Browsing: John Tortorella

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11 Tortorella post-game

To repeat the news: Artem Anisimov blocked a shot in the second and injured his right ankle. He will have an MRI today. He said he knew it was pretty bad “right away” when he didn’t feel any “relief” after a few minutes. Michal Rozsival hyperextended a knee, and John…

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27 Tortorella pre-game

John Tortorella: (By the way, tonight is the first time in over a year, Oct. 19, 2009, that Lundqvist did not start a home game. In that game, he relieved Steve Valiquette.) On Biron starting: “He played good (in Toronto). Our plan with him is trying to get him, each…

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95 Reason for optimism

Hey, sorry I’m late again. Had an unexpected situation here at Blog HQ. Nothing major. ——————– As I said yesterday, the three wins in four nights reinforced my belief that this team is better than last year, and should make the playoffs — no guarantee, obviously, with so many teams…

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186 Devils-Rangers in review

Half a day late and several dollars short … It’s hard not to review the whole three games in four nights as one, because it really was a fabulous long weekend for your boys. Here’s my story from The Journal News and LoHud.com today. Small piece of news this morning:…

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13 Post-game quotes

John Tortorella: On what he liked best tonight. “Not one particular thing. The first two periods, I thought, throughout most of our team concept, I thought we were good. We were aggressive, again we handled the neutral zone well, our power play had some good looks — we don’t finish…

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75 Tortorella pre-game

First the news. As I tweeted earlier, Brandon Prust will play, though I can’t imagine he’ll be very attractive with that eye. Jeremy Williams may also play, in place of Todd White. Same lineup otherwise. Tortorella wouldn’t say whether Williams will play on the power play, where he excelled in…

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194 Avs-Rangers in review

If this is Life without Gaborik, the Rangers are in trouble. As I wrote in my column in The Journal News and on LoHud.com today, I don’t think that’s necessarily the case. But they’ve got to be better than that. And they should be better than that. 1) If you…

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6 Post-game quotes

John Tortorella: “I thought we played better in the second period than the first period; I thought we had the puck more. Then the third period we end up with, what, six minutes there of power-play time and we don’t get it done. And really not even … I don’t…

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40 Tortorella pre-game

First the news. Erik Christensen is playing tonight, so the Rangers will come into the game with one healthy scratch: Mike Sauer. John Tortorella: On the news on Vinny Prospal’s surgery. “I think (it was) a little better than expected. We just weren’t sure and I don’t think they were.…

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190 Leaves-Rangers in review

Watched some of Rangers Encore when I got home at 1:30 a.m. I know, get a life. But it confirmed a few things for me. Some thoughts on Leaves-Rangers. 1) Toronto might actually be much improved this year. Is 4-0 a fluke? Maybe. Do I think the Leaves are a…

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18 Post-game quotes

First the news, which I actually tweeted from Tortorella’s presser. Gosh, Tweeting is fun. Gaborik is out 2-3 weeks with a separated shoulder. Drury is out six weeks with a broken finger … the same finger, a different break. Vinny Prospal will have surgery on his knee Tuesday and is…

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30 Tortorella pre-game presser

First the news. Christensen skated today and came off the ice. The groin, or whatever it is, still bothering him. So he won’t play tonight. Drury will play on the first line … more below about that. Gilroy is in for Sauer, playing with Eminger. ┬áThe rest of the lineup…

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105 Islanders-Rangers in review

Almost crack of noon. Sorry kids. Been burning the candle at both ends (without the fun) and it finally caught up to me. Here’s my column from The Journal News and LoHud.com today. Some thoughts about the game yesterday. 1) You know I don’t sugarcoat things, so maybe you’ll respect…

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37 More post-game quotes

Henrik Lundqvist: “It’s a tough one. I think we played really well as a team the whole game. We had a couple of tough bounces along the way. I felt like they didn’t really have to work that hard to get their goals. But overall, as a team, I think…

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40 Tortorella pregame

Here’s John Tortorella’s presser from this morning (I get a kick out of how every single hockey player, every single coach, every single announcer, finds it so difficult to wrap his head around the idea of an afternoon game. … it’s always “Tonight” no matter what time they actually play).:…

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21 Live and alive at Nassau (updated)

No traffic accidents. No dead-stop traffic jams. No tickets. I didn’t kill anybody. Didn’t blow my horn at anybody. Not even a hint of rage. (well, that’s not entirely true; I did blow my horn at a peabreain young girl who was texting and weaving at about 40 mph in…

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10 Tortorella on Opening Night

First a clarification. Chris Drury is on injured reserve with a broken finger, but it’s retroactive to when the injury occurred. So he is eligible to come off IR at any moment. If he feels he can play in Buffalo, the Rangers could activate him. They would have to then…

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258 The first day of a new season

Your boys don’t play until Saturday in Buffalo, as youse know. But tonight is the first night of the 2010-11 season. Versus has a pretty good double-header, Philly at Pittsburgh followed by Chicago at Colorado. I’m gonna do my picks today. I was going to go to practice, but John…

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132 Stepan wins Sjoberg; White, Kennedy clear

First, Todd White and Tim Kennedy cleared waivers at noon today. The Rangers can assign them to Hartford within 30 days without putting them through waivers again. Second, Andrew Gross is reporting that John Tortorella said he can’t count on Vinny Prospal’s return. Of course his season, and thus his…

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120 Fedotenko makes it; signs for a year

The Ruslan Fedotenko tryout was successful. Fedotenko played well enough during the preseason — probably even better than the Rangers could have hoped — to earn a one-year contract reportedly worth $1 million. The Rangers remain under the cap by about $1M and have some maneuverability in their roster, which…

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