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Tortorella Takes Action

from the Twitter of Larry Brooks,

Redden Kotalik scratched

added 1:21pm, Tortorella post-game conference after the loss to the Islanders last night.

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It Is Tortorella Time

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Now is the time for Tortorella to personally embrace the “Safe is Death,” philosophy he espoused in Tampa and have the nerve to tell Glen Sather, his boss, that the millions he spent on Wade Redden and Michal Rozsival would have been better invested with Bernie Madoff.

Now is the time for the head coach to justify the badge on his chest by figuring out how to reduce Chris Drury’s minutes and responsibility without embarrassing the earnest but painfully ineffective captain, no easy task at all.

Tortorella was furious in the wake of last night’s no-show in which the Rangers were limited to two goals or fewer for the seventh straight time and 17th time in their last 21 games. They hadn’t sunk to such levels of impotence since December of 2002 when they also went seven in a row during some of the darkest days of the seven-year playoff drought that preceded the lockout.

In other words, these are the Bad Old Days.

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Rangers Talk About The Loss To The Islanders Tonight

Chris Drury, Henrik Lundqvist and Marc Staal of the NY Rangers react to the loss to the Islanders tonight.

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Blame Sather

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

...this mess is on the man at the top – president/GM Glen Sather – and the owner (James Dolan) who continues to support him.

Let me dust off and update the rap sheet on Sather: Since he took over as GM in June of 2000, the Rangers have won 14 playoff games – and no more than six in a single post-season.

But here’s the biggest indictment of his tenure: As a result of summer after summer of spending by Sather, the team’s prospects for future improvement have been severely hampered.

Redden’s $6.5 million salary and Rozsival’s $5 million annual stipend are painful enough, but Rangers fans are well aware their favorite franchise has roughly $10 million in cap space (and 16 players signed) entering next season and roughly $19 million in cap space (and eight players signed) for the 2011-12 campaign.

Sather won’t be able to foist one of his numerous overpayments on another GM in the next off-season the way he did with Bob Gainey last summer. He has damaged the Rangers short-term and long-term, nearly to the same degree Isiah Thomas did with the NBA’s Knicks.

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Wake-Up Rangers

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

Perhaps, before tonight’s home encounter with the Atlanta Thrashers at MSG, John Tortorella ought to hire a bugler and a drummer.

Prior to his club taking the ice, the drummer would knock off a rousing roll on his snare while the bugler would toot that wake-up call of all wake-up calls, “Reveille.”

It might help because (No News Department) this is no time for comedy. You can look it up; the Blueshirts now officially are in No-Ifs-Ands-Or-Buts Land.

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Rangers In A Fight To Make The Playoffs

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Henrik Lundqvist, who shares the distinction with Michal Rozsival of being the only two players who have been Rangers since the first training camp following the lockout, is under no illusions about what’s ahead in his fifth season on Broadway.

“I didn’t think we were going to be one of the top teams at the start because of all the new guys we brought in over the summer and the time it was going to take everyone to get used to a new system,” The King told The Post. “Now it looks like it’s going to be a year where it’s going to be a battle to make the playoffs.

“If you look at the standings you can see that there are a lot of teams in the middle. We’re one of them. We’re not up with Washington or Pittsburgh. We’re going to have a fight on our hands the whole year to make it.”

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The Rangers ‘Broken’ Roster

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Sather is responsible for a roster filled with players under contracts that are unmovable. Tortorella is fingered here not because of his uneven work behind the bench, but because of his hand in personnel decisions that seemed to be guided exclusively by his preference for speed and skill players at the expense of size and strength.

The Blueshirts can’t make a meaningful trade because they can’t afford to move the few assets other teams actually want. To wit: The Post has learned Sather recently offered young Hartford defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti to the Coyotes in exchange for young, talented and underachieving center Peter Mueller.

But Phoenix general manager Don Maloney, who had a hand in drafting Sanguinetti 21st overall in 2006 when serving as Sather’s assistant, didn’t bite. Maloney, we’re told, instead countered with a request for either Brandon Dubinsky or Ryan Callahan.

Of course he did. Of course the Rangers could not agree to the request. Of course no one wants anyone (or will return value) for anyone Sather is looking to deal.

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Goal Of The Night

Dustin Byfuglien with the OT goal last night.

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Rangers Lacking In Many Areas

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

If anyone is searching for a reason why the Rangers have the NHL’s 29th overall record since Oct. 17, their 2-1 overtime loss last night in which they were overwhelmed by the Blackhawks stands as Exhibit A.

Despite getting a point on the strength of Henrik Lundqvist’s brilliance—in the match in which Chicago not only had 41 shots to the Blueshirts’ 18, but an overwhelming 75-32 advantage in attempts—the Rangers lacked the size, strength, speed and commitment to handle one of the NHL’s most powerful teams.

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Wings Lose Even When They Win

via the Press Association at the Guardian,

The New York Rangers came from behind to defeat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 and complete a satisfying weekend’s work in the NHL. Brian Boyle put the Rangers ahead in the 16th minute of the contest but Pavel Datsyuk levelled the scores in the second period.

However, the home side finished strongest and after Dan Cleary had netted with 2min 3sec remaining, Kris Draper put the gloss on the victory with an empty-net goal seven seconds from the end.

Jimmy Howard excelled in the home net, stopping 28 shots – including a penalty save from Ryan Callahan in the second session which kept his team just a goal adrift.

The result enabled the Rangers to follow up Saturday’s defeat of the Buffalo Sabres in style, while Detroit’s disappointment continued – they had gone down 4-3 in a shoot-out to the New Jersey Devils the previous night.

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