Browsing: John Tortorella

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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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47 Stepan’s taking his shot

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…

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172 Dreamers

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…

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158 Here’s Wade Redden

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…

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21 From training camp

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…

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147 Staal in the house; he and Torts to talk

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…

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155 Steppin’ it up

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,…

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