It’s no secret how John Tortorella feels about the Pittsburgh Penguins. He fuckin hates that organization with a passion. And to add salt to the wound, veteran defenseman Jack Johnson left the Columbus Blue Jackets and signed a deal with the Penguins.
Torts heard about Johnson saying he chose Pittsburgh to “be part of a winning culture.”
In an interview with The Athletic, Torts took those comments as a slap in the face to Columbus. Torts tried calling Jack up and seeing what’s what and Jack is ghostin John.
“He doesn’t have enough balls to call me back, because I’ve tried to get in touch with him,” Tortorella told The Athletic. “You don’t (expletive) on an organization that’s done nothing but try to help you. We all know Jack has had some problems along the way here. It’s very well-chronicled. All we’ve done is try to (expletive) help him.”
Jack denied his message being a shot at his former team but more so to the fact that Pitt has two cups in the last three seasons.
Oh and Torts also heard about some of the comments that Pittsburgh GM Jim Rutherford made about why Johnson had been scratched in these past playoffs. Torts had an answer for Rutherford. And it was simply:
“Rutherford needs to the shut the fuck up.”
Remarkable day in American History occurred 21 years ago today. Obviously I’m drinkin reeb and watching MSG. It’s very hard for me dealing with waiting another year to see the Rangers make the post season and compete for the Stanley Cup. 21 years ago I was like fuckin 5 years old and shit was different then. We had quality movies like Speed and music like Smashing Pumpkins and my favorite team hoistin up Stan.
With years of growing up and spending my entire life playing hockey, the respect that I have for the game has me so goddamn hungry for a cup. I’ve dealt with the dark ages from 1997-2004 of no post season. I have dealt with the getting knocked out the 2nd round under Renney. The heartbreak to lose to the Devils in the Conference Finals in 2012. Acquiring Nash and under achieving the 2013 season post lockout and bein ousted 4-1 to Boston in the round 2.
Show John the door. Insert Alain.
Under Alain, in two seasons this team has gone to the Stanley Cup finals and won the President’s trophy but lose in the Conference Finals a couple weeks ago to Tampa. I’m having a real hard time watching this year’s Stanley Cup Finals. I truly believe if the Rangers showed up at all in game 7 and fuckin won, they would win the cup. This would’ve been their turn to win by going back to the cup.
This team is so goddamn close and has been. I don’t care about finishing 1st, 2nd, or 3rd. You can finish fucking 6th or whatever I don’t fuckin care. The sign those yugs are holding in the first picture of this post sums up my life. Get it done. It’s now time to fuckin sack up and win it all in 2016.
There was a time in March 2011 while in attendance at MSG for a loss to St. Louis yours truly started a chant from the old 300’s on the 7th Ave end which quickly spread like wild fire through the Garden Faithful. It wasn’t the first time it had been heard under the famous ceiling above Penn Station; at the time an all too familiar ode to the man with perhaps the best job security on the island of Manhattan. “Fire Sather” had a good ring to it, and given the mediocre product that had graced the ice for a third straight season with what seemed no hope to a fruitful ending any time soon, and preceded by a decade’s worth of little to no reward, the blame and vitriol be felled the broad shoulders of the smug and stealth general manager directly sitting just a couple stories above my location that evening.
There was a foolish movement around that time which gained steam through social media on the interweb to stage a protest outside the 9 story cylinder on the corner of 7th and 33rd, to which of course a scant few actually showed up for. Over Glen Sther’s now 14 year run at the helm of the New York Rangers much criticism has been lobbed his way for a perceived mismanagement of a club with lofty expectations that had come to ruins in the years following it’s only championship in the past 73 years. Ranger fans are starved for another sip from Lord Stanley’s Holy Grail, especially having to endure such greatness in recent times from a certain team from the swamp. However, as the club on this day sits one win from reaching the Stanley Cup Finals, one must laud the cigar sucking mastermind for his diligence in crafting this club on the precipice of glory.
Throw it back to July/August of 1995 for a moment. Rangers President and GM Neil Smith had just watched his team be discarded by the bigger, stronger force that was the Philadelphia Flyers. The Rangers had lost much of their own muscle following their ’94 Cup parade, and those that remained seemed still battle wounded from said excursion. The thought was that Smith must retool the depth and mettle on the roster to combat the broad street Bullies. After an attempt to acquire Shayne Corson from the Blues went awry, out went Sergei Zubov and Petr Nedved for a return of Luc Robitaille and Ulf Samuelsson from Pittsburgh. Later that season at the deadline Smith would spin the roulette wheel again as he had in ’94 dealing Mattias Nordstom, Nathan Lafayette, Ray Ferraro and Ian Laperierre to LA for Jarri Jurri, Marty McSorley and Shane Churla. The result? Yet another second round loss, this time at the hands of a highly skilled and speedy Penguins squad, a team he helped bolster with the likes of Nedved and Zubov. The muscle he acquired sacrificed to the offensive flow and speed due to rash decisions to what happened against Philly a year before.
Glen Sather’s entire regime has been predicated by attempts to field a squad with solid offensive depth. While that took a brief back seat in the waning years of John Tortorella, the 2013-’14 incarnation is result of a gradual process which has taken place over the past 14 years. After being handily dispensed at the hands of the much stronger Boston Bruins last year, one might have anticipated such moves to acquiesce to that style of play, which could have become a detriment in the Conference Final series which the Rangers find themselves up 3-1 heading into game 5 tonight in Montreal. the Canadiens play an open, quick transition game which is a match-up that favors this Rangers squad coached by the calm demeanor and offensive mastermind that is Alain Vigneault, and iced by a multitude of offensive weapons both up front and on the back end. This team has the depth and skill to perhaps lift the chalice.
If one does not learn from history, he is doomed to repeat it. All Ranger fans should thank Glen for sticking to his laurels, as well as be thankful some chants fall on deaf ears.
VanCity has played real bad all season and now I don’t even know what to make of this team other than trading Luongo was an end of an era and a tell tale sign of a rebuild in the Van.
Let’s sum up Vancouver’s season in one night and it happens to very recent: Last night the Islanders scored 7 goals in the third period and beat the Canucks on home ice with a 7-4 final score.
Pretty much what’s goin on
Big Hoss can pretty much say “the last 24 hours have been really exciting…”
Two goals last night in the OT loss to Calgary and he’s already got a goal tonight against Torts-less Canucks. The yugs gettin older now at the age of 35 but it doesn’t matter. Every shift Hossa is out there he is effective.
51 games played this season, 23 goals and 22 assists is pretty damn solid for a yug who’s 35. He’s quietly closing in on 1,000 points as he sits with 980…
Knibb High Football Rules.
As we all know Derek Stepan and the New York Rangers have reached a deal after a too long of a stalemate. Drove me crazy because the Rangers needed this guy in camp since day one, but whatever it’s over and done with. Right now I’m gonna give you the scenario in how the deal probably went down.
Glen was sick and tired of Derek partying too hard and chillin with multiple chicks on the reg not focusing on the hockey. Derek was spendin too much time listenin to his agent and not himself. You don’t need ears to listen to yourself Derek. So Glen got fed up, went to Derek’s house with a contract and Glen’s word that he’ll sign him to a long term extension during the season. This is a re enactment of Glen goin to Derek’s house to get the deal done:
Obviously that’s a clip from the 1987 classic SciFi film ‘RoboCop’. It would be borderline outrageous if that’s what happened though. Tonight the Rangers face off against Torts and the VanCity ‘Nucks. We’ll see what distasteful words John has to say in his pre and post game interviews. Cheers.
With Schneider now in New Jersey and all the Devil fans wettin their pants over it, Gillis, Torts, and Sully better pray that another goalie in Training Camp emerges and is better than Bobby Lu, makes the team and we got a sequel to this newspaper article. That was all one sentence, what would my English Professor from College say about that? I don’t know “what can I say it’s beyond me”.