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Tortorella pre-game press conference

Posted By Carp On October 31, 2011 @ 5:13 pm In Hockey,New York Rangers,NHL | 82 Comments

Here are the highlights about why the Rangers decided to re-call Sean Avery (or at least, put him on re-entry waivers). Will have audio in a few minutes right below this:

John Tortorella:

Why Avery now?

“Rupper. Rupper has a lot to do with this. We’re concerned about this. So we have to be careful there. Not sure what’s going to happen. There’s a couple other things that come along with it. But this is the right decision. It’s a hockey decision. It’s the right hockey decision now. And it was the right hockey decision when we sent Sean down. So that’s where it’s at.

“As I said yesterday, we have concerns with Rupper. I’m not sure when he’s going to play.

“Sean’s biggest strength are his legs. He’s a terrific skater. Obviously a big part of his game is forechecking, his play underneath the hashmarks. So we want him to play to his strengths and also work on the other parts of the game away from the puck. So it’s just like any other player. When you call a guy up, we want him to help us win a hockey game. It’s not that convoluted in my thinking, whether it’s Sean or Zuc (Mats Zuccarello) or Newbs (Kris Newbury) or Devo (Andre Deveaux), we want them to do the best they can to help us win a hockey game.”

“With Sean, it’s Rupper. …”

“When a guy like Rupper goes out, to me, it’s the right call for Sean in this situation here because it fills that role that we bring Rupper in for during the offseason.”
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Here’s the audio, with stuff also about Artem Anisimov saying this morning that he lost consciousness Saturday, but team officials insisting he didn’t understand the question. Tortorella also discusses the sky-is-falling feeling after nine games.

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