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Report: Rangers extend Tortorella's contract

Posted on: April 24, 2011 2:50 pm
Edited on: April 24, 2011 5:14 pm
 
Torts’ stay in the Big Apple wasn’t halted when the New York Rangers were eliminated from the playoffs by the Washington Capitals on Saturday. 

The New York Post ’s Larry Brooks reports today that Rangers coach John Tortorella’s contract has been extended, likely through the next three seasons. Tortorella -- who was hired midway through the 2008-09 campaign -- orginal contract was  to expire after this season. 

Here’s more from Brooks’ report:

Two years ago it was a seven-game series, the Rangers blowing a 3-1 series lead. This time, it ended in a tidy five games, elimination coming yesterday with a 3-1 defeat in which the Rangers scored their lone goal — and just their eighth goal of the series — with 31.5 seconds to play.

“I don’t think our team is fully built yet, and I’ll be honest, we’re not there as far as talent,” Tortorella said minutes after the season came to an end. “You look at where this Washington team was, and [how they added] draft picks. “We’re still in a process, trying to get better,” he added. “There are areas with our team where we need to be better. But we’ll continue to build and continue to find our way.”


-- A.J. Perez
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Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: April 26, 2011 1:33 pm
 

Report: Rangers extend Tortorella's contract

Listen to Tortorella's comments closely. He pretty much said the Rangers don't have the talent at this point to complete against the better teams.  They have no puck moving defenseman on their roster, only one legit scoring threat (Gaborik) and a nice 2nd line with Callahan, Anisomov and Dubinsky.
You make it sound as if he said something no one else knows... crap, the secrets out now!
The fact that N.Y. was relying on a 4th line of Boyle, Prust, and Avery to get things going against the Caps says it all. 
In the playoffs, those types of lines are usually the ones that win games. The two biggest goals of this series were scored by Chimera, who is a career 4th liner, so the statement is pointless.  That line was the best line because it was the most physical.

You should be happy the Rangers picked up a game on the Caps.
I am really happy they got a win. The Caps should be elated that they got two OT goals handed to them on silver platters by the rangers, or you could be singing a very different song, because the more talented team got out worked and out hit for 4 games.
 If the Rangers trade Gaborik, then they'll need two star forwards instead of one. 
What good is a star forward who chokes or is injured when you need him the most. He was terrible in this series and down the stretch when they were fighting to just get in.

Torts is the right guy for the job. Once Drury is gone and he can bring in the right pieces, this team will be a top team in the east.



Since: Mar 25, 2008
Posted on: April 25, 2011 4:19 pm
 

Report: Rangers extend Tortorella's contract

Listen to Tortorella's comments closely.  He pretty much said the Rangers don't have the talent at this point to complete against the better teams.  They have no puck moving defenseman on their roster, only one legit scoring threat (Gaborik) and a nice 2nd line with Callahan, Anisomov and Dubinsky.  The fact that N.Y. was relying on a 4th line of Boyle, Prust, and Avery to get things going against the Caps says it all.  They are at least one star forward and a couple of good defenseman away from being able to compete against the big boys in the East like the Caps, Philly, Boston, and Pittsburgh.  They also need to get Drury and his big contract off the roster as he's been done for at least two years.  If the Rangers trade Gaborik, then they'll need two star forwards instead of one.  You should be happy the Rangers picked up a game on the Caps.



Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: April 24, 2011 11:28 pm
 

Report: Rangers extend Tortorella's contract

Anyone who questions tortorella forgets he is one of the last 6 coaches to win a cup. He inherited salary problems with this team that he still has to live with every game (Drury). Say what you want about the man and his tactics, he tries whatever it takes to win. I like his coaching style and I like his system. They were simply outmatched talent wise, but battled hard against the caps and left it all out there. Good times are coming.




Since: Apr 24, 2011
Posted on: April 24, 2011 11:26 pm
 

Report: Rangers extend Tortorella's contract

i signed up for this stupid thing just to reply to some of the idiotic comments on here...

 

 

first off its funny to see all the devils/islander fans come out of no where after the game 4 loss... both teams at one point of the season were the two worst teams in the nhl and to rip the rangers will your teams are on the golf course is plain silly.

 

to the devil fan talking about the rangers overpaying players, yea sather is clueless on the value of some guys (boogard) but at least the rangers were able to dress 4 lines, 6 defenseman, and 2 goalies unlike your team thanks to kovys contract.

 


the rangers believe it or not are not far away from being serious contenders... brad richards is a must for the rangers to make noise next year and hope that him and gaborik gel. would like to see kreider jump up but is probably a year away. in the mean time i would like to see prospal and fedotenko back but on the cheap short term contracts. as for drury he cannot simply be "reddened" as somebody called it because he has a no movement clause on his contract. so hartford is out of the question. i wouldn't mind keeping him for one more year as a fourth liner but a buyout wouldn't surprise me. the only downside is that drury would be dead money for the next two seasons if he's bought out. sign callahan at 3.5m, dubi at 2.5m, boyle, anisimov, and sauer at 1 to 1.5m per. im hopeful that the rangers can work out a 3-4 yr deal with brad richards at around 15-20 mil. keeping the number at or below 7 is ideal. remember his contract was signed pre lockout so he has to know that he won't be making that 7.8 million next year and hopefully its a cap friendly front loaded contract.

 


the rangers are pretty much set on the backline... staal, girardi, mcd and sauer are great 1-4 dmen. mccabe is goner. if del zotto can round into his rookie form and improve the rangers have their pp quarterback and puck moving dman with speed that they need. gilroy is probably gone although he may have bought him self more time with the rangers because he was a rare bright spot for the rangers in the playoffs. eminger is not the answer either on d. look for the rangers to sign a couple dmen to compete for the 6-7 defense job.

 


the future is bright for the rangers 2-4 years down the road... if the junior kids all pan out in kreider, bourque, hagelin, grachev this is going to be a very very good team





Since: Mar 25, 2008
Posted on: April 24, 2011 9:55 pm
 

Report: Rangers extend Tortorella's contract

Rangers are not a great team.  Heck, they're barely a "good" team.  They failed to show up in the playoffs.  It will be another billion years before they win another cup.



Since: Mar 30, 2008
Posted on: April 24, 2011 7:36 pm
 

Report: Rangers extend Tortorella's contract

Hey how was that round of golf last week?



Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: April 24, 2011 6:22 pm
 

Report:Ranger$ to buy an other teams Captain

Since Drury and Gaborik aren't enough.  Look for the Buy Zach Parise.  And again we will go back to nobody EVER talking about hockey in NY--EVER....until the Ranger$ make the playoffs-- then everyone is a "Die Hard Ranger FAN" who even "went to the parade in 94.".  Laughable.  Rangers continue to suck....Any team who gets GIDDY when they MAKE THE PLAYOFFS, should be ashamed of themselves. IMHO.



Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: April 24, 2011 5:34 pm
 

Report: Rangers extend Tortorella's contract

Candy Jeff maybe you should stick to watching the Mets because you are clueless about hockey. 

No one in the minor league system?  In case you haven't noticed thats because they brought up all their future young stars.  McDonagh is an amazing skater and top 2 type talent.  Sauer is a solid top 4 D-Man.  Check thier +/-. Stepan is a future 35 goal scorer.  Anisimov looked great on a solid 2nd line with Cally and Dubes.  Dylan McIIrath will be a beast.  Bourque and Kreider have very solid potential.

Staal and Girardi as #3 and # 4 defensemen?  Again, you're proving to have no knowledge about hockey.  The only time Staal was beaten was when he was exhausted from being on the ice for 25+ minutes(which he had to be because McCabe was BRUTAL).  Girardi is the best shot blocker in the league and always in terrific position.  They are as good a pair of DEFENSIVE D-men as anyone in the league.  Yes the Rangers need a puck carrying offensive Defensemen.  No doubt about that.

No cap room?  Drury could easily be Redden'd.  Frolov, Prospal, Fedotenko, McCabe all come off.  Gaborik either shows he's fully recovered from his 15 nagging injuries or he's a tradeable asset. 

The Rangers have the best goalie in the world, and the perfect complimentary pieces.  They are one top forward and one offensive defensemen away.  Hopefully they aren't stupid enough to break the bank on overrated Brad Richards.  Spezza?  Iginla?  Try to steal Parise?



Since: Oct 25, 2008
Posted on: April 24, 2011 5:31 pm
 

Report: Rangers extend Tortorella's contract

First off, if you didn't listen to what Islanders fans say about the Rangers, you would have a much better idea about what the Rangers do have.  Take a look at the statistics and let's see what the Rangers have going for them.Dubinsky- 77gp 24G 30A 54P -3    24 years old and and will only get betterGaborik- 62GP 22G 26A 48P +8     29 years old and averaged .77 points a game this year, in an off year by his standards, he will reboundCallahan 60GP 23G 25A 48P -7     26 years old and without the injuries, he would have had a carrer seasonStepan- 82GP 21G 24A 45P +8      20 year old rookie who showed he can play in the NHL and was mentioned as a RoY candidate during the yearAnisimov- 82GP 18G 26A 44P +3    22 years old and his first year not playing 4th line minutes.  He will turn into a good second line player

That takes care of some positives on this season, Boyle's 21 goals were great for playing on the 4th line most of the year as well.
Defensively, Mcdonaugh was a force in the half of season he played, once he gets a full season in him, he will become the player he will turn into a good second pair dman.  Michael Sauer, perhaps the best Ranger this season not named Henrik Lundqvist or Ryan Callahan, he was a plus 20...best on the team in this category and showed he has the ability to be a second pair dman.  Staal and Girardi were certainly overused, no denying that but they are both great players and with some more help(not big name free agents, but maybe a second pair guy, and maybe giving Gilroy or Eminger a shot next year) they will get less ice time and that will help with the stupid passes they made throughout the year.
Goaltending, other than not being able to catch the puck like an elite goalie, Hank is a star in this league.
Prospects, you already mentioned Krieder so I will save my breath on him.  Christian Thomas, in 66 games with the Oshawa Generals scored 54 goals and recorded 45 assists for 99 points.  39 of the points he scored were on the powerplay...I think he will be a star in this league, very similar to Martin St. Louis.Carl Hagelin, the Michigan center was 14th in the nation in points scored with 48.  He had 17 goals and 31 assists and was 20 points ahead of every other player on his team.  He was voted MVP of the team by his teamates.Roman Horak of the WHL was second on his team with 78 points in 64 games.  42 of those points came on the powerplay, something the Rangers badly need to improve on.
Now you are informed, but this is just a few prospects in the organization who have been playing well.  


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