John Tortorella does not want his players buying into Stanley Cup hype, at least not three months into the season since no team is the same in the spring as in January. The results so far suggest otherwise for a team with one Stanley Cup in more than 70 years.
John Tortorella called reporters' questions about whether the New York Rangers are ready to make a Stanley Cup run "a crock."
The Rangers coach might have downplayed the notion because he did not want his players getting overconfident, or possibly because of having won a Cup already, he knew that no team in January is the same in May or June.
But despite Tortorella diminishing his team's Cup preparedness, the Rangers are making a strong case on the ice to media and fans that they belong in the early conversation about teams with an opportunity to win a championship in 2012.
As if sitting atop the Eastern Conference standings were not enough, New York put itself into the national conscience with a 3-2 Winter Classic win ove...