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Tortorella Sends Out Notices

from Dan Martin of the NY Post, J

ohn Tortorella benched a pair of Rangers veterans last night, and don’t expect them to be the last moves he makes. Today, the coach blasted the “entitlement” that surrounded the team.

“There’s gonna be no entitlement around here,” Tortorella said. “And I think that’s what kind of stinks… around here.”

He put just about everyone on notice, especially “underachieving veterans.”

“To me it just doesn’t matter how long you’ve played, how much money you make, what draft pick you were,” Tortorella said after a short practice. “We need to shift a little bit and we’re going to.”

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The Tortorella Video Soundboard

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Redden Shows Passion Off The Ice

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Redden, utterly devoid of passion through the first 109 games of his Ranger career, finally showed some emotion upon hearing the news oh boy about the scratch by confronting and shouting at Tortorella in the visiting coach’s office prior to the morning skate.

Later, the defenseman who represented himself as worthy of a $39M investment over six years upon reaching free agency on July 1, 2008, complained to the press that he was being “singled out” and being made an “example.”

How absurd. How outrageous. But how typical. Though, in a sense, Redden was correct. He is an example ... of what happens when players are not held accountable. Management shares the responsibility for Redden’s sense of entitlement.

more on the Rangers

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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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