by Patrick Hoffman on 10/21/10 at 11:37 AM ET
According to New York Rangers’ beat writer Jesse Spector of the Daily News, it appears that team general manager Glen Sather and team head coach John Tortorella have a difference of opinion when it comes to the roster.
This is not hard to believe given that this is Sather we are talking about. He has not changed much when it comes to the way he has gone about business and building a hockey team. While it’s hard to understand, you cannot fault him for being that way.
However, the team head coach should be able to have control of who he puts on the ice, considering he is the closest to the action game in and game out.
The Rangers (1-2-1) face the Maple Leafs Thursday night in Toronto with no reinforcements from Hartford of the AHL to fill in for Chris Drury and Marian Gaborik, who were injured in the Rangers’ overtime loss to the Leafs on Friday at the Garden.
“It’s not my call,” Tortorella said after the Rangers lost to Colorado on Monday at the Garden. “I haven’t even talked to Glen about that. We’re going to have to reassess it. We’ll reassess it and see where we go.”
Given these comments, it appears that Torts actually has the right vision of what he wants for this hockey club and that’s looking within to find guys to step up, even if it means calling up someone from the Hartrod Wolf Pack.
With that said, however, it appears that he is being met with some resistance from head honcho Sather.
Also in Hartford is Tim Kennedy, who was sent down when Drury returned from injured reserve before getting hurt in his first game back. Kennedy likely would not make it through re-entry waivers should the Rangers try to recall him, and his demotion was another move that Tortorella distanced himself from.
“It’s really not my decision,” the coach said last week. “We had discussions. I gave (Sather) my thoughts, and this is where we felt we wanted to go.”
It’s unfortunate that Torts does not have the guys he really wants to have out on the ice considering the injuries that have hit this hockey club. He knows that they are in a tough position and that they need all the bodies, whether young or old, to try and get the job done.
The team will go at it tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the ACC. The Leafs beat the Blueshirts last Friday night 4-3 in overtime at Madison Square Garden so the Rangers will hopefully come out with a 60-minute effort rather than a 20-minute effort.
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