Browsing: John Tortorella

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109 Bye, bye, Vinny Prospal; Hello Mikhail Pashnin

Good guy, very good player, fun to watch. Vinny Prospal wasn’t coming back to the Rangers, most likely, because his knees are shot, and because the Rangers have too many forwards who need the minutes. So Prospal — who played golf with my dad a few weeks ago — went…

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515 The Captain, and his alternates: who will they be? (updated)

MORNING UPDATE: Larry Brooks is reporting that RFA Michael Sauer signed a two-year, $1.25 million contract. AFTERNOON UPDATE: Add Artem Anisimov, who signed on the dotted line today, too (in case you didn’t see it right over there ——>). According to Jesse Spector’s blog: “Anisimov’s deal is worth $3.75 million…

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264 Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Independence Day to all! Have a fun and safe holiday. First of all, does anybody know what the heck is up with some of these supposed top teams. I mean, what is Philadelphia doing? And now, what is San Jose thinking with this latest trade, Dany Heatley for Martin…

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59 It’s official: Brad Richards a Ranger

A conference call is scheduled for 4 p.m. We will live blog the call with Brad Richards, John Tortorella and Glen Sather. I imagine Richards will go back to No. 19, though he might have to pay off his former Tampa Bay teammate Ruslan Fedotenko to get it. That leaves…

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252 July 1: Get the checkbooks out!

The festivities begin at noon. The read I’m getting is that the Rangers are going hard for Brad Richards, but they expect several teams to be involved — maybe even a surprise team or two — and if they whiff on him, they won’t go for another big-ticket guy. They…

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64 Tortorella (Part II):

John Tortorella (continued): I said that on breakup day he mentioned the need to upgrade the skill level, and that July 1 is an opportunity to do that without altering the plan of staying with the youth, and asked how crucial tomorrow is. “It’s an important day for us because…

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49 Tortorella free-agency eve (Part I):

John Tortorella: (laughing) “Boy, I didn’t think I’d have to be doing this (carcillo) right now, over the summer. … questions?” “I don’t think a whole bunch has changed, certainly, from my thinking. I think if you talk to me in a couple of days, with free agency and stuff…

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167 Some more reaction to Derek Boogaard’s passing

These player reactions came from the Rangers last night: NEW YORK RANGERS PLAYERS ON THE PASSING OF DEREK BOOGAARD Marian Gaborik: “I found out immediately, like right away…it was late at night here…I couldn’t believe it.  It was weird because I just couldn’t believe it.  It’s really sad, a young…

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118 Eastern semifinal games in review

Happy Cinco De Mayo (Marcelino is 1/64th Mayan). Bolts in the conference final. B’s are close … but they won’t get ahead of themselves this time. Claude Julien is going to bring in a motivational speaker: The Most Interesting Man in the World, to tell them, “Stay Thirsty My Friends.”…

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135 Break-up day: John Tortorella Part II

First, I think youse all saw that Chara, Lidstrom (does he ever stop?) and Weber were named finalists for the Norris Trophy. ——————- More John Tortorella: I asked him about the “identity” he’s so often spoken about, and if that’s something that is now in place, and if the team…

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74 Break-up day: John Tortorella, Part I

The coach came in and, this time didn’t sit down. He said he’s not going to give us 45 minutes like he did last year because he said too much and got into trouble for saying it last year. Then he went nearly 40 minutes again, and pretty much answered…

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13 Game 5: Tortorella post-game

John Tortorella: About not being disappointed in this team, this season, regardless of the outcome: “We’re still in a process. So we just keep on going. We try to get better. I think there’s areas on our team where we need to get better. So we continue to build.” On…

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17 Game 5: Post-game quotes

Start with these. John Tortorella to follow soon. Marian Gaborik later on. Marc Staal: On the power play: “It’s a big part of it. you need your power play to produce some offense. We were pretty stale all series long, so … “They had a good start. We kind of…

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447 Game 4: The day after

I had to make a decision today. Take care of some personal stuff I’d been neglecting before going to Washington tomorrow … or go to the practice facility to hear all the cliches about winning one game, taking a shift at a time, etc. And after sifting through some of…

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389 Capitals 4, Rangers 3 (2OT): Game 4 in review

Here’s the bad news. Teams trailing 3-1 have won 23 of 240 series in history (9.6 percent). Here’s the good news: Twenty-one  of those have happened since 1987, including twice last year. And the Capitals did it to the Rangers in 2009, and had it done to them by Montreal…

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79 Game 4: Tortorella post-game

John Tortorella: “We turned one over. I mean, we give them two free ones. Mac turns one over and we lose our coverage on a back-door play.” On the GWG: “Hank’s ready to tie it up. It’s just a fluky goal.” On Lundqvist stretching with cramps: “He’s fine. He’s fine.”…

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300 I’ll talk Rangers on WGBB-1240AM at 9:20

Just wanted to give youse a heads-up that I will be barking about hockey  and the Rangers on the New York Sports Exchange show with Eric Mirlis and Derek Wasiak on WGBB 1240 AM on Long Island at about 9:20 tonight. The show airs from 9-10. For those out of…

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