Browsing: John Tortorella

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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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93 Rangers 5, Senators 4 (SO) in review

Some quick thoughts, then I have to run to football. Hope to make it back to a TV by gametime. 1) I may have said this last night, but the injuries to Drury and Prospal (and maybe Rozsival) should give the Rangers an opportunity to keep and use some extra…

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64 More on Prospal, Drury, etc.

More pregame stuff from the head coach. John Tortorella: On Rozsival: “I’d like to see him play, but I’m still not sure. … I just don’t know (about the opener). If there’s any question about it lingering, he won’t play (tomorrow). He probably won’t play. I mean, why? Why put…

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20 Prospal out, Drury may start on IR

More concern about Vinny Prospal, whose right knee was aggravated again while skating. He was sent for more tests today and will not play tonight or tomorrow, according to John Tortorella. So that might open another spot or two for the centers in camp, especially since Tortorella added that he…

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169 Cutting down … but not now

Still, I was reading that tomorrow’s scratches will be Christensen, White and Kennedy. And since most teams go with their regular lineup at or toward the end of the preseason, I don’t think that bodes well for White and Kennedy. I could be totally wrong about that. But Vinny Prospal…

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212 Questions about the Rangers

Some thoughts as we stand in the middle of the preseason: 1) Are you a little concerned about the number of goals allowed in the first three games? I know, it hasn’t been the whole team, and maybe they haven’t worked on system enough, and certainly you don’t put a…

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91 Rangers 4, Devils 3 (OT) in review

Some thoughts the morning after: 1) For a preseason game, especially a first preseason game, that was a pretty good pace. 2) Too early to make a complete judgment but I think Frolov could be a really good one. Again, we’ll hold off before getting too carried away. But the…

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13 Post-game stuff

No cuts were announced, but most of those who played in the rookie game are expected to be headed to Hartford and/or junior teams tomorrow. Those who survive the first cut will have a complete day off Friday. Some lockerroom reax: John Tortorella: “I thought it was a good game.…

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61 Back at the Garden

Nobody available pregame. No John Tortorella presser. Nothing new to report, except that there were six fights in the rookie game (a 5-2 Devils win). See Tom Gulitti’s blog for some details. So we’ll be back with a game thread later. ———————- Not to belabor the point, but I believe…

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225 Sweet 16?

Sixteen days until the Opener. 16: Whitey Ford. Joe Montana. 16: Pat Hickey. Pat LaFontaine. Pat “Little Ball of Hate” Verbeek. Brett Hull. ——————————- And of course, 16: Sean Avery. The lightning rod. Today’s topic of conversation. And not just because it guarantees we will do big numbers. First, for…

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82 Almost game day

The Rangers have announced their entire roster for the game tomorrow — Martin Biron will play in goal, and Derek Stepan will center Alex Frolov and Marian Gaborik, at least to start. Also, according to Andrew Gross’s blog, Dylan McIlrath will play in the rookie game at Newark tomorrow afternoon,…

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111 About the defense

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.…

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