Originally posted on NY Rangers Blog  |  Last updated 8/8/12
In an exclusive interview with Stan Fischler at MSG.com, John Tortorella discussed the lessons his Rangers players should learn from the devastating Eastern Conference Finals loss to the Devils last season..."Going into training camp I want the players to realize how close they came. But sometimes you have to get kicked in the teeth before you make it to the top."...every great team has to taste heartbreak in order to learn how to win. I hate to use the Devils as an example, but look what happened after the demoralizing Game 7 loss to the Rangers in 1994.Tortorella also touched on losing the hard working Brandon Prust..."To a certain extent I didn't want to lose Pruster; he played hard for us. But what happens is that when a club is successful other teams go after the guys who made that team a winner."...no choice with Prust. Montreal way overpaid for him. I love Prust but he's not worth $2.5 million per year....i also feel Sather adequately filled his role with the Asham, Haley, Py...
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