Tortorella pre-game


Same lineup tonight vs. Chicago. Martin Biron in goal.

Here’s the pre-game press conference, in which the coach even talked about Linsanity.

John Tortorella:


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  1. As many teams as always send scouts to games at this stage of the season. Many. Most. Scouts from virtually every team are at virtually every game.

    But there is a noteworthy contingent from CBJ and ANA here tonight.

  2. Joke

    agree 100%. Prospects usually fail and as long as you still have quality prospects, you’ll be perfectly fine. Its not like we’ll have that many openings for these all kids anyway.

    As long as we keep one good center, one good winger and one good d-man we’ll be alright and with the job Gordie Clark has done he’ll replenish what we lost quickly…

  3. Ria( the silent bonehead) on

    One of the best catchers the Mets ever had thats not to slight Piazza cause I love the “pizza man”

  4. R.I.P., Kid.

    I had a chance to have lunch with him one day a few years ago. Yea, he had a big ego, but he couldn’t have been kinder or more pleasant. And the guy played baseball the right way, the way all athletes should play their sports — 100 percent, and with joy.

  5. Press conference doesn’t work Carp. Or maybe that’s just me. I keep getting “File not Found”.

  6. Doodie Machetto on


    If I could guarantee you one Cup now, but 0 for the next five years, would you take that or a 25% chance at a Cup for 3 years in a row followed by a 10% chance for the next 2?

  7. Thanks Carp!

    RIP Gary Carter. Somewhat before my time, but based on what I saw of him, great player.

  8. Doodie

    ill take the latter, unless of course the 5 years after we are close but just never win in all.

  9. The weather has been beautiful here lately, and tbw insisted that I go out back and pull up 100 or so weeds, and then yank the tops off of some offending shrubs.

    Well…you know is is when you have a tbw of long standing…anything ( almost) to placate the keeper of the premises who insists that one must keep up the appearance of the homestead,

    But the WORK involved…….why it was ..yeah Bush League.

    I don’t know if I can stay awake for this game…(red alert, red alert, red alert! Set the
    taping controls…..just in case.)

    That’s amore……I guess.

  10. Ria( the silent bonehead) on

    I really hope the “clueless” Mets honor him & his contribution to the team that won their last world series .

  11. Doodie Machetto on

    After the guaranteed Cup: playoffs in 3 of the 5, one Conference Final, 2 second round exits.

  12. The one time in my life I rooted for the Mets was when they played the Red Sox in ’86.

    RIP, Gary Carter.

  13. Doodie Machetto on

    Lev, It’s most likely that they are scouting the Hawks for their game on the 26th. It’s a big game for them since the Hawks are a team they will be battling for one of the last playoff spots in the West. The reason for all of the scouts to watch them in NY is because the Ducks are actually in town tomorrow to play the Devils. The scouts probably got a head start to see the Hawks, then they can meet with management tomorrow.

    I really doubt that the Ducks are looking to sell when they are the one of the hottest teams in the NHL during the 2012 calendar year.

  14. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    Agreed re the Ducks, Doodie. They, along with Detroit, New Jersey, Ottawa, and San Jose are playing the best, or at least “hottest” hockey since the All-Star break. The Rangers are not far off the pace, winning as they are, but not quite as impressively.

    I have Chicago, Columbus, LA, Tampa Bay, and Winnipeg down as the most struggling clubs, in recent weeks. Isles are playing a bit better, now. They can be bought at a really nice price, vs. St. Louis, tonight. Doesn’t mean they will win, by any means, but they are becoming noticeably under-rated and a threat to give a good account of themselves, any time they take the ice.

  15. I heard Keith was in the clubhouse drinking beer and didn’t want to get out of the chair because he believed it had hits in it. (Not those kind of hits). Kevin Mitchell was undressed and had to rush back to pinch hit. Without his cup.

  16. Doodie Machetto on

    Boom Boom, Tampa signaled their intentions to pack it in this morning when they pulled Kubina from practice.

    Dallas’ trade of Grossman says they are packing it in as well.

  17. Why does trading for Nash only help us with the cup this year? Am I missing something that says we would then suck for the next 4 years? I am so lost with the logic of 90% of the commentors here.

    with the rumored trade including only Dubinsky from the roster…how does the team not improve for the upcoming seasons? We would be swapping Nash for Dubinsky this year and then adding Kreider etc in the following years…SOMEBODY PLEASE HELP ME UNDERSTAND THIS?!?!?!?!?!!?

    And what insures us getting Parise in the summer…everyone who wants nothing to do with Nash because we can have parise for just $$$$…what happens when we dont trade for Nash and then Parise resigns with Jersey or goes elsewhere??? Am I being to logical here or what??

  18. So the Flyers add another gross man.

    The Ducks are playing the Devils tomorrow, hence the traveling party is at MSG tonight.

    don’t read too much into this stuff, kids.

  19. Doodie Machetto on

    “We would be swapping Nash for Dubinsky this year and then adding Kreider etc in the following years…SOMEBODY PLEASE HELP ME UNDERSTAND THIS?!?!?!?!?!!?”

    Kreider is believed to be part of the asking price. Certainly, if I’m Columbus, I don’t make the deal unless he is included.

    “And what insures us getting Parise in the summer…everyone who wants nothing to do with Nash because we can have parise for just $$$$…what happens when we dont trade for Nash and then Parise resigns with Jersey or goes elsewhere??? Am I being to logical here or what?”

    this I agree with 100%. In fact, I would say the smart money is on him NOT signing with the Rangers.

  20. Doodie Machetto on

    Hey Nieuwendyk, good job getting a 2nd and 3rd for Grossman. Now imagine what you could’ve gotten for Richards if you didn’t blow it last year!

  21. Joke, you make a lot of sense. No joke.

    I’d rather have Parise, but Parise doesn’t help this year, and a contract like Dubinsky’s will probably have to go in order to sign Parise anyway.

    Did the Flyers get a goalie yet?

  22. Doodie…ok, its just I saw a similar line of thinking in the earlier thread that basically kept stating that Sather would be selling our future for one shot at the cup. We have a system stocked with prospects and a solid roster. I think getting Nash at a reasonable cost to our system is a no brainer that helps now and for future seasons.

  23. Very fair point Joke, as long Kreider isn’t part of the Nash deal. I have been trying to get the same sentiment out the last few days.

  24. and for the record…I know the difference between “to” and “too” and just realized I screwed them up in my previous post…hate it when that happens :)

  25. honestly…I would be hard pressed to not do the dubi, kreider and a first.

    I am in love with the idea of kreider being a “sure thing” as much as the next ranger fan. But fact is, there is no such thing…Nash is a known commodity…we all hope that Kreider will be the next Nash…but what if he is the next Brian Boyle? In all fairness to what Boyle brings to our team, I dont think the Kings drafted him in the first round with the thought of him being a great 3rd line PK guy…right?

  26. there will also come a point soon when the Rangers must start trading some of these assets because there won’t be room for all of them in the lineup at the same time. I know, that sounds stupid, but how many young D-men do they have now and in the future? How many top prospects do you need playing third- and fourth-line minutes?

  27. Doodie Machetto on

    Carp, I think so too, which is why I don’t think Nash gets dealt here.

    To be honest, I don’t think he is traded anywhere. I figure Columbus needs to get a goaltender, two forwards, and a defenseman, in addition to picks. Now these can be a mix and match of prospects and actual players, but at least 2 of them have to be NHL ready. Not many teams have the assets to make this deal work, and the ones that do… I don’t think they do it.

    The only exception to this is if they can get a franchise netminder (not a prospect projected to be one), in which case they just need only one more forward and D, the forward either being currently or proejected to be a 2nd liner, and the D either currently being or projecting to be a 2nd pairing guy. The goaltenders I’m thinking here are of the Carey Price variety, so this package is very, VERY unlikely.

    Bottom line: I don’t think he gets traded.

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    Lets kill these bums!!!!


  29. I would gladly take Nash in the right deal but I think Columbus has been aiming too high with their demands(obviously thats where you start) any deal with the Rangers or another team hinges on them coming back to earth. Nash wants to be moved, they want to move him, he is in the midst of his worst year statistically and he has a HUGE contract with a NMC. I really think they are going to be hard pressed to find any team willing to give up what they are looking for, considering the above. The only thing in Columbus’ favor is they don’t have to move him but then they are left with an unhappy star making a ton of money.

  30. 1940,

    exactly…was just telling my brother yesterday that I really feel bad for columbus here as I dont see how they win in this situation. They either lose Nash for FAR less than his actual market value…or they are forced to keep him knowing he doesnt want to be there and trying to convince their fan base that he wants to be there. Lose/ lose for columbus IMHO.

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