Browsing: John Tortorella

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181 Rangers-Mighty Ducks in review

Thoughts: 1) Yay! Skills competition. Pretty serious lack of skills in this one. Brad Richards lost the puck at center ice, and the winning goal was a complete whiff. 2) The Rangers shouldn’t fight the opponent’s goons unless it’s absolutely necessary. So far they have had two staged fights, and…

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52 Rangers-Kings in review

We’re underway. Ya boys got a point on the road, blew a lead, caused way-too-early panic, took too many penalties. In other words, situation normal. Quick turnaround with a 1 p.m. road game today vs. the future Stanley Cup runnerup Mighty Ducks in Stockholm. Thoughts: 1) Time of possession in…

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41 Rangers preview Part II: Position by position

Forwards The look all changed when Brad Richards signed for $60 million over nine, years. Throw a legit No. 1 center onto any roster and it trickles down mightily. Now the Rangers have an elite playmaking center to play with Marian Gaborik, who had a terrible second season (22 goals,…

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64 Rangers preview Part I: Keys to the season

Keys to the Rangers season 1) Marian Gaborik. He has one of the top playmaking centers in the NHL now, with Brad Richards. The Rangers must get around 40 goals, or more, from Gaborik, who would also then make a previously pathetic power play go if he’s back on his…

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307 Sean, please come back, Sean

Gotta give Sean Avery credit for one thing that is absolutely for certain. He drives traffic on this blog. Holy smokes was this place buzzin’ for an off-day, preseason day, yesterday. Over 9,000 visits, probably the most since the Brad Richards signing, about 700 comments on two threads. Shut the…

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505 Bye, bye Avery (again)? (updated)

Regarding Sean Avery … I don’t think he was/is going to play much at all this season if he stayed/stays. Mike Rupp, for one, completely takes away his position in the lineup, and is a much, much better and more versatile player. Mats Zuccarello had a great camp. You could…

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19 Rangers-Frolunda in review

(Editor’s note: Anybody interested in doing reviews of the Sunday or Monday games? If so, e-mail me at rcarpini@lohud.com) Another round of cuts coming today for John Tortorella. As I’ve said all along, there really aren’t a lot of spots available for new guys. The Rangers still need to keep…

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65 Marc Staal to Connecticut Whale (updated)

Not sure of the ramifications of this announcement, but just got this from the Rangers: “Marc Staal will be reporting to Hartford and skating with the Connecticut Whale tomorrow.” I imagine that John Tortorella or the team will have more explanation for this later on from Prague. Check the Twitter…

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147 Rangers-Flyers in review

Thoughts: 1) From what I’ve seen, this preseason has been disjointed, undisciplined and inconclusive. The Rangers have not played particularly well in any of the three games, and their best players have certainly not stood out for the most part. Maybe that’s just me. 2) As far as Michael Del…

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40 John Tortorella media conference

John Tortorella: On the post-practice event in which members of the FDNY and NYPD hockey teams were interspersed with Rangers players for a scrimmage game and a shootout. Tortorella, by the way, was the happiest guy on the ice when some of the firemen and cops scored on Henrik Lundqvist.…

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414 It’s Go Time!

First of many Go Times, and first game of the preseason for your heroes. Here’s John Tortorella’s morning skate press conference, courtesy of Blueshirt United.

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209 John Tortorella’s press conference

Better late than never. This is yesterday’s presser. I won’t be around the team today as it skates in the morning and then flies — that’s right, flies — to Albany for the preseason opener. I’ll be back this evening for a Go Time thread. Tortorella noted that there’s a…

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138 Rangers camp update

Before I drive headlong into rush-hour traffic … The Rangers will announce their roster for tomorrow’s game in Albany later on. I’ll put it up as soon as I get it. Chad Kolarik tweaked a knee today and is going to be checked out. Michael Sauer did his fitness (torture…

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140 Marc Staal updates his condition

Marc Staal skated in practice today, but again did not participate in scrimmages. He spoke to the media afterwards. Marc Staal: “Depends on the length and the hardness of the workout. Some days I’ll get a headache late in the day that will last sometimes four or five hours, or…

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90 Big news, bad news on Marc Staal?

Larry Brooks is reporting that Marc Staal developed post-concussion symptoms over the summer … from the hit he took from his brother in Carolina last February. And that Marc Staal will be held out of the scrimmages and three North American preseason games as a precaution, even though he has…

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34 First day of scrimmages and pucks

The Rangers play hockey for the first time this training camp. We’re going to have to count on our Twitter widget ——> for live updates, etc. In the meantime, here are some leftover interviews from the weekend: Wojtek Wolski: Talked about getting past the old “garbage” and starting over. “I…

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24 Gaborik returns to training camp

Marian Gaborik returned Friday afternoon from Slovakia, where he spoke at a memorial for his close friend Pavol Demitra, and others. It’s been an especially difficult off-season for Gaborik, who was very close with Derek Boogaard from their days in Minnesota, and extremely close with Demitra, who perished in a…

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52 Training camp, Day 2 (updated)

UPDATE: Artem Anisimov is on the ice with the third group. No sign of Marian Gaborik, who is supposed to be in this group as well. UPDATE: Marian Gaborik is in the building, plans to skate with the fourth group and get his physical tests done later. Spoke about the…

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32 Tortorella from training camp (updated)

UPDATE: Here is my story on Brandon Prust from The Journal News and LoHud.com today. Sorry this is so late … had some major car snafu Friday. Hope to be able to get to camp for most of the session, if not all, Saturday. We’ll see. No promises. Here is…

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