"That's up to you guys," Tortorella told the New York media. "You guys are the ones who plant the expectations. I'm not a forecaster. I'm not a big guy to talk about expectations. I just want us to grow in all areas. I think we're in a different level of the process. We've kept our kids. (President and general manager) Glen (Sather) has done a great job keeping our nucleus and our core. I think they've grown. I think they need to continue to grow."
Torts on being better than the last two years...
"We're going to have to be better in all areas if we want to get out of that seventh, eighth, ninth (place) fight that we're in every year. Whether that's expectations, I'm just being honest. That's where we are in our process of trying to get there, into another spot."
...unfortunately, even with the aquisitions of Richards and Rupp along with a rejuvenated Gaborik, I still see this team fighting for a playoff spot because the rest of the East has gotten better.
...the only two teams ahead of the Rangers I see slipping a bit this year are the Flyers and Lightning. However, a couple of teams who finished out of the playoffs last year have gotten better including the Devils and Panthers.