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Per Dan Rosen of NHL.com, Rangers coach John Tortorella has clinched his spot to coach in the All Star Game. Tortorella clinched his spot with last night’s win over the Panthers, ensuring that the Rangers will have at least the second best record in the Eastern Conference. The best record may wind up belonging to the Boston Bruins, but Claude Julien is already pre-selected to coach because his Bruins won the Stanley Cup last year.
Essentially, the coaching staff is comprised of last year’s Cup winner (Julien and his staff), and the coach of the team with the best record in both conferences(either Julien or Tortorella from the East, and the coach from the West). Julien and his staff will have one team, Tortorella and the soon-to-be-determined Western Conference coach will lead the other team.
Tortorella is the first Ranger to be certain of an All Star Game appearance. It is likely that Henrik Lundqvist and Marian Gaborik will join him. Dan Girardi has an outside chance as well.
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Following Monday's Winter Classic Rangers coach John Tortorella's comments suggested that the league and officials were conspiring to get the game to overtime. On Wednesday, in his first public comments since the, Tortorella was singing a completely different tune via Blueshirts United.
"They were sarcastic comments by me at the wrong time, and it was
New York Rangers coach John Tortorella says it was just playful sarcasm in regards to his comments after the Winter Classic 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Those comments, more specifically, is when he eluded to the referees and NBC getting together to bring the game into overtime:
“I’m not sure if NBC got together with the refs to turn this into an overtime...
For starters, I do not think that New York Rangers’ head coach John Tortorella needed to apologize for the comments he made about the officiating after the 2012 Winter Classic in Monday evening.
The officiating was inconsistent and while it was obviously not “fixed” to go into overtime, the officials certainly tried to get it to that point. They either let of things go that...
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 ...
From Dan Rosen at NHL.com:
The Rangers’ overtime win Thursday was significant for more than just the fact that it preserved their lead in the Eastern Conference standings. John Tortorella also clinched a spot on one of the benches in the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game.
The coach of the team in each conference with the best points percentage through games played on Jan. 9...
… I honestly thought it would be a lot less, around $10k. I understand where the NHL is coming from but don’t agree with the amount.
Tom Schreier’s response to John Tortorella’s rant after the Winter Classic.
An apology didn't get John Tortorella off the hook. The NHL fined the Rangers coach for criticizing Winter Classic refs and suggesting, perhaps sarcastically, a conspiracy to force OT.
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...
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: An apology. Tortorella told reporters at the team's practice facility Wednesday that he was sorry for calling the officiating in the game "disgusting...
In ESPN.com's Trophy Tracker they feel that John Tortorella is the leading candidate for the Jack Adams Trophy (Coach of the Year)...1. John Tortorella, New York RangersNotwithstanding Tortorella's off-base suggestion that on-ice officials were conspiring against the New York Rangers in Monday's Winter Classic (which he subsequently apologized for), the heart-on-his-sleeve...
New York Rangers coach John Tortorella was fined $30,000 by the NHL for critical comments of the league and the officials after the Winter Classic victory against Philadelphia. Just hours after Tortorella publicly apologized for his remarks, the NHL came down hard on the combustible coach Wednesday night. ESPNNewYork.com and the NBC Sports Network first reported the amount of the fine.
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...