All the #NYR who made the road trip are on ice for practice in Winnipeg, including Arron Asham---first skate w/team in weeks— Jim Cerny (@JimCerny) March 13, 2013
Cerny adds that it was a very uptempo practice with a lot of whooping and hollering from Michael Del Zotto and Jim Schoenfeld. Also plenty of encouragement from Mike Sullivan.
...amazing how quickly injuries heal when your replacement has some success. Not convinced that Asham gets back into the line-up even if he's healthy. And Haley is the reason.
...with the light atmosphere at practice you have to wonder if Torts told the team to take a deep breath and start having fun. No Rangers team has been under this kind of pressure to win since 1992-93, so I suspect that these guys have been gripping their sticks a little tight this season. You can't be at your best unless you're relaxed and having fun, so hopefully that's the message being sent by Torts.
Some guy from the times who was at the press conference last night just destroyed torts..... He said how torts turns it on the players is a disgrace, and he should look in the mirror. He continued to say how Brian Boyle is on the team is terrible, is a big guy that does not know how to skate or play hockey. He also said for all the money the Rangers spent they are a one line hockey team. Last night he thought torts was a "moron" (his words) for playing his top dmen for 27 minutes. He went onto say that Torts blames it on the team, but that he should look in the mirror because he is the reason to blame.
I will try to find a link, I just saw it on tv. But I think the media is starting to get tired of John Tortorella, and honestly I agree with most of these points
@slapshot13j how many Cups did that reporter win? Yep, thought so. His opinion matters about as my as my dog's, although I'm guessing my dog watches more hockey.
@slapshot13j you have to take what someone in the press writes with a grain of salt. If the coach was all warm and fuzzy, they could be in last place and he would get great write ups. Reporters are people too.
@TheNYRBlog both of em are useless... altho Haley played well... I'd still trade both for a 3rd round pick that can play hockey
@mycullhershhh You need some sandpaper in the line-up so I'd like one of them to stay. Preferably Haley.
@TheNYRBlog isn't that what Callahan, Boyle, and Pyatt do? All over 50 hits. First 2 have over 80. I'd rather Boyle bump\/grind\/play hockey
@TheNYRBlog Haley looked pretty good last night. Do we really need Asham?
I don't agree with them being under pressure. That is because up until last night they had played a solid couple of games. The problem is that every other or every third game the rangers just do not bring their A game. And in the NHL if you don't bring your A game every night you are not going to win, which is something las year the Rangers were very good at. There are not many games left, and the Rangers have to start winning every night if they want to just make the playoffs. There are a lot of teams that are normally not in the hunt, but because of the short season find themselves in it. These teams, as there are less games left, get even more hungry. Perfect example of a team like that is Winnipeg who we play on Thursday, and same with the Islanders... Rangers have a lot of work to do just to make the playoffs...
@slapshot13j While it may not be the reason for the inconsistency, you can be assured that when you're a Stanley Cup favorite everyone feels the pressure. Including the fan base.
@KevinDeLury Okay maybe, but that is no excuse for these guys... they are making a lot of money and to not even show effort such as last night was a joke. At the end of the season if a team like Winnipeg is close to us for one of the last playoff spots, they are going to be very hungry to grab it.