Found October 23, 2011 on
The Rangers Tribune:
The Rangers need to improve their overall game, which was the message from head coach John Tortorella during this morning's practice in Edmonton before the team flew out to Winnipeg. But where they have been their weakest is on defense and part of that is due to the fact that both Marc Staal and Michael Sauer have been out of the lineup. While there still has been no updates on Staal as of late, Michael Sauer has been showing signs of improvement and is getting closer to his return.
According to the Daily News, Sauer looked much stronger and faster in today's practice and the gritty defenseman said that the final hurdle will be how the training staff feels about him getting hit. I think as far as physical shape goes, Sauer is golden. But a defenseman is hit more than any other player, especially in the corners, and most of those hits occur at the shoulder area. That is where Sauer has been having problems.
I know that Sauer has been given designated days off of practic...
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Looking for their third straight win the New York Rangers are tinkering with their lineup inserting Brendan Bell on defense and scratching Jeff Woywitka. Replacing Woywitka is not a big surprise as he struggled against Calgary, especially in the third period giving up multiple chances and taking a penalty with just 2:44 left in regulation.
One change the Rangers are not making...
Rangers head coach John Tortorella was not in a very good mood following his team's embarassing performance against the Edmonton Oilers and made that clear by saying "we sucked from head to toe." Tortorella also made it clear he had no interest in discussing it with the media by refusing to take questions.
Rangers coach John Tortorella conducted one of the best press conferences we’ve seen recently. And by press conference, we mean brief monologue. Tortorella was upset with his team’s 2-0 loss to the Oilers Saturday night, a game where they gave up a goal and assist to top overall pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. He was also frustrated [...]
According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, New York Rangers defensemen Marc Staal was to being skating this week and it was leaked out by a few members of the media and Joe Micheletti during a Rangers broadcast that the team would update and announce this news. Unfortunately, a day later came and [...]
There is no questioning the fire of New York Rangers coach
John Tortorella. It is that fire that
makes him entertaining in a number of his press conferences both in
confrontation with reporters like Larry Brooks and many appreciate the blunt
nature to which he will discuss a number of topics. However, last night following the 2-0 loss to
the Edmonton Oilers, Tortorella...
Injuries to New York Rangers defensemen Marc Staal and Michael Sauer have opened the door for Ryan McDonagh.
The former first-round pick is certainly making the most of his opportunity.
McDonagh and the Rangers try for a third consecutive win when they visit the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night.
McDonagh, who is averaging more than 25 minutes of ice time while Staal (concussion...
Short and sweet after losing 2-0 in Edmonton last night.
Earlier in the day I was filling out an interview and one of the questions asked which of the Rangers' games so far this season was the worst in my opinion. Had I filled that interview out tomorrow, instead of today, tonight's 2-0 loss to the Edmonton Oilers would have been my answer.
There are no excuses for what we saw out of this team tonight. Everyone knew the Oilers...
EDMONTON, Alberta -- After appearing completely out of sorts the first three games of the season, Brian Boyle neither was looking for nor received a pat on the back from John Tortorella and his assistant coaches.
Indeed, the center referenced a different body part in relating the tone of the...
The other night after the New York Rangers lost to the Edmonton Oilers 2-0; John Tortorella took the easy way out rather than answer questions from the media.
"We Stunk and I am not going to answer any questions" he said and walked away before anyone could ask him a single question.
Those who defended Tortorella's behavior did not understand that part of being...
The list can go on and on when talking about what's went wrong with the New York Rangers so far this season, but when you look at everything as a collective whole, there's one aspect of their game that is missing that has stood out to me the most; their identity. This year's Rangers have been far from the Black and Blueshirts squad we saw exceed expectations in 2010-11...
Both Henrik Lundqvist and John Tortorella said there were no concerns about the goaltender's health. But as for the rest of the team, the Rangers need to work on their "overall game, top to bottom" after they "sucked from head to toe" in Saturday night's 2-0 loss to the Oilers. That's what Tortorella said after the Blueshirts practiced at the scene...
EDMONTON, Alberta -- The Rangers’ sound of silence regarding Marc Staal is deafening.
The standard “nothing new” becomes more ominous by the day as it relates to the health of the 24-year-old defenseman, who apparently still is feeling after-effects of the concussion he sustained on a hit from his brother...
The New York Rangers want nothing more than to be home right now since they've been on the road since game one of the regular season, but there is one last game to play before they do so and that will come tonight against the Winnipeg Jets. This will be the Rangers' first return to Winnipeg since 1995, so there's a lot of history that goes along with tonight's match...