Found September 17, 2013 on Kukla's Korner:
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post, You don’t have to squint all that hard to read between the lines of the “Clean Slate…Grab it” motto the Rangers are wearing on their sleeves — and their training camp T-shirts — in order to deduce this fresh start everyone, but everyone, apparently craves is as close to an organizational repudiation of the John Tortorella Era as anything you’re ever going to get. About the only way it would be more obvious is if the players had been issued licensed apparel bearing the phrase, “Ding Dong the Witch is dead.” Seriously, it’s as if the Rangers couldn’t wait to rinse the taste of the last four-plus seasons out of their mouths, even though the club achieved a reasonable measure of progress and success under Tortorella, who took the baton from Tom Renney and advanced it, though he, like every coach other than Mike Keenan over the last 73 years, fell short of the finish line. Tortorella wasn’t fired due to a lack of results. He was fired

Is Marek Hrivik the prospect most likely to make the team?

Marek Hrivik has an NHL-ready body The battle for forward positions has been the talk of training camp thus far, and several of New York’s youngsters have made strong cases to be on the opening night roster.  Chris Kreider, Oscar Lindberg, Jesper Fast, Danny Kristo and Marek Hrivik have all impressed, while 2011 first-round pick J.T. Miller hasn’t gotten the opportunity due...

McIlrath A Bust? Not So Fast!

Ah, the impatient and rarely satisfied New York Rangers fans. Despite the high degree of drafting success the Rangers have enjoyed under Player Personnel Director Gordie Clark and his staff, Blue Shirt backers still aren’t happy with the selection of Dylan McIlrath, selected 10th overall in 2010 and who has failed to make it to […]

John Tortorella Threatens to ‘Walk,’ After Cell Phone Goes Off, Tells Cameraman That’s ‘Major-League Fine’ (Video)

New city, same John Tortorella. The Canucks coach took the podium on Monday morning to discuss what he’s looking for out of his young players when they take on the Sharks in their preseason opener. It was a seemingly calm event, but the mood quickly changed when a cameraman’s cell phone started ringing during the middle of the coach’s media availability. “That’s gonna...

Devils drop Rangers in preseason opener

(Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images) The Rangers were in Newark tonight, and lost the preseason opener 2-1 that showcased some solid goaltending and some decent prospect play. This was likely the only preseason action for some forwards, but others earned more preseason time to see what they can bring to the lineup on a regular basis. We aren’t going to go into full goal breakdowns...

John Tortorella Lays Down Cellphone Rules For Vancouver’s Media

John Tortorella might have been introduced as the Vancouver Canucks head coach in June, but everyone knew the union wouldn’t feel complete until he had has first spat with the local media. Well everybody, that day has finally come. Around 12 seconds into the video you can faintly hear a phone going off as Torts discusses the upcoming preseason games. Upon hearing the sound he...

Hartford Wolfpack announce training camp roster

The Hartford Wolfpack have announced their training camp roster, with camp set to begin tomorrow (on-ice on Friday). There are currently 30 players (18 forwards, 9 defensemen, 3 goalies) in camp for the Pack, but that number will change as players get cut by the Rangers and cut by the Pack. The training camp roster as of today: Forwards: Sean Ambrosie, Scott Arnold, J.T. Barnett...

Possible 2nd/3rd line identified in Rangers preseason win over Flyers

Brassard played very well tonight. (Photo: Andrew Theodorakis / New York Daily News) The Rangers got their first win of the preseason tonight, besting the Flyers 3-2 in Philadelphia. Since there will be cuts announced relatively soon, this was likely the last time we will see a number of these guys this year (on Broadway at least). New York looked a lot better than they did in their...

Alain Vigneault Adjusts to Life in “la Grosse Pomme”

New Rangers Coach Alain Vigneault spoke to RDS' Stéphane Leroux about adjusting to life in New York City (roughly translated by yours truly): We're getting used to the big city. Before I had a five minute drive to work, maybe fifteen if I walked slowly. In New York, I'm 25 miles from our training site. But New's New York." Said the new Rangers...

Expect AV to bring in his type of players

Hedberg could have a shot at winning the backup role (Photo: AP) This past offseason Glen Sather kept this roster pretty much intact in hopes that Alain Vineault and his new coaching staff would be the difference makers to get this team over the hump. With that said, any time a team changes coaches there’s always going to be some roster turnover that follows. At this point we don’t...

Brassard helps Rangers top Flyers

Derick Brassard had a goal and an assist, and coach Alain Vigneault earned his first win with the Rangers as New York beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 Tuesday night in a preseason game. Brassard made it 1-0 with a shot that beat Steve Mason high 1:10 into the second period. Max Talbot tied it at 13:26 with a snap shot from the left wing that got past goalie Cam Talbot's glove...

Thoughts Of Hockey

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC, - I will be curious to see how hard Vancouver Canucks head coach John Tortorella pushes his best players in pre-season. Everybody knows the shot-blocking, grinding style he wants the Canucks to play. But will he wait to demand it at its hardest? Full-season, Olympics and, perhaps most importantly, a team with much harder travel than the Rangers...

Sunday Canucks training camp notes from The Province

Preseason starts tonight 2013 Canucks first round pick Bo Horvat made an impression on Sunday. “We want to play him with a little more speed and give a long evaluation in a lot of different situations and I thought that line played well,” said Tortorella. Canucks Scrimmage Notes...

A Torts-ture test: coach plans to ride top Canucks

There are things hockey players never say. “This Stanley Cup ring hurts my finger.” “It’s nice up here in the press box with the reporters.” “I hate all this free stuff.” “Do these hockey pants make my butt look big?” And of course: “Darn I wish the coach played me less.” No one in the National Hockey League has ever complained about too much ice time...
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