Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants reports from today's practice where John Tortorella put the Rangers through a spirited, hard-skating, point-making 50-minute practice today and then kicked everybody off the ice, something that’s rarely seen at an NHL practice as groups of players usually linger after practice. Torts reasoning was to give all his players a break from the ice.
On the power play struggles Torts feels Michael Del Zotto needs to shoot more...
“It’s a 19-year-old guy, you’ve got Gabby (Marian Gaborik) over here with his stick on the ice and you’ve got Kots (Ales Kotalik) over here with his stick on the ice. And you’ve got a 19-year-old who respects the hierarchy of the locker room. That’s where it comes to the coaches telling him to do it and telling the players flanking him he’s going to do it and take him off the hook a little bit.”
...tough situation for a youngster. Never want to piss off the vets.
Torts also talks Kotalik, Lisin and Callahan.