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Tortorella Establishes His Turf

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

For his next trick, Rangers’ head coach and travel director John Tortorella will have his players take rickshaws to Atlanta for tomorrow night’s match with the Thrashers.

It’s always about something else with Tortorella, always about establishing turf and about those meaningless catch phrases the coach likes to toss out there to distract attention from the issue at large, which happens to be that his team is largely unresponsive to him and his methods.

The particular catch phrase for yesterday was, “Limos flying in all over the place,” because Tortorella had taken it upon himself to become offended that prior regimes had permitted Rangers players to travel by car service to games in New Jersey.

As such, the Rangers were not permitted to travel across the Hudson on their own for last night’s match against the Devils. Instead, the Rangers took a team bus on Tuesday evening and spent the night in a Newark hotel.

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Rangers Need The Best From Their Best

from Jay Greenberg of the NY Post,

While more than 100 orga nized Glen Sather haters gathered on Seventh Avenue looked about ready to slit their wrists over the mediocre state of their team, John Tortorella tried to open a vein in the Rangers’ stone.

“Honestly, let’s call a spade a spade, our top guys were no-shows and it can’t happen at this time of year,” the coach said 20 hours off a 2-0 shutout defeat in Washington, four hours from a 2-1 home overtime loss to Buffalo.

“Listen, they are good people. Erik [Christensen] is put in a spot here he hasn’t been in a long time. He’s a No. 1 center right now, and he has to try to handle that responsibility. He has had some good games for us, but it can’t be the inconsistent roller coaster.

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Rangers Don’t Take Kindly To Crosby’s Act

from Jay Greenberg of the NY Post,

Henrik Lundqvist skated over to inform The Kid what he thought about such embellishment.

“I didn’t like the fact that he came over,” Crosby said. “I got a good cross-check in the ribs. It didn’t feel too good.

“The last thing I expected was him standing over me. I let him know how I felt. I was surprised and I didn’t like it.”

Crosby cross-checked a reply to Lundqvist, Brandon Dubinsky threw a punch at Crosby and the fans who booed him from the puck drop as usual didn’t exactly summon the Olympic spirit.

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How Should The Rangers Use Chris Drury?

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

When we last left the Rangers, Drury was bouncing from one line to another, one position to another, sometimes on the fourth line, sometimes on the first or second. The fourth line isn’t going to cut it the rest of the way for the rejuvenated Big Moment Kid (if that title’s not reserved for Sidney Crosby).

Tortorella needs to construct three units that he believes in and will use. The Rangers aren’t going to make it from here to there if the coach insists on doubling down on his first two lines the way he has all season.

And they’re not going to make it without production from Drury, whose success in the Olympics may not presage success down the stretch, but sure presents a more encouraging platform than the alternative.

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Auld Claimed By Rangers

via Darren Dreger Twitter, Alex Auld claimed by Rangers on re-entry

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How Souray Could Become A Ranger

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Rangers have been monitoring the situation in Edmonton with Sheldon Souray all year. Now that the veteran defenseman with the cannon from the power play point has included the Blueshirts on his list of teams for which he will waive his no-trade clause, Sather will be more than tempted—even with Souray likely to be sidelined until the third week of March with the broken hand he suffered in a Jan. 30 fight with Jarome Iginla.

But Souray’s contract carries a $5.4 million cap hit through 2011-12. The only way the Rangers would be able to get him would be by either including Michal Rozsival ($5 million cap hit through 2011-12) in the trade, or by sending No. 33 elsewhere in a separate deal without taking on much of a contract in return.

So, unless Sather is somehow able to pull off cap acrobatics of an unforeseen nature—or is willing to divest the Rangers of Wade Redden’s $6.5 million cap hit by waiving him to the minors, a move there is no indication the GM is considering—trade deadline changes are more likely to be made around the fringes, as they were last Friday when Jody Shelley replaced Donald Brashear on the roster.

more on the Rangers battle to make the playoffs…

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Rangers Come Together As A Team

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

There was Chris Drury getting up off the deck to drop his gloves with Matt Cooke, who had been standing over him like Ali over Liston in Lewiston, Maine, and Michal Rozsival was right there to protect his captain the way Marian Gaborik should have been protected, but wasn’t last month in Philadelphia.

But this was a different night and this was a different Rangers team. This was a team that battled throughout, even and especially after Michael Del Zotto was lost to a nasty skate wound above the ribs just 2:29 into the match and Gaborik was forced out following the first period after trying to play three days after suffering a skate gash in the right thigh.

“I loved seeing what Dru did,” Henrik Lundqvist said the Blueshirts’ 3-2 overtime victory over the Penguins on Olli Jokinen’s right wing wrist shot at 1:02. “We need that energy and edge to our game so that if something happens we don’t take a step back.

“I think everybody took charge and really focused on what they had to do. We’re not like [the Penguins], with so much talent. We’re a different team. We have to accept that. It’s important that the leaders lead the way, but at the same time we need everybody focused and locked in on doing what they do best.”

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Jody Shelley To The Rangers

via Darren Dreger tweet,

Jody Shelley to NYR for a draft

added 3:53pm, via Bob McKenzie tweet,

NYR gave up sixth rounder in 2011 for Shelley. Become a 5th rounder if NYR re-sign Shelley.

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Ex-Flames Notes

via Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

• Hockey Night in Canada executives spared Albertans from Toronto’s ongoing Dion Phaneuf love-in Saturday by showing the Flames-Lightning game here. However, the nationally-televised Toronto Maple Leafs-Ottawa Senators game featured close-ups of the word ‘work’ Phaneuf has started writing on the butt-end of his stick. The Air Canada Centre announcer also went out of his way several minutes after a Leafs goal to point out Phaneuf’s first-period assist “was his first as a Leaf,” prompting a roar from the crowd. Memo to Toronto: Calgary fell in love with Phaneuf at first, too.

• On behalf of the media, I apologize for “costing the Flames two points,” as Olli Jokinen suggested after he had to play one last uninspired game in Calgary despite word of his trade to the New York Rangers had been leaked before the game. OK, now it’s your turn, Olli, to apologize for all the points your disappointing play cost the club.

• Interesting footnote to the Phaneuf trade: New teammate Mike Komisarek is an ex-boyfriend of Dion’s girlfriend, Elisha Cuthbert.

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Rangers Screw Up

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

This one against the powerhouse Caps came on a night on which the Blueshirts actually scored five goals, four of them on the power play, and even led by 5-3 in the final minute of the second period before collapsing in a heap of penalties on their way to 6-5 doom.

“For sure this is very, very tough to take, but we screwed it up ourselves,” Marian Gaborik told The Post after the Blueshirts yielded three power-play goals while shorthanded nine times overall, including three times in the second period and five times in the third.

“We have to be disciplined; we can’t take that many penalties against anyone, certainly not against a team like that.

“It’s our own fault.”

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