Rangers coach John Tortorella spoke pre-game about J.T. Miller’s development, about the games of Anton Stralman and Mats Zuccarello, and said that he would reunite Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh on defense tonight. He also spoke about the mistakes the team made defensively in Toronto Monday.
Tortorella had a couple of beauts. He stood there for about 10 seconds before the first question—nobody wants to ask the first question because it always gets shot down (maybe somebody should ask him what’s his favorite mustard or where he buys his ties). So when the presser was over and he did answer questions, he said it’s nice to finally get some questions.
Then, on his way out the door—and sadly after my recorder was turned off—he caught the eye of Darren Pang in the back of the room. Tortorella had not answered Pang’s question very well earlier. So on the way out, he jokingly said “Bleep off, Panger.”