What we know: That it wasn’t nearly good enough last year. That, while defense must be played by all six players on the ice in order for it to be successful, each pair of defensemen must be better. That John Tortorella doesn’t seem to like having an extra defenseman around…. Read More →
Derek Stepan: On the speed of the scrimmages: “It’s faster. It’s definitely faster. You’ve got to be thinking three seconds ahead. You’ve got to be able to get pucks on stick battles, you’ve got to be strong on your skates, you’ve got to be winning draws. Winning draws are very… Read More →
Sorry I couldn’t stay for John Tortorella’s late-day meeting with the media. But as always, our friend Andrew Gross was there and posted the transcript on his blog. Here it is.
Got this from MSG last night. A bunch of kids from Garden of Dreams were painting the ice at the Garden, with Rod Gilbert (the real one, the legend). They painted this message along the blue line: ————————————————————— Twenty-two days until the Opener. 22: Mike Gartner. Nick Fotiu. 22: Emmitt… Read More →
Everybody knows Wade Redden’s situation. He had a tough exit interview with John Tortorella last spring, and his contract is the obvious one that can be dumped to Hartford in order to get the Rangers under the salary cap before the season. I asked Redden how he can keep the… Read More →
Training camp and no pucks. That’s what the Rangers are doing today, and probably tomorrow. Just skating, four groups in short sessions. There are these radar things on the blue lines, I’m guessing, to measure skating speed during the drills. No pucks make it nice and quiet. Mark Messier is… Read More →
The Rangers will have Marc Staal and John Tortorella meet the assembled media today at the MSG training facility, as a pre-camp press get-together. Yours truly will be in the car returning from a vacation (fooled you this week, didn’t I?) and unable to attend. So if youse want to… Read More →
I went to the post office the other day. Parked next to a car covered in Rangers stickers. Then the guy came out of the post office, and he had this giant Rangers tattoo on his forearm. And if I needed reminding about how passionate Rangers fans can be, well,... Read More →