In Part I of an exclusive interview with Stan Fischler over at MSG.com, John Tortorella talks about Sean Avery's lack of consistency last year...
"After I benched him against the Thrashers, he played his best hockey but I don't know why it came down to that. Despite what some have said, I put no handcuffs on him. I want Sean to show his personality. Last year I gave him a lot of opportunities and now that I think about it, I may have left him in too long. The bottom line is that if he's not involved, he won't play."
...i'm not so sure I believe Tortorella here. What other reason could it be that Avery all of a sudden after two great years under Renney suddenly doesn't play his game under Torts. Especially after what happened duing the Caps series back in 2009.
During the interview Torts also says that Brandon Dubinsky will be playing wing this season and that he hopes Artem Anisimov will be able to move up in the lineup.
Regarding the goaltending situation, Torts says he hopes that Biron will play between 17 and 20 games next season.
...i'd like to see Biron get closer to 25 games, but that's just me.
And finally here's Torts on why Rangers fans should be optimistic about the future of the Rangers organization...
"I feel good about what we did so far this Summer," he shot back. "We didn't deal any of our kids and the foundation for the team is in place. We have to build a club without relying totally on free agency.
"We want to keep our youthful core and keep adding to it."
Part II of the interview will be posted tomorrow.
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