Post-practice interviews


When … your …
fist hits the glass
like a big old jackass
that’s Amar’e

(anybody want to join in?)

Maybe those Nashville guys, thinking it’s still karaoke hour at the old bar?


 John Tortorella:


Michael Del Zotto:


Brian Boyle:


Ryan Callahan:


Dan Girardi:



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  1. Carp – did you make that song up!? That’s really good. You could give ‘ole Weird Al a run for his money/

  2. What did the Nashville guys do, is that known?

    If I remember correctly Kostitsyn (sp? – ah who cares) and his brother were implicated, and subsequently found to have done nothing wrong, with some mobsters in Montreal…

  3. Gravy, Swedish Meatballs with Noodles and on

    When your hand starts to bleed, while your team is in need…that’s Amar’e.

  4. Carp,

    I’ve always thought the NHL was a league built on booze. Hasn’t there always been some partying on the part of the players? How much has that diminished over the course of your years covering the sport?

  5. Matty'KeepHoltbyinNet'Boy on

    Good for Nashville organization for doing what’s right. You have rules. Abide by them

  6. Great press conference from Torts…predicting meltdown after a game 3 loss

  7. ThisYearsModel on

    When your pissed after work
    And a self-centered jerk
    That’s Amar’e

  8. not likely, joey.

    Chris, tremendously diminished. the guys used to sit in their lockers, with their uniforms still on, drinking beer and smoking. And it wasn’t unusual to see a guy stuffing cans into his jacket pockets on the way out of the lockerroom. I don’t honestly know about after hours, but the hotel bars used to be pretty wild situations, too.

  9. When u repeatedly strike referees
    Youre a criminal and a thug
    Thats a Rondo!

    When u piss and moan
    And the exit you are shown
    Thats a Rondo.

  10. how did I know you wouldn’t like the Amar’e song, Tiki? and that you might respond with an anti-Boston attempt?

  11. Im trying to not be angry today, im 5rying to convince myself it was just one game. Im trying to understand that theres more important things in life than stupid sports. I just dont know how. Either i give up sports completely or i care with every ounce of my heart. Theres just no in between for me. I guess thats the problem. How do u guys deal with a loss like last night?

  12. Don’t know if this was brought up, but the fact the Rangers are alive and doing well in the playoffs and their minor league team is the only one of the playoff teams left rolling in the AHL playoffs says something about the organizational depth. Hate on Sather all you want, but the team is doing well both now and for the future.

  13. When you can’t take your licks
    And you lay up just bricks

    That’s Amar’e!!

    When you talk a good game
    and put yourself to shame

    That’s Amar’e!!

    When you punch glass and weep
    While Miami yells “sweep”

    THAT’S AMAR’E!!!

  14. Hold on, reading the article on the Nash. guys- nowhere does it say anything about what rules broken- is the drinking part just speculating?

  15. I keep telling myself im not angry, i just sent an email to mrs ilb telling her im not angry. Im trying to convince myself of it. But i just have something burning in my chest (not acid reflux), and i know its the anger.

  16. Lloyd Braun on

    tiki, you’re not seriously under the belief that Washington accomplished anything last night, are you?

    unless you think Holtby figured out a way to direct pucks into posts and crossbars, I’m not sure there’s much to worry about

  17. Yea, Tiki – we can’t win ’em all and we won *THREE* in-a-row. If we do that again we are out of this series in 5.

  18. Re: Booze. Yeah, how dare they act like normal human beings and drink beer? They need to show the right image. That’s why all I see on NBCSN is beer commercials during the game.

    It’s funny, I was playing pickup soccer with a bunch of Russian guys a few years ago on a Sunday morning around 8:00. About an hour into it they call for a break and I get out my water jug and they start drinking beer. One guy said to me, “Why you no drink da beer? You’re an athlete aren’t you?”

    I didn’t know that drinking beer at 9:00 in the morning was a requirement to be an athlete. My bad. lol

  19. True, search the internet … apparently there is more to the story out there, and hopefully from a reliable news source.

  20. @Pat Leonard@ Rangers fans will love Chris Kreider for this: a reporter walked up to the rookie today, one day after he turned 21 years old, and asked: “How was your birthday?” Kreider looked up from untying his skates and said, “We lost.” #NYR


    It’s true I do love him now.

  21. Gravy, Swedish Meatballs with Noodles and on

    Charlie, it’s not so much just that they were out drinking (which was against team rules), but did so the night before a game. The game that Keith Jones railed Radulov for his lack of effort and backcheck.

  22. Gravy – actually the first part of my post was regarding Chris and Carp’s posts about not having beer in the locker room, not about the Nashville thing. I should have made that clear.

  23. Thanks Carp, really respect Poile from the moves he’s made to this- which is obviously not an easy call…

  24. Who knows what I think Lloyd. I cant even decipher my own thoughts most of the time. But dont say they didnt accomplish anything. They won 1 game and evened up a series. The same team that just ousted the greatest team in NHL history by winning 3 away games. To count them out completely would be naive.

  25. Poor Radulov…this isn’t the way they do things in the KHL. He needs time get adjusted.

  26. Courtesy of Adam Rotter:

    “During his press conference today, John Tortorella was asked why he was the way he was with the media and if it was just because he didn’t like dealing with them.

    Torts responded, “Are you being a wise ass? I am not going to give you that much information. Some of you guys sit there and tell me that I am curt or whatever and I am not going to have a staring contest. If you don’t ask me questions I will just leave. That is the way it is. I am sorry that I am not a guy who wants to converse about everything during the playoffs.”


  27. Hey, Carp:

    I’m pretty sure there is a connection between athletes no longer drinking so heavily and the fans now carrying iphones (which I have one of, actually). Is the NHL better for being more uptight and “professional”?

  28. Gravy, Swedish Meatballs with Noodles and on

    I also like Torts. And Swedish meatballs.

  29. Gravy, Swedish Meatballs with Noodles and on

    And Italian meatballs for that matter, since my mom is Italian. Actually, any meatballs. Actually, any meat.

  30. Lloyd Braun on

    my favorite thing about Tortorella is how he gives chummy nicknames to reporters even when he dislikes them.

    honestly, if I were in Tortorella’s position, I don’t think I’d be particularly worried what the press thought about my performance either.

  31. I refuse to eat Swedish meatballs until Henrik actually wins us a Stanley Cup. Ha, take that Shenrik!!

  32. I emailed, and asked them aboot the R-A-N-G-E-R-S song, here’s what they said…

    “Thanks for contacting the New York Rangers. That song is not available for download. It is an adaptation of a song by a European soccer team called the Rangers. The Rangers organization has permission to use it in the arena only”

    So, it’s not a New York Rangers song! Another reason for me to hate soccer!!!

  33. Chris F. – Fans carrying iPhones probably has more to do with the price of tickets at MSG. I doubt the overall fanbase has shifted too dramatically towards “professionals.”

  34. iPhones are NOT that expensive. For example, despite being -31- *26* I am still on my parent’s family share plan. I pay *$35* a month with unlimited Data and txting. That’s REALLY cheap. Also, the iPhone itself was a birthday gift. So………………

    I don’t think iPhones are an economic measuring stick anymore. You can get used ones for about $40.

  35. Lloyd Braun on

    seriously, imagine having your job performance evaluated by someone like Stan Fischler

    also, that r-a-n-g-e-r-s thing is god awful

  36. Gravy, Swedish Meatballs with Noodles and on

    Which R-A-N-G-E-R-S song is it that everyone’s been talking about lately?

  37. Spiderpig,

    Since I was copy and pasting exact text that was published on Rotter’s site, I figured I should give him credit for it. Is that wrong?

  38. Could you imgaine being at Torts’ house for Thanksgiving and you take the last drumstick as he’s about to reach for it?

  39. Lloyd Braun on

    I’d imagine Tortorella is quite a bit better to deal with when you’re not a member of the press

  40. Gravy, it’s that annoying song they normally play in the third period when NYR is leading. Something like…

    R-A-N-G-E-R-S, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, Broadway’s very best


  41. Lloyd Braun on

    aka the song that sucks the life right out of the building whenever it’s played

  42. Gravy, Swedish Meatballs with Noodles and on

    Hmm…don’t recall hearing it during the broadcast. I’ll have to listen for it next time (assuming there is a next time) so that I can also say it’s terrible.

  43. Gravy, Swedish Meatballs with Noodles and on

    I do have to say that the goal horn/siren/song is my favorite, though it may just be because I’m a fan.

  44. hey Tiki
    send me an email

    we should talk!

    (will contact later today. need to get my daily walk in and finish an assignment first)

  45. Lloyd Braun on

    best part of the playoffs is the “hey, hey, hey, hey, hey” after a goal is scored. takes on an entirely different dynamic than it does during the regular season.

  46. I am done with Greg Wyshynski. I am done with his podcast. Could the guy HATE on the Rangers anymore? It’s getting ridiculous. He is supposed to be a professional but instead he is just a jealous Devils fan, for which he as *no* reason because the Devils are IN THE PLAYOFFS. Why not talk about that a little more? Why not stop predicting the Phlyers killing the Devils? Why not stop focusing on every Ranger loss?

    *NO RANT*

  47. I really fail to comprehend how Tortorella can continue to get away with this. While he may be meeting the letter of the law – i.e. the league requirement to make himself available to the media at certain times – he is obviously in violation of the spirit by the condescending, insolent and disrespectful attitude that he consistently takes, as well as by failing to provide any substantive comment at all about anything.

    No one expects him to disclose state secrets, but he is far from providing the least he owes the fans who ultimately pay his salary. What would it take to just say something like “It’s very flattering to be nominated, but of course, as with the players, the team’ success is what’s most important”. Or “We really need Gabby to score more and I know he wants to; we’ll continue to work to get him going” etc. If other coaches can do it, why can’t he?

    I am really sick of this.

  48. Lloyd Braun on

    look, I’ll tolerate almost anything they play as long as they shelve that motherfuglien Jay-Z garbage

  49. Frank, I think he’s channeling Herb Brooks’ or his Presser strategy at least….

  50. 4everanger on

    Scotland Glasgow Rangers soccer team song was shamelessly stolen (in vein), or paid for or borrowed. Anyway,- terrible for North American ear. Useless like John Scott himself.

  51. FrankZ, would you like it better if Tortorella said the same piss-boring, trite and predictable things that every other coach of every other team in the history of professional sports does?

    As long as the coach of the team I root for consistently puts his players in a position to succeed, I don’t care if his answer to every question posed by the media is “go bleep yourself.”

  52. “when the fist hits your eye,

    like a big-a pizza pie,

    that’s a Prust-ay”

  53. When you point fifty four

    But that totally doesn’t count as your absolute ceiling because it just doesn’t

    That’s Dubinsky

    Love ya, Lloyd!

  54. Eddie eddie Eddie on

    When your hand’s in a sling
    And you ain’t got no ring
    That ‘s amare

  55. Eddie eddie Eddie on

    One knick’s a dumb azz
    Full of pizazz
    I love real loud jazz
    That’s amare

  56. Mike- From the LEDGE on

    I am very shocked to see so many positive vibes about our beloved NY Rangers. I for one am not optimistic AT ALL. I am scared to death of going to DC as they Rock the Red on us. I have a very bad feeling we will come back home down 3-1. This Cap team is playing Ranger hockey defensively with much much much more offense. I am on the ledge and will be seeing you all on Saturday around 3:30pm.

  57. Jimbo (Win It For TONY!) on

    Hello, ‘heads! My cable system has NBC Sports Channel airing with no sound – Kenny Albert is doing the game. Why couldn’t they lose sound when the “True Professional” is screaming, or when those Washington loving incompetents were doing our game last night!?

  58. Even though I’d like this series go to 7, I can’t help but hope that Marty comes out tonight being 0-2. Latona, do you share the same sentiment .

  59. JVR just answered nothing. Which was much more than Pierre asked. That’s why sometimes I prefer Torts’ approach.

  60. The rangers need to up the nasty in this series. It’s a little too comfy for the craps.

  61. Eddie eddie Eddie on

    My bruthas – what it be?

    Yo yo yo yo aight – know wid I’m sayin?

  62. Torts doesn’t owe fans anything at press conferences. Torts job is to prepare his team to win hockey games. They have been winning a lot of hockey games. Enough said.

  63. Eddie eddie Eddie on

    Pierre – what do you guys need to do to win

    Player – we need to, you know, like score more goals. Know wid I’m sayin my bald Brutha?

  64. Jimbo (Win It For TONY!) on

    I don’t know about Latona, but I’d like to see Maaaarty lose this game tonight!

    I’d like to see a long series – a tough, brutal one. But seeing the Devils lose is just too great to pass up!

  65. Jimbo (Win It For TONY!) on

    Let’s see if Universe got his wake-up call at the right time tonight. Usually, he sucks in the first period.

  66. Jimbo (Win It For TONY!) on

    Whoopsie!!! Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarty just let one in!

  67. Jimbo (Win It For TONY!) on

    Still no sound here! Amateur-hour NBC or TWC here in Queens!

  68. Jimbo (Win It For TONY!) on

    I know, Eddie – oooh! Some bad blood here in front of the net!

  69. Mike- From the LEDGE on

    ORR I wish I had your faith. They do scare me at home especially when they go on the PP. Just watch.

    IIB2001- don’t know how the weather is in DC but here on Long Island it’s cool and rained today.

  70. Be careful what you wish for – these Flyers are dangerous and confident.

    Hopefully the Derbils and Phly-girls will kill each other. I don’t want the flyers right now. Ask Cindy what he thought.

  71. The Whole Derbil team is having trouble… The Filth is all over them!

  72. Jimbo (Win It For TONY!) on

    This is when Universe usually gives up a stinker to knock his team down a peg!

  73. I sure do, ilb, I sure do. As much as we need the series to go seven, I can’t motivate myself to root on Fatso.

  74. You don’t root for Marty the Whale, you root against the Filth having an easy time in front of their filthy fans.

  75. Jimbo (Win It For TONY!) on

    Guess so – Farty’s looking bad tonight – gave away the puck behind the net. Of course, unlike when Hank does it, it doesn’t wind up in his own net.

  76. The fourth line for the Filth – Simmonds, Read, and I forget the third player – are not a fourth line. We have Rupp, Mitchell, and AA. Filth has depth.

  77. Jimbo – unless Marty the whale gives it to Callahan, then it ends up in the goal.

  78. Jimbo (Win It For TONY!) on

    Yeah!! I like when that happens! Cally makes him pay! :-)

  79. Jimbo (Win It For TONY!) on

    He seems to be flopping around in the crease a lot tonight.

  80. Someone needs to post on Flyers blog that they’re playing a boring game at the moment.

  81. Jimbo (Win It For TONY!) on

    I think that a beached whale looks more dignified doing it than Farty does, though! ;-D

  82. Jimbo (Win It For TONY!) on

    Is Kovalsuck playing tonight? I have no sound, and I haven’t noticed him on the ice…

  83. Jimbo (Win It For TONY!) on

    Aha! That’s why I haven’t noticed him – he’s probably still recovering from finally winning a playoff round for the first time in his NHL career. Thanks, Latona!

  84. Jimbo (Win It For TONY!) on

    I must admit, I used to enjoy seeing Avery doing his level best to drive Kovy crazy – he usually was successful at it, too! ;-)

  85. 4everanger on

    Groin or mental state or something else in whole universe…Maybe Kovalchoke, as well as our beloved Gabby are simply not a playoff material.
    East European pans…you know who…right?

  86. It’s James van Riemsdyk, Per, and he’s been around the Orange Crud for a while now. He grew up a Rangers fan.. what a traitor!

  87. 4everanger on

    Kreider IS a PO material! The only problem he has – is making turns on his high speed because of how huge his balls are.(without a risk to go overboard it is).

  88. Jimbo (Win It For TONY!) on

    I’d take their 4th line over ours, if it was being offered!

  89. Whatever Pierre was talking about- that this type of game is benefitting the Flyers, has been proven wrong immediately: the Devils are dominating. If it wasn’t for Bryzgalov, the game would’ve been at least tied.

  90. CTBlueshirt on

    Coutuerier might be the Flyers version of Patrice Bergeron. Then throw in Schenn and you’ve got 3 dynamite centers.

    The big question is whether JVR will ever be what they projected him to be.

  91. CTBlueshirt on

    What’s the purpose of that bald guy wearing a visor behind Pierre?

  92. Jimbo (Win It For TONY!) on

    Flys had a great first period – and they’re having an awful 2nd! What happened?

  93. Did mister Snider pay Pierre McTalkingForeskin to hype Bryzgalov up? He just doesn’t shut up! Bryzgalov is so good and unbelievable and just the greatest goalie to ever wear the pads!

    .873 SV% 3.70 GAA

    Who can argue with these amazing numbers?!

  94. Yup, Latona. And some of the Flyers fans were complaining that the Rangers are playing a boring style…

  95. I guess 1 good playoff game out of 7 for a 50 million dollars goalie is totally amazing, according to Pierre

  96. This one isn’t over yet, CCCP. He may still leave the Universe in third….

  97. Jimbo (Win It For TONY!) on

    Most goalies should NEVER leave their crease – the days of the roaming goaltender seem to be over!

  98. But is it worth that much for an astronomer, CCCP?

    As long as a dejected Marty leaves the Wells Fargo Center tonight with a loss, ilb, I think I can survive another period.

  99. Boring style of hockey for a FLyers fan is not stabbing someone with your skate in the first 20 minutes.

  100. Not watching that one, CCCP. I worked with some sick kids from the area two years after. Bad memories.

  101. if anyone is heading to DC
    there’s a sports bar right next to Verizon Center
    went there in ’04 before a Dead concert
    not too bad
    here’s the info

    Verizon Center
    601 F Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20004
    General Manager: Rick Clagett

    Mon – Sun: 11am – 1am

  102. If *Bryzgalov* is in NJ’s head, they should just automatically forfeit the next season, let alone playoffs this year.

  103. Nice pirouette by Wellwood lol


    That Chernobyl movie looks as contagiously bad as Chernobyl itself

  104. Jimbo (Win It For TONY!) on

    Jesus!! Flys looking like the Keystone Kops out there….

  105. Jimbo (Win It For TONY!) on

    Will that be enough to win the game? Flys aren’t taking any shots on Farty.

  106. Dammit….Looked like the Flyers were going to lose this one though…I know, I should be rooting for this series to go to 7, but I can’t.

  107. Jimbo (Win It For TONY!) on

    I can’t either – I can’t help it, but my hatred for the Debs is much stronger than my hatred for the Flys.

  108. Jimbo (Win It For TONY!) on

    That’s it!! Flys totally crapped the bed in this game – bunch of bums!

  109. Jimbo (Win It For TONY!) on

    They looked so good in the first period, then came out in the 2nd and 3rd like they were a differnt team!

  110. Joekuh - 11 more..GBT! on

    i must admit, i lol’d at the opening song. but am i the only one who thinks this is just a moment of anger, that will pass? ive had moments where ive punched potentially dangerous things, so i dont think amare’s such a ‘thug’ and ‘monster’ that ppl are making him out to be.

  111. Jimbo (Win It For TONY!) on

    I guess so, ilb – I’m probably not thinking strategically, I’m thinking with my heart and not my head!

  112. The worst Eastern Conference Finals would be Derbils-Craps…

    The Filth better get something together. The Derbils look like a more talented Craps..

  113. No such thing as a win when I have to listen to the endless drivel from Devils “fans” tomorrow, ilb.

  114. Jimbo (Win It For TONY!) on

    Flys scored goals by the bucketful against the Pen()s, though – they aren’t even getting the shots in this game, much less the goals.

  115. Jimbo (Win It For TONY!) on

    Kovy blows! Debs look better without him in the lineup.

  116. The Rangers’ PP looks good compared to the one these clowns are sporting tonight.

  117. One game won in OT, one lost 4-1(?). All at home. Not a confidence builder for Philadelphia.

  118. Jimbo (Win It For TONY!) on

    Maybe some last-minute goonery!? Come on Flys, do your thing!

  119. The Filth are being embarrassed at home 4-1!

    Now it’s time to return the favor at the Pebble..

    But I think Marty the Whale may be in their heads, like Lindqvist…

    Ecf finals: NYR vs. njd

  120. Rooting for either team makes me want to vomit and choke to death on said vomit. But *7* games would be nice.

  121. Don’t compare the Cindys to the Derbils — the pens lost their ability to defend and goaltend. The Derbils can defend, and Marty is flippin’ and floppin’ l….

  122. haha, jersey is a better team without Kovalsuck. and the Craps do better when Obumpkin plays less. haha.

  123. Jimbo (Win It For TONY!) on

    Yeah – makes Pierre look kinda like an idiot, doesn’t it!? Not a difficult task, grant you, but….

  124. All Bryzgalov controlled today was a few dead flies around the net, Pierre…

  125. Jimbo (Win It For TONY!) on

    Marty looked awful in the first, but he only gave up one goal – then he didn’t have much to do for the rest of the game. An opponent that could have kept the pressure on him would have won this game.

  126. Jimbo (Win It For TONY!) on

    Well, at least we won’t have to listen to Chico in the Swamp Stadium games.

  127. Jimbo (Win It For TONY!) on

    This series hasn’t even been physical as of yet – how can we depend on our next opponent being worn out (if we have one) if they don’t play a tough series? Where has all the hostility gone!?

  128. Blogmama Go Tony!!!! on

    If your brain’s in a fog
    Then you turn to your blog
    that’s amore…..(hartnell the other jackwagon….geez, there’s gatorade buckets for that!!!)

    you guys rock….Carp, you are the best!!!! LOL…..OK….that’s my quick hi for today. Stupid job…..til tomorrow!!

  129. ????.. When….you…  Always get hurt and your fans lost their shirt.. That’s Amar’e…????

    ????.. When….you…  Sign with the Knicks and just  make the fans sick.. That’s Amar’e…????

    ????.. When….you…  Try to slam dunk and your back turns to junk.. That’s Amar’e…????

  130. Should read: ????.. When….you…  Always get hurt and your fans LOSE their shirt.. That’s Amar’e…????

  131. When…you’re fat as a hog…
    And you’re team plays in fog
    That’s A’Marty…

    When…you flop like a whale
    And you move like a snail
    That’s A’Marty…

    When…you cheat on your wife
    With your blood brother’s wife
    That’s A’Marty…

    When…your breath smells unsavory
    And you skip handshake with Avery
    That’s A’Marty…

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