Viagra stories Well those grinches at Outdoor Life Network, viagra stories er Versus, viagra stories um NBC Sports Network (or whatever they are calling themselves today) cost Ranger fans a chance to relive the movie “Groundhog Day”. Viagra stories No, viagra stories Glen Sather did not make an appearance (which would be a sure sign of the Apocalypse). Viagra stories Instead, viagra stories it was Rangers owner James Dolan appearing at the post-game press conference (which was not covered by MSG so that we could watch Boomer & Carton in 60 – oh boy) meaning there are six more weeks left in the Knicks season ?

Viagra stories With the Knicks floundering after spending beaucoup bucks in free agency and trades (sound familiar), viagra stories Dolan spoke with the media for the first time since the 2005-2006 season – according to both Andrew Gross of The Record and Steve Zipay of Newsday.

Viagra stories As I am sure everyone has heard, viagra stories Dolan was praising the job Sather has been doing since redoing his strategy in 2004. Viagra stories Jimmy should probably have mentioned something about the Lockout and the Salary Cap in the next breath, viagra stories but why ruin a good story.

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Viagra stories You have to love the coach for having the cojones for calling out his owner. Viagra stories Then again, viagra stories having the best record in hockey tends to give you a bit of leeway with your boss.

Viagra stories Tortorella has taken a lot of heat during his tenure with the Rangers and some of it has been deserved. Viagra stories Despite his “safe is death” mantra at the start of second go-round with the Rangers (remember he had a four-game stint at the end of the 1999-200 season), viagra stories the Blueshirts have not been an offensive juggernaut mainly due to their woefully inconsistent power play.

Viagra stories Whether it is stubbornness on his part in terms of systems or player selection, viagra stories Torts has not been able to bring any consistency to that part of the team’s game.
Some fans roll their eyes whenever Tortorella starts running out different line combinations – even though every coach in the NHL does it. Viagra stories Those fans see the Rangers struggles as a result of his line juggling , viagra stories rather than his reacting to the team’s offensive (and defensive) struggles.

Viagra stories You could even get on him for his “treatment” of Sean Avery if you are so inclined. Viagra stories

Viagra stories The one thing that you cannot complain about is the one thing that has the Rangers in the position they are in. Viagra stories He holds his players accountable for their actions.
About a week ago Tortorella sent his team back into their locker room after the team’s sluggish start to a practice following a day and half off.
Michael Rupp, viagra stories who has been around the block a few times, viagra stories addressed the coach’s style in an interview with the Blueshirts United web site.

Viagra stories “That’s Torts through and through, viagra stories I think, viagra stories” Rupp offered. Viagra stories “You have guys who have strong games, viagra stories and they have one shift of not being good and it’s addressed. Viagra stories I think that’s important. Viagra stories There’s too many times I played on teams where a guy is in a position on a team or has a niche and is told to just go with it. Viagra stories Maybe over a course of 20 games he’ll be good for us. Viagra stories Well that’s not good enough, viagra stories and here it’s not like that. Viagra stories So if it’s kicking us off the ice for a minute or sitting one of our top guys for a couple of shifts, viagra stories everyone is accountable and we understand you have to bring it every time you step on the ice.”

Viagra stories That belief is not one that is held by Rupp alone. Viagra stories Six days prior to Torts pulling his team of the ice, viagra stories CBC’s Elliotte Friedman touched on a similar belief.

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Viagra stories While speaking to The Record’s Gross about the practice incident, viagra stories Tortorella provided insight into why the coach was quick to dismiss Dolan’s talk about the Stanley Cup.

Viagra stories In speaking about his team leaders and the trust he has in them Tortorella stated, viagra stories “It has to be sustained in the room. Viagra stories I trust this group. Viagra stories I just don’t want it to slip. Viagra stories We have so much more work to do with this club. Viagra stories I just don’t want to get ahead of ourselves. Viagra stories We’re heading down the right road. Viagra stories I want to make sure we keep heading down the right road and not detour.”

Viagra stories Things are going well, viagra stories for now, viagra stories and the future is looking promising. Viagra stories Both Michael Sauer and Steve Eminger have resumed skating with the team, viagra stories albeit both are wearing non-contact jerseys. Viagra stories When both are healthy and cleared for game action, viagra stories it is going to put the coaching staff in a tough, viagra stories but desirable, viagra stories position of having to decide who plays, viagra stories who sits and who ends up in the AHL.

Viagra stories This forthcoming depth on defense will put the Rangers in a position to strengthen their depth at forward. Viagra stories While a top-six scoring winger would be a great addition, viagra stories it will come at heavy price in terms or prospects, viagra stories draft picks and future salary cap space.

Viagra stories The Rangers need to tread lightly come the trade deadline. Viagra stories On the plus side, viagra stories they do have the option of jettisoning Wojtek Wolski’s $3.8 million cap hit to the AHL if the right player is available at the right price.

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