The Rangers held practice on Saturday following back-to-back wins over the Florida Panthers and Pittsburgh Penguins and then took a day away from the game on Sunday. Before Sunday's rest, though, head coach John Tortorella took the time to discuss some pressing issues surrounding the Rangers right now, including the play of Derek Stepan, Marc Staal's progress and the team's need for rest.
Here's the video:
Interesting how Tortorella acknowledged that Derek Stepan's recent string of lackluster play is due to the fact that Derek knows he is not the fastest player out there and it has gotten to him mentally. He made a good point in that focusing on defense will help Stepan find his game again. That same approach has worked for Brandon Dubinsky and Brad Richards this season.
Also, Tortorella has went out of his way to give Henrik Lundqvist a ton of praise lately, hasn't he? I mean, it's all well deserved but to hear Tortorella go on and on about a player like that is unusual. I guess Lundqvist has just been that good.
Tortorella became very defensive when a reporter suggested the Rangers may feel as if they are rushing Marc Staal back. As we've discussed, the Rangers have taken things very slowly with Staal but he's made progress faster than they expected him to. Tortorella made that point very clear.
Defenseman Marc Staal knew he was up for a challenge when returning to the Rangers lineup for the first time since last April on Monday during the 2012 NHL Winter Classic in Philadelphia. As a professional hockey player, you can do everything in the world to get yourself mentally and physically prepared in practice and in the weight room, but nothing compares to the feel of a game...
With the halfway point of the season upon us (for the most part), and the Rangers in first place, it’s as good of a time as any to begin with the mid-point report cards. We are going to do these in a series of posts, with Chris covering the top six forwards, Suit covering the bottom six forwards, Justin covering the goalies, and myself covering the defense.
The Rangers have used...
In the below video Marc Staal discusses how he's feeling after his first three games back from post concussion syndrome. Henrik Lundqvist and Mike Rupp also discuss the team's current play...
Larry Brooks at the New York Post has more on Staal.Remember to follow me on Twitter & Facebook or e-mail me at email@example.com.
No, this isn’t a story on how or why the Rangers should win the Stanley Cup this year. Nor is it a piece on their current record, which just so happens to be the best in the league. This isn’t about any of that. This is about a team that has built itself into, not [...]
This past weekend, the CT Whale dropped both games of their home and home series against the Springfield Falcons.But to me the biggest story is that Sean Avery was a scratch in both games with what is being defined as an "illness."In Avery's first and only two games back with the Whale, he took penalties that directly led to opponent goals, one of which helped lose...
In a piece on the ten reasons the Rangers could win the Stanley Cup this season, Kevin Allen of USA Today says this about Rangers Captain Ryan Callahan...4. Renewable energy: Ryan Callahan doesn't have an enormous national profile, and yet he might be one of the league's best captains. He is an old-school leader who pushes his team to higher performance with his energy and...
Springfield Falcons 5, Connecticut Whale 4 (SO)
By Brian Ring
Hartford, CT, January 7, 2012 - The Connecticut Whale were defeated, 5-4, by the Springfield Falcons in a shootout before a crowd of 7,159 at the XL Center Saturday night in Hartford.
Matt Calvert had a goal and an assist for Springfield and then registered the shootout winner. Kris Newbury (2-1-3) and Jonathan Audy-Marchessault...
Blueshirts United spoke with Michael Del Zotto about the Rangers having a target on their back..."It's definitely different with every team coming in wanting to beat you," admitted Michael Del Zotto. "It's a different feeling from what we have been used to the last couple of years, squeaking into the playoffs. But it's a great feeling. It's just that...
The Rangers kick off a relatively rough four game stretch against the Coyotes on Tuesday. Following tonight's contest, the team faces Ottawa at home Thursday before heading on the road for back-to-back contests against Toronto and Montreal on Saturday and Sunday.
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Bergen Record - John Tortorella hits reset buttonNew York Post - Strong play signals Bickel sticking with RangersDaily News - Tortorella turns up heat on RangersWall Street Journal - How the Rangers Seized NHL PowerRemember to follow me on Twitter & Facebook or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hard to believe just about half a season has gone by.
Ya boys return from their little hiatus on a four-game winning streak, with wins in nine of the last 10 and still in first place in the Patrick Division, in the Eastern Conference and in the whole National freakin’ Hockey League.
Same lineup. That means Erik Christensen, Wojtek Wolski and Jeff Woywitka are all...
NHL realignment is not a “dead issue,” Rangers assistant team player representative Martin Biron said Saturday. The players simply didn’t have enough information to make their decision by the league’s Jan. 6 deadline. “Everybody’s saying that it’s been rejected,” Biron said at practice in Greenburgh Saturday
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