, of us will answer :) Had to splurge, would NEVER be able to do this in MSG! Enjoy!!!
    IT’S GOOOO TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    LET’S GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  73. sorry if I’m a little late with this three-seat thing (was at a meeting at Mr. Green’s) …

    but …

    Bell Biv and Deveaux (two of them are playing tonight). …

    and I can’t believe nobody said Brodeur.

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