John Tortorella pre-game presser


In case you missed it on Twitter: Rick Nash, Ryan McDonagh and Michael Del Zotto are all returning to the lineup tonight. Arron Asham (back spasms) and Matt Gilroy (flu) are out. Henrik Lundqvist in goal. Chris Kreider was assigned to Connecticut (AHL) today.

John Tortorella spoke about J.T. Miller, Chis Kreider, Steve Eminger and others in his pre-game presser.

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  1. Carp, you can ask for an interview with Mr. Edwards in Calgaray and ask him how he reconciles his hawkish CBA views with his recklass spending?

  2. I will ask him, Evan.

    Czech, sounds to me like this “I like Kreider, I want him to play no matter how poorly he plays or no matter what’s best for him to develop, and I don’t like this guy or that guy, so I don’t want him to play no matter what role he fills … wah-wah-wah.”

  3. eddie eddie eddie on

    money cant buy everything its true….but what it dont buy, i cant use….give me money…that’s what i want

  4. sorry for the grammar and spelling mistakes, post was supposed to be “can you…” and I butchered Calgary.

  5. Doodie Machetto on

    WOW on the O’Reilly offer sheet. Fantastic move by Calgary. It’s not like they have anyone on their team for the future other than Baertschi.

  6. Doodie Machetto on

    CTO, regarding Kreider playing with Miller and Callahan, Kreider really only played well in that first game. He wasn’t very good in the next one and was just bad in the others. Miller outplayed in him all 4, including the 4th when Miller was also pretty rotten.

  7. agree Carp, just the man of the moment. But since we know JJ in Boston is such a bafoon and Leipold went on his spending spree pre-lockout, I think Mr. Edwards at least can tell us how he is putting his values into practice.

  8. Stanger Nation on

    yeah – let’s make fun of the players trying to get paid the most they can – brilliant

  9. Stanger Nation on

    E3 – today I am a *Bull in the Pen*

    what we need, what we need, what we *neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed*

  10. eddie eddie eddie on

    S. Nation – the brutha hood of workers must rise up and fight against the tyranny of injustice laid upon us by the owners and the masters…you dig?

  11. Doodie Machetto on

    I absolutely love everything about this move by Calgary. The timing is perfect. Last year’s trade deadline was 2/27. Colorado, if they match, can’t trade him for 1 calendar year from the day they match, so they likely won’t be able to trade him at the deadline, which then makes the 6.5 2nd year salary so brutal because they will have to qualify him at $6.5 million, which is impossible for Colorado, not to mention O’Reilly will have arb rights and be a scant 2 years away from UFA status.

    Just brilliant all around for Calgary. The cap hit is fine for them since they don’t have a player worth a damn on their roster next season other than Kipper and Baertschi. So that’s no problem. It may bite them in the butt though if O’Reilly doesn’t progress, because even for them, 6.5 million in two years would be a lot for a crummy player. But I appreciate the boldness of it. O’Reilly is worth more than a 1st and a third. Absolutely.

  12. It was my experience as a kid that I didn’t get better unless I played against older kids who were better than I was. Are many AHL players better than Kreider right now? Obviously so, but he has the tools to stand out. He has to be a factor there before he’ll ever be a factor here.

  13. Not making fun of him, SN. It’s obviously his prerogative to get paid. It’s just that the Flames are going nowhere.

  14. Stanger Nation on

    Misguided people
    They don’t seem to care
    They carry the symbol
    Of the eagle and the bear
    Across the globe
    Far east to far west
    High tax and cutbacks for military defense

  15. Agree it’s a decent “trade” for the Flames, but their first rounder could still pretty easily end up being a top five pick.

  16. eddie eddie eddie on

    Preach on my soul brutha….into all 4 corners of the darkness

    paid for by Romney/ryan 2012

  17. ‘If you go carryin’ pictures of Chairman Mao, you ain’t gonna make it with anyone any how.’ E3 is on gnat patrol, seeking victims.

  18. Doodie Machetto on

    LW, possibly, but they are pretty close to the playoffs, their division is terrible, and they just added O’Reilly. This could be the deal that makes them a playoff team.

  19. Stanger Nation on

    Super powers have a plan
    Undermining Third World man
    Suck their lands of minerals
    Creating famine and pestilence

  20. Czechthemout!!! on


    Your opinion. Don’t agree with it at all. I thought Kreider played well in all of the games on that line. As did the the whole line.


    I like Kreider. I think he will help this team win if given the chance. That chance has not been given to him in my opinion.

    As for Boyle, what role are you referring to? He gets second/ third line minutes for fourth line production. And this year, AHL production. Yes he kills penalties. So do a bunch of other players, so what. You defend Boyle all the time and thats your choice. Maybe he is a nice guy to you in the lockeroom who gives you access. Maybe not. I don’t know. But Boyle has been no better than Kreider and is still getting good ice time. Kreider will never develop playing with Kris Newberry and Brandon Segal as well as playing for KennyG.

  21. Doodie, great analysis and provides everything we need to know.

    As I said earlier, good for ROR, he’ll get his money and if the fans and his teammates resent him for the holdout well that’s his problem and he has no one to blame but himself.

  22. Doodie Machetto on

    CTO, take off the kid-colored glasses. They got progressively worse in every game, especially the last one.

    You can even read the quotes from Miller after each game passed about how he was doing worse and worse. And at no point was Kreider doing better than Miller.

  23. Doodie, I also think that this might give them a chance to do a quick rebuild by trading Iggy and or Beaumeister. If you can get prospect hauls for one or both, then you have a young, up and coming team that can grow together. Also will make battle of alberta that much more interesting

  24. Boyle, at least, is throwing his substantial weight around. If Kreider is 6’3 230, you would never know it unless you looked it up.

  25. Stanger Nation on

    No sun will shine in my day today
    The high yellow moon won’t come out to play
    I said darkness has covered my light
    and has changed my day into night
    so where is the love to be found
    won’t someone tell me
    Cause life must be somewhere to be found
    Instead of concrete jungle
    Where the living is harder

  26. Czechthemout!!! on


    Thanks for asking. It didnt go as well as we had hoped but my daughter is only 14 and is a rookie in the sport. She is an ice dancer. The big achievement was making it to the world championships in her first year. That we are all very happy about. That said, the scoring in that sport is a joke! My kid got underscored and should have finished at 6-8 slots higher than she did.

  27. Doodie Machetto on

    CTO, she will learn from it and return better than ever. Congrats on making it to the championships in the first place. Should we look for her in South Korea in 2018?

  28. Doodie Machetto on

    Evan, nobody will trade anything of value for Bouwmeester. Nobody.

    Iginla, of course, but they won’t trade him unless he asks to be traded. They would have traded him 10X by now if that weren’t the case. In other words, they’re treating him the Rangers should have treated Leetch.

  29. Czechthemout!!! on


    Boyle gets knocked down by players who are under six feet all the time. He cant skate well, he cant pass, he cant shoot, nor is he all that good on faceoffs .He does do great snow angels though.

  30. eddie eddie eddie on

    czech – you are the missing the point…..Boyle unleads all scorers with 1 pt. this season

  31. No, I don’t defend Boyle, and if I did, it’s not because he’s a nice guy in the lockerroom. But he is a legit NHL bottom six guy who, as awful as he’s been — and he has been — leads the team and is in the top 10 in the NHL in hits, wins faceoffs (compared to the other guys, anyway), and has a role. That role is not Kreider’s role. Yes, Boyle needs to produce some points. I completely agree. That’s not Job No. 1 though.

  32. Czechthemout!!! on


    Thank you very much!


    We all enjoyed it, thanks again!


    Thanks as well. Yes, the 2018 Olympics in Korea is her target and by all the feed back we have received, she should make it quite handily . We have been told she has a chance to be on the podium in the 2022 games so we are excited but let me tell you, it costs a fortune to do this.

  33. Czechthemout!!! on


    He has 1 pt! He is a fourth line player getting second line minutes on many nights. As good a reason as any for why we cant score. Bottom line, as a player, he sucks!!

  34. Czech – Had two daughters into equestrian sports from a young age, and, oh the dollars that flew!

  35. don’t agree, Czech. As a scorer he sucks, and most games this year he has sucked. but we saw him as a legit third-line player last year, a guy who could check the other team’s top guys and kill penalties. Again, I definitely don’t want to sound like I’m defending him, because I don’t think he deserves to be defended this year. But they are a better team if he figures it out and is the player he was last year, just as they are a better team if Richards comes out of it. And Gaborik.

    And I think Kreider will be back in the near future.

  36. Czechthemout!!! on


    My other daughter is no picnic when it comes to spending money. That one wants to be a doctor that specializes in high risk pregnancies. She will probably be off to either UPenn,Johns Hopkins, or Rice University in TX. All three go for a rock bottom price of 56k per year. Med school at about 75 k per year for 4 years!

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