Found December 31, 2011 on NY Daily News:
What most people don’t know, though, is that when Del Zotto was first demoted, John Tortorella received a phone call. It was from Liam Traynor, a 9-year-old Rangers fan with cerebral palsy, who had the coach’s phone number and used it to advocate for his friend, who just happens to be a professional hockey player.

Tortorella Accuses Refs of Trying To Fix Game For Flyers

New York Rangers coach John Tortorella enjoyed that his team rallied to win the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic 3-2, but that did not stop Tortorella from commenting on the questionable officiating down the stretch of the game. Via Puck Daddy: "I'm not sure if NBC got together with the refs," said Tortorella, after the Rangers' 3-2 victory on Monday, regarding...

John Tortorella Calls Winter Classic Officiating 'Disgusting,' Wonders If 'NBC Got Together With the Refs'

John Tortorella's New York Rangers won the Winter Classic over the Flyers on Monday night in Philadelphia. They did so after successfully preserving a one-goal lead late in the third period. However, that one-goal lead almost evaporated late when Flyers forward Danny Briere was awarded a penalty shot after the officials deemed that Ryan McDonagh had covered the puck with his...

Tortorella post-game presser

Courtesy of ASAP Sports: Q.  Can you explain the changes in personnel you made and the effect you thought that had on the game? JOHN TORTORELLA:  Well, we were still?? no one in particular.  And again, big problem with our game, the first half of that game, was just not having the puck; they had the puck more. So we just felt we needed to try to change something, and I’m...

Flyers Goalie Controversy Takes Attention Off Rangers

PHILADELPHIA -- The hype leading up to this year's Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park has been unbelievable. The attention the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers have received has been Stanley Cup-like, as the entire hockey world, as well as the outside sporting world, prepares for what has become an annual main event to bring in the new year. Head coach...

Rangers focused on getting two points

PHILADELPHIA – There was one term that came to mind when seeing the New York Rangers’ approach to the Winter Classic: Businesslike. John Tortorella and his club have the right mindset going into what will be a Super Bowl-esque spectacle come tomorrow afternoon against the Philadelphia Flyers.“I think we have handled it well,” Tortorella said of the game’s buildup. ...

Rangers' Tortorella on D Staal: 'Nothing has changed'

New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal will not be making his season debut in the Winter Classic. Rangers coach John Tortorella ruled the 24-year-old blue-liner out of Monday's game against the Atlantic Division rival Philadelphia Flyers at Citizens Bank Park. "Nothing has changed," Tortorella said of Staal, who did practice on Sunday. "Just because we skated...

Rangers coach: Classic officiating 'disgusting'

A feel-good, come-from-behind Winter Classic win over the Flyers didn't leave John Tortorella completely warm and fuzzy.

Rangers set for Classic

No longer can the Winter Classic be considered a distraction.Finally, after months of anticipation, the next game the Rangers play is tomorrow afternoon’s annual outdoor game, being held at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia against the Flyers. “We’re really looking forward to it,” coach John Tortorella said...

Live game-day chat at 11:30 today

Last game of 2011 tonight, and first game-day chat of 2011 today. (and last game-day chat of 2011 today). So get your questions and comments ready, because those in early will have a much better chance of being answered. Also, please use a screen name or a real name or some name when you make a comment or ask a question. It just makes it easier for me. We can talk about the five...

Marc Staal makes his season debut today

John Tortorella announced that he’s gotten the OK from doctors, trainers and the player for Marc Staal to return from his concussion issues today at 3 p.m. Tortorella said Staal with play on the third pair, but wouldn’t say who comes out (obviously either Stu Bickel or Jeff Woywitka). We’ll have It’s Go Time! later. Enjoy.

Why Now?

From Katie Strang at New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal will make his season debut in the Winter Classic against the Philadelphia Flyers. Coach John Tortorella delivered the surprising news just hours before the league’s annual outdoor game, after telling reporters Sunday that Staal would not be available to play. While it was great to hear that Staal is...

Rangers Win Classic in Philly

When the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers were a part of the press conference at the Citizens Bank Ball Park to announce that they were the two clubs in the 2012 Winter Classic, Rangers’ general manager Glen Sather said that his team would win. While it was no Mark Messier-like guarantee, his and head coach John Tortorella’s team did all the hard work to beat the Flyers...

It’s Go Time! … the Winter Classic, finally

Time for the Hyper Bowl. Game 37. THE BIG, BIG NEWS: Marc Staal will play today, and John Tortorella said he will be on the third pair. Don’t forget, they pushed the start time back to 3 p.m. Last of a three-game trip. Ya boys winners of six of their last seven and leading the Flys by a pair (of points) in the East. Here are the transcripts from yesterday’s media conferences...

Rangers' Marc Staal returns for Winter Classic

PHILADELPHIA — On Sunday, John Tortorella insisted his New York Rangers' lineup was going to be the same. No Marc Staal, who hadn't played since April 23 because of post-concussion syndrome. Monday afternoon, that all changed. Staal will make his season debut on the grand stage of the Winter Classic ...

Just Deserts

Unless you have a fondness for cocky, pompous, and narcissistic human beings, it’s hard not to smile upon learning that Sean Avery has been placed on waivers by the Rangers.  Nobody has enjoyed watching Avery become John Tortorella’s personal whipping boy more so than yours truly.  Even though the Ranger coach hasn’t publicly chastised his mouthy winger, it’s obvious...
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