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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Henrik Lundqvist chose his words very carefully yesterday when the subject of a potential contract extension this summer was raised at yesterday’s breakup day, so I sure won’t put any words in his mouth.
But know this: The words did not come out of the Rangers’ franchise player’s mouth that would have put owner Jim Dolan, general manager Glen Sather, coach John Tortorella and the entirety of Rangers’ Nation at ease.
Those words would have been: “Yes, my intention is to sign a long-term extension and play my entire career in New York.”
Instead the words from the goaltender, who has one year remaining on his deal and is thus eligible to sign an extension on July 5, were these:
“I’m going to talk to my agent and will see. I [have] had such a great time in New York. They’ve treated me really well and gave me the opportunity to play.
“It’s been a lot of fun. I have one more year on my contract and we’ll see.”
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The New York Rangers announced Wednesday that head coach John Tortorella has been relieved of his duties, four days after the team was eliminated in five games by the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference
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Wowzers, per ESPN's Katie Strang:
#NYR BREAKING: John Tortorella has been dismissed as head coach of the Rangers, source confirms
— Katie Strang (@KatieStrangESPN) May 29, 2013
The Rangers are confirming:
BREAKING NEWS: The #NYR have relieved John Tortorella of his coaching duties...details to follow
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) May 29, 2013
The Rangers made headlines on Wednesday when they announced they had fired John Tortorella as their head coach after four and a half seasons. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, as the Blueshirts have come up short in the playoffs each of the last three seasons and were easily dispatched by the Boston Bruins in five games in the 2013 playoffs.
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#NYRBREAKING: John Tortorella has been dismissed as head coach of the Rangers, source confirms
— Katie Strang (@KatieStrangESPN) May 29, 2013
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