In part II of his interview with Stan Fischler over at MSG.com, John Tortorella had this to say about Wade Redden...
"For starters," said Tortorella in our interview, "Wade is a great and proud guy. But I don't think he played well last year and I told him so. I also told him that if he expects to be in the top six of the defensemen, he's got to beat out people."
...it sounds like the Rangers are going to give Redden one last chance to prove himself in camp. Which I've said all along.
...not sure what the Rangers are going to do cap wise if Redden is able to beat guys out or god forbid Staal isn't signed by opening night.
Torts also says he wishes he was able get Michael Del Zotto more rest last season (that's what you get for not having a 7th defenseman all season) and Chris Drury is going to get a chance to redeem himself offensively this season.
Torts added this on prospects Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh...
"We have to keep adding to our (young) core," Torts pointed out. "That's our philosophy and (forward) Stepan showed during our camp in June that he has the kind of offensive instincts we can use. He'll get a long opportunity at center.
"As for (defenseman) McDonagh, I'm glad he got into the pro game right away. Since our blue line is in a state of flux (much depends on Marc Staal's contract situation) we'll give Ryan a long look."
...i think McDonagh has a much better chance of making the team out of camp strickly because of numbers.
The Rangers coach also gives us his thoughts on Staal, Dan Girardi, Matt Gilroy and Todd White.
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