Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants was able to sit down with John Tortorella to discuss numerous issues...
On Wade Redden...
“I told Wade at the end of the year, during the exit interviews, I felt we gave him, along with a couple of other players, we gave him a great opportunity to play,” Tortorella said. “Really, at times, we probably kept him in too long where we should have put somebody else in because of his play. We had a frank discussion. It’s not going to be, ‘Wade Redden is a veteran guy and has a big contract, he’s going to stay in the lineup.’ We need to move by that. He’s going to dictate that.”
...not sure what to think about this quote on one hand I feel that the Rangers have finally had it with Wade on the other it seems like they're going to give him one last chance to turn it around.
...i'm thinking if he struggles in camp and preseason he's gone.
On Sather's offseason moves...
“I think one of the biggest positives of the summer and during free agency is that we have kept the core of our team,” Tortorella said. “We haven’t gone out and signed big contracts. We’ve tried to sit tight with our youth and keep the building blocks there. We are going through a bit of a process. I think Dan Girardi and Brandon Prust (both who were re-signed this summer) jumped right into being in that core. They were big signings. Everybody rants and raves that it’s time for the Rangers to really stay pat and build with youth. I think the deal Frolov signed, it’s not a long-term deal. He can show us what he can do and maybe it will turn into the same.”
Torts also talks Rozsival, McDonagh, Biron and whole lot more.
...great job by Gross.
...and great job by the Rangers again giving the fans some insight on what the organization is thinking.
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