Found October 05, 2011 on Bleeding All Blue:
The question as to whom would be the left wing on the New York Rangers top line has been answered this morning as the team announced via their official twitter that coach John Tortorella Brandon Dubinsky will be the top line left wing whent he Rangers open Friday against Los Angeles.  From a talent standpoint this is an easy move for Tortorella to make, but still somewhat surprising due to the production of the Dubinsky, Anisimov, Callahan trio.  Torts recognizes the issue in talking about the move: "I understand it's robbing Peter to pay Paul because I really like Dubi with Cally and my mind I am trying to settle this" According to Dan Rosen at Dan Rosen at the other lines will be as follows: Fedotenko-Anisimov-CallahanWolski-Stepan-ZuccarelloRupp-Boyle-Prust/Christensen The third line is somewhat intriguing because Wolski appeared to be set for the top line assignment for much of camp until his groin issues.  However, putting him wi...

Tortorella Discusses Avery, Defense and Injuries

Head coach John Tortorella just met up with the media to talk about the recent waiving of forward Sean Avery, the state of the defense and to give updates on the club's injured players. As expected, he had some controversial and thought-provoking statements to make, so let's get to it. On Sean Avery: "I don’t want to jam up Sean here - I think we have better players...

Rangers move LW Dubinsky to No. 1 line

The New York Rangers elevated left wing Brandon Dubinsky to their No. 1 line. Dubinsky will skate alongside new acquisition Brad Richards and right wing when the Rangers open their season against the Los Angeles Kings on Friday in Sweden. Dubinsky signed a four-year contract worth $16.8 million after posting career highs in both goals (24) and assists (30) while playing 77 games last season.

Brandon Dubinsky To The First Line; McDonagh To Pair With Girardi

  Torts says Brandon Dubinsky will start on left wing with Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik on Friday “start game this way, see where it goes”Wed Oct 05 11:34:19 via TweetDeckJim Cerny JimCerny   …crazy times in Ranger Land that’s for sure.  Hate to see the Pack Line break up but I do like the [...]

Dubinsky Closing in on First Line Spot with Richards and Gaborik

John Tortorella has tried multiple players for the left wing spot on the first line with Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik since the team traveled to Europe. We've seen Wojtek Wolski, Brian Boyle and Ruslan Fedotenko all get looks with the team's "dynamic duo". Most recently, though, we saw Brandon Dubinsky skate on that line in Monday's preseason loss to EV...

Tortorella Quote: We Have Better Players Than Sean Avery

“We think we have a better team, and think we have better players than Sean Avery. Our depth put Sean in this spot.” - John Tortorella on Sean Avery … the fact that people are blaming John Tortorella for Sean Avery being waived is still absurd. He is a professional coach and it’s his job to [...]

Rangers Start Season in Early Hole Without Marc Staal

Head coach John Tortorella officially announced yesterday that defenseman Marc Staal would not be joining the team in Stockholm, Sweden this Friday for their season opener against the Los Angeles Kings in addition to Saturday's date with the Anaheim Ducks. Staal has been suffering from post-concussion symptoms since the summer now and although he's been skating with the Connecticut...

Marc Staal Will Miss Rangers Regular Season Games In Europe

For anyone holding out hope that Marc Staal would somehow make it into the New York Rangers lineup for the beginning of the regular season, coach John Tortorella put an end to that by telling the media after the game that Staal is not going to Europe.   Tortorella added that Staal will not be placed on IR, which is somewhat confusing because after the games this weekend the Rangers...

The Ranger Conspiracy Theories NOT

It is almost fitting that even Sean Avery's departure from the New York Rangers is fueling conspiracy theories as the never ending drama known as Sean Avery has to have one last act. The Avery defenders are blaming John Tortorella claiming that the coach is finally getting his way by getting rid of a player the coach hates. There is only one tiny problem with this "...

It Was In the Cards

Unfortunately, that is all that can be said when it comes to waived New York Rangers’ forward Sean Avery, who was waived by the team. The writing has been on the wall for awhile when it comes to Avery. It is/was apparent that head coach John Tortorella and the Rangers’ pest did not get along. Last season, Avery found himself scratched several times and that was also the case...

Sean Avery no longer in fashion for Rangers, placed on waivers

Does John Tortorella not have HBO? How could the New York Rangers coach potentially deprive us of Sean Avery, uncensored on "24/7 Road To the NHL Winter Classic" by cutting the uber-pest in favor of Erik Christensen at forward? The anything-goes chirping, the fashion reviews, the parties with Catherine Keener and an Olson twin … sorry, but you simply don't get that...

Sean Avery or Erik Christensen: The 13th Forward Battle

John Tortorella recently revealed that the thirteenth/extra forward roster spot will go to either Sean Avery or Erik Christensen by the time the Rangers make their final cuts to get down to a 23-man roster. Originally, I thought Mats Zuccarello, Sean Avery, Erik Christensen and possibly even Wojtek Wolski would all be battling for the [...]

Sean Avery’s Waiving Could Have Been Avoided

I can’t imagine anyone is surprised Sean Avery was waived yesterday. Avery has lived in coach John Tortorella’s bad graces since before Tortorella coached the Rangers. It’s vaguely sad, though, since there are things Avery and Tortorella could have done to make the relationship work. I hardly consider myself an Avery fan, but he’s an interesting character who makes the...

Rangers preview Part III: A season of obstacles and challenges

Renovation. Transportation. Visitation. Commercialization. ... Ball of Confusion. That’s what the Rangers’ season is destined to be. (Apologies to the Temptations). The 2011-12 season is going to be a challenge, for sure, for a Rangers team looking to jump out of that perennial 7-8-9 seed dogfight in the East, a fight that had them eliminated in a shootout after their final...

Sean Avery likely headed to waivers

"I think we have better players than Sean Avery - plain and simple," Rangers coach John Tortorella said today. "I can dodge it 10 different ways without trying to run Sean over. I thought he had a good camp."

Rangers-Kings Preview

If the Los Angeles Kings think Henrik Lundqvist will be off his game at home in Sweden when the New York Rangers begin the NHL season, they could be sorely mistaken. Just ask Rangers coach John Tortorella, who watched his star goalie practice Thursday, one day before the regular-season opener against the Kings. ''He didn't give in on one shot,'' Tortorella said...
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