Blueshirts Blog (who is quickly becoming the best Rangers beat writer) has pretty much every quote from John Tortorella during his media session today. Here's some of it...
On Wade Redden: “We’re not going to single out Wade Redden as far as being isolated and say he’s going to Hartford, right now. I know Wade has read all that, and I’m sure it’s weighed on him a little bit. We need to let this play out. I know we’re over the cap, but a lot of different things can happen before the season starts. By no way are we singling Wade Redden out that ‘Oh, there’s cap problems? (Redden’s $6.5 million charge), go down to the minors!’ It could be other people going to Hartford. Wade gets beat up a little bit, and listen, he makes his own bed. Some of the stuff that comes his way is earned, some of it isn’t.”
...even if the Rangers are seriously going to give Redden a chance, I really don't see him stepping up and seizing the opportunity. At least I hope he doesn't.
On whether any positions in this year’s lineup are fixed, other than No. 1 goalie (Lundqvist) and top-scoring right wing (Marian Gaborik): “Frolov will play with Gaborik. I’m going to give him an opportunity there, see if we can get his confidence back, and he will start with Gaborik as we get the exhibition season going, and we’ll see where it goes from there. … I’m anxious to see whether we can get some chemistry between those guys."
...i'm still of the mindset that having Gabby and AFro (pronounced Ah Fro) makes more sense (spread out the offense), but I guess I can't complain about putting a 30-goal scorer on a line with a 40-goal scorer.
On Sean Avery: “When he was sat out against Atlanta, he came out and he had two really good weeks of hockey the way he has to play, and unfortunately he got hurt. So that’s the biggest key for Sean is consistency, and the level of his play. Then, things go from there. He was a very effective player after he was benched. I hope we don’t have to bench him or do anything to allow
that to happen again, but I believe Sean’s ready for camp and ready to go. … Everything about his game, away from the puck, finishing his checks, as he did for two weeks there, he drew penalties - he did a lot of good things there before he was hurt. Every time we talk about Sean, it’s about that trying to get under people’s skin. He’s a pretty good player, and he needs to play and be effective in all facets of his game."
...i'll always maintain that after Lundqvist and Gaborik, Avery is the most important player on the team. If he's not playing his game the Rangers seem like a different team. The only time I've ever seen the Ranger succeed without him was at the end of last season.
On having seen Evgeny Grachev, Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh in Traverse City: “They can push. I spent the whole time out there, I thought the kids played well. Grachev came on as the tournament went on, and Stepan, I thought, was the best player in the tournament - out of the teams I saw, I thought he was the best player. And McDonagh continues to impress. But again, we’re talking the Traverse City rookie camp, and now some big stuff happens, and the exhibition season and all that, and you’ve got to be really careful not to get too excited."
...love hearing that Torts thought Stepan was the best player at Traverse.
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