Browsing: John Tortorella

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166 Rangers-Bruins in review

Thoughts: 1) Men vs. Boys. I am not 100 percent convinced the Rangers lost this game because of the way they were manhandled by the Bruins, but they were manhandled, and I am pretty certain that any best-of-seven series against a team like that is going to look like the…

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471 Rangers-Panthers in review

Happy Veterans Day. Thoughts: 1) J.T. Miller had jump right from his first shift. That was a pretty cool play on the 1-0 goal. Ryan McDonagh just grows every day in the offensive zone, and Chris Kreider is making plays he didn’t even make in that playoff coming-out party (I…

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95 Rangers preview: Position by position

Here’s my preview from The Journal News and Lohud.com (unedited version): By Rick Carpiniello FORWARDS: If, if, if, if. The Rangers’ forward group will be better – and really, it must – if Brad Richards bounces back from the worst season of his career; if Derick Brassard proves he can…

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337 Rangers-Canucks in review

Click here for my story on Derek Stepan signing a new two-year contract, from The Journal News and lohud.com. Thoughts: 1) Huge day for the Rangers Thursday. Not only did they re-sign Derek Stepan — Glen Sather, tough negotiator, wins again — but just as critical is that Ryan Callahan…

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279 It’s Go Time! … Rangers at Canucks

Game 4 of this 15-game trip. The preseason ends tomorrow in Las Vegas against the Kings. As you know, tonight the “traded” coaches face off against one another. And unless you’ve been under Mount Vancouver, you’ve heard by now that Derek Stepan today signed a two-year, $6.15 million contract. He…

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105 Live Chat today at noon … first of the season

We can discuss the new coach, the new system, the old GM, the old players, the new players, Derek Stepan, Brad Richards, yesterday’s demotions, the demotions yet to come, the opening-night lineup, the 15-game road trip (six preseason, nine regular-season), tonight’s Alain Vigneault-John Tortorella faceoff in Vancouver, and of course…

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150 Rangers-Oilers in review

Thoughts: 1) Unrelated to this game, but there was a lot of chatter about helmets and fights and head injuries this week, and Gary Bettman talked about “player safety” again, and it always makes me wonder. Why in Holy Hell does the league allow players to wear their chinstraps down…

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339 Rangers-Flames in review

Thoughts: 1) Boy, Slats with that Borsalino was awfully tough on Derek Stepan in the taped interview on MSG. “He’s going to get paid, just not today.” Suggested he was “a fool” for listening to his agent. Classic old-school stuff. And I get it, that it’s playing the CBA and…

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130 Training camp: Day 4

Cleaning up a few items. First, here’s my story on Scott Arniel and Derick Brassard from The Journal News and lohud.com today. More importantly, the other day Brad Richards was talking about his relationship with John Tortorella. He mumbled as he was saying, or intending to say, he said he…

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101 Guest blogger: Papa Bear … Over/under for 2013-14

Thanks Carp for asking to post my over/under suggestions as a Guest Blog. I guess it’s my turn to “stink”. Boneheads, here are some of my suggestions for Over/Under pools for the upcoming season: A) Ranger Point Total: 62 B) Kreider Goals: 47 (Note: If Torts was still coach over/under…

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71 Guest blogger: Mike Aker … an alternate NHL universe

Alternate Reality Rangers: How The Last Lockout Changed The Scope of The NHL….Maybe Forever By Mike Aker Whether on television with various incarnations of Star Trek, in comic books with the X-Men, or even in Greek literature, we’ve all learned about an alternate reality, where there exists another realm that…

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