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Michael Del Zotto
New York Rangers
If there was one certainty heading into the 2011-2012 season, it was that this Rangers’ team coached by John Tortorella was going to work hard. It has been their blueprint for several seasons now, and it was this lunch pail approach, manifested in their choice of Ryan Callahan as Captain, that brought the club to the point where they were capable of competing with any opponent on any night.
What the team lacked, though, in almost direct proportion to the amount of grit it possessed, was talent. Not the kind of expected talent that’s required to play in the NHL, but rather the kind of talent that separates the good from the great, and the great from the world-class.
It could even be said that the expectation for this year would be that, in general terms, the Rangers’ would continue relying primarily on trench work to get the job done. The offseason brought in Brad Richards, of course, but Richards himself was known more for his workmanlike approach to playmaking than he was for fla...
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The National Hockey League sent a large message in response to the post game comments of New York Rangers coach John Tortorella levying a $30K fine. Tortorella has since apologized for his statements claiming he was being sarcastic, but the league certainly didn't see the humor in it.
That Tortorella was fined for questioning the integrity of the officials and even the league...
First of all, the news of John Tortorella coaching at the All Star game this season speaks volumes to what the Rangers coach has achieved this season. Several Rangers players have received media kudos and attention for the way they have worked their way to the top of the Eastern Conference this year and rightly so. However one person who has not received enough praise is the man...
John Tortorella said that the officiating in the third period was “disgusting” and insinuated that the refs and NBC had conspired to send the game to overtime. Read more at Philly Sports Daily
Rangers coach John Tortorella will not be suspended, but he will be fined (the amount expected to be announced later today) for his comments about the officiating and an NBC conspiracy he made after the Winter Classic.
Tortorella spoke with NHL VP Colin Campbell about the comments, and told reporters today that he regretted the words he chose, and that he will personally apologize...
He got his money’s worth.
Rangers coach John Tortorella knew he messed up as soon as he said the words about the referees and NBC conspiring to try to get the Winter Classic to overtime (see post below for the money quote).
And whether he was being sarcastic (which I believe he was) or serious (doubt it very much), he will pay for it. Or Cablevision will pay for it. Somebody...
It won’t take a potential fine for Rangers coach John Tortorella to be sorry for his criticism of the referees following the team’s 3-2 Winter Classic win in Philadelphia on Monday.
Before taking any questions from reporters following the Rangers practice on Wednesday, Tortorella requested the chance to...
New York Rangers coach John Tortorella was fined $30,000 for his postgame comments about the officiating in Monday's Winter Classic.
Rangers coach John Tortorella was fined $30,000 by the NHL for critical comments of the league and the officials in New York's Winter Classic victory over Philadelphia.
Rangers Coach John Tortorella said his comments about referees after the Winter Classic were meant to be "tongue-in-cheek."
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Too bad HBO's "24/7" cameras were packed up. New York Rangers coach John Tortorella had one final Winter Classic sound bite in the aftermath of his critical postgame comments following an otherwise ideal showcase game:
In Elliotte Friedman's 30 Thoughts over at CBC Sports, he says that the reason Rangers players respond so well to John Tortorella is that he treats them all the same, no matter where they fit in the lineup. One Rangers player added that if you have a couple of bad shifts in a row, he makes it clear you may not get many more....we have seen this with benchings of Gaborik and Richards...
Rangers coach John Tortorella told reporters at the team's practice facility that he was sorry for calling the officiating in the Winter Classic "disgusting."
The New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins have only met once so far this season, in a game which the Rangers were able to defeat their division rivals, 4-3. The pregame scenario for this contest is not one we normally see when these two clubs clash. The Rangers are statistically the best team in the National Hockey League right now, while the Penguins are only sixth in the Eastern...
We’ll get to the pre-game notes a little later.
First a couple of things:
HBO’s final episode of “24/7” is tonight at 10 and again at 11. Here’s the complete schedule of broadcasts:
Episode #4 (Series Finale)
Debut: Thursday, Jan. 5 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Other HBO playdates:
Jan. 5 (11:00 p.m.)
Jan. 6 (9:30 a.m., 6:30 p.m., 11:45 p.m.)
Jan. 7 (10:00 a.m....