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James Dolan: Rangers Closing In On Stanley Cup

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John Tortorella (credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images), James Dolan (credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

John Tortorella (credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images), James Dolan (credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Rangers owner James Dolan is ready to party like it’s 1994.

Dolan made a rare appearance after New York’s 3-0 win over the Nashville Predators to say what’s been on his mind for a while: the Rangers are Stanley Cup title material.

“I’m very proud of the organization,” Dolan told the stunned media contingent. “I’m particularly proud of Mr. Sather because all the way back to 2004 when things weren’t going so well and we had a lot of free agents here and we decided to basically re-do the strategy, Glen and I made a pact.

“I gave him something, which I won’t reveal today, but I gave him something to seal the pact. I said ‘You can’t give it back to me until we win the Stanley Cup.’ And I think we’re pretty close to getting that thing back.”

Although Rangers coach John Tortorella was laughing, he clearly didn’t want to discuss Dolan’s comments. He quickly debunked the notion that the Rangers were closing in on their first championship since 1994.

“Thanks a lot, Mr. Dolan,” Tortorella said. “We just have to go about our business. I have my owner up here talking about a Stanley Cup. That’s a bunch of (B.S.). We need to take one day at a time.”

The Rangers had lost two of three entering Tuesday’s game following a five-game winning streak, and still haven’t quite broken out of a scoring slump. New York has averaged about two goals in 12 games since Christmas.

Do you agree with Dolan, or did he just jinx the Rangers? Sound off below…

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