“Oh, I had a huge smile on my face, no question about it,” ex-Ranger Sean Avery told the New York Post on Thursday. “It’s not that I’m happy for myself. I’m happy for the Rangers and Ranger fans.”
His coaching resume lacks the polish of Vigneault and Ruff, but he speaks the players’ language, and maybe that’s exactly what the Rangers need after Tortorella squeezed the confidence out of this team.
Sather and the Rangers need a new philosophy and a new leader. Tortorella’s hard-edged discipline serves a purpose, but it’s not going to bring the Rangers a championship.
Brad Richards has become a helpless passenger on the Rangers’ road to ruin, and he only has himself to blame for his undesirable situation.
“We’ll meet (Wednesday), practice, and we’re going to try to win a game,” Tortorella said. “That’s all you can do. Down 3-0, it’s a very tough situation, but I have full faith in our athletes. They will be ready to play another game.”
There will be professional hockey at Yankee Stadium in 2014. Two games will be played in the Bronx next season as part of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, the NHL announced on Wednesday.
“I don’t know whether the refs were predisposed against us or the league,” Ovechkin said. “But to not give obvious penalties (to the Rangers), while for us any little thing was immediately penalized…”
Callahan always seems to be the man who thrives in moments when the pressure is cranked to the highest. It’s not a coincidence if you perform under pressure time and time again.
Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather is expected to undergo surgery for prostate cancer on Thursday, according to a report.
The 28-year-old has missed the last three games (all of which were Rangers losses), and he’s expected to miss his fourth consecutive game on Tuesday night when New York hosts Winnipeg.
The Blueshirts have assigned rookie winger Chris Kreider to the Connecticut Whale, the Rangers announced on Friday.
“I think we have the team to do it,” goaltender Henrik Lundqvist said. “…We look at the guys in the room, (and) they’re great hockey players. But it’s about executing and (seeing) if we can do it.”
Following the Rangers’ highly successful — yet highly disappointing — 2011-12 campaign, the Blueshirts will have their work cut out for them at the start of the 2012-2013 season. It won’t be easy by any stretch of the imagination.
Henrik Lundqvist, the Rangers’ superstar goaltender, has been named a finalist for this season’s Vezina Trophy, which is awarded to the league’s best goalie of the year.