Tortorella on Staal’s eye injury: ‘It’s scary’


Specifics are scarce so far on Marc Staal’s condition after taking a puck to/near his eye on Tuesday.

New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella seems like he’s in the same boat as everyone else.

“It’s scary,” Tortorella said.

Fellow defenseman Ryan McDonagh agreed with Tortorella that it was scary, noting to Blueshirts United’s Jim Cerny that “you could tell how much pain he was in immediately.”

There’s no word yet on whether Staal, 26, will go to the hospital for treatment and evaluation. We’ll provide a more substantial update once they become available.

The Rangers won tonight’s game 4-2 against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Tortorella calls Kaleta’s check ‘one of the most dangerous hits I’ve ever seen’

John Tortorella

The New York Rangers clearly aren’t pleased with Buffalo Sabres pest Patrick Kaleta’s check from behind on Sunday.

Brad Richards described it as “stupidity.” Head coach John Tortorella also voiced his displeasure to ESPN’s Katie Strang.

“It’s probably one of the most dangerous hits I’ve ever seen,” Tortorella said. “It’s ridiculous.”

Torts said the check was “disgusting” and showed a “lack of respect.”

Again, Kaleta chose not to respond (tonight, at least) while Richards indicated that he’s OK (so far, at least).

In case you’re wondering about possible retribution, the Rangers play against the Sabres two more times in 2013. Both games will take place in Buffalo; one barely more than a week away (March 12) and one near the end of the season (April 19).


Video of the hit

Richards’ reaction

Tortorella says Richards struggles because he “cares so much”

Brad Richards

It’s no secret that Brad Richards has struggled this season with the New York Rangers. The team isn’t doing as well as they did last year, the offense is struggling, and they’re fighting to get into playoff position.

While Richards had a strong game on Thursday night with Rick Nash’s return, Rangers coach John Tortorella offered up a different explanation for why his top centerman has had trouble this year as he shared on the team’s website.

“I think Brad played his best game of the season on Thursday,” said Tortorella. “He cares so much, and sometimes I wish he didn’t care as much because it paralyzes him a little bit. He allowed himself to play, and you could just see the flow in his game (Thursday). It’s encouraging.”

Of all the reasons for a guy to struggle, caring too much is up there as one of the more unique ones. That said, with the team playing the way they have, trying too hard can lead to mistakes and squeezing the stick a little too tight. Now that the Rangers are getting healthy again, maybe a few other guys can help Richards not care quite so much.

Tortorella: Habs-Rangers game among worst I’ve been involved in

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 19: Ryan McDonagh #27 of the New York Rangers battles with Lars Eller #81 of the Montreal Canadiens at Madison Square Garden on February 19, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images)

Coach John Tortorella didn’t like the Montreal Canadiens’ play in their 3-1 victory over his New York Rangers, but he will grant them this much: They sucked less.

“I thought it was probably one of the worst hockey games I’ve ever been involved in,” Tortorella said in an ESPN report. “Both teams. But they were better than we were.”

The two teams didn’t manufacture many scoring chances early on, although that’s a given when squads combine for just eight shots on goal in the first period.

Montreal focused on waiting for and attempting to capitalize on errors in the Rangers’ transitions in a strategy that Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist thought was “boring,” but “smart.”

In turn, the Rangers attempted to, in captain Ryan Callahan’s words, “be patient with it, get pucks in deep” and avoid turnovers. The Rangers ultimately fell short of that goal early in the third period, which resulted in 19-year-old forward Alex Galchenyuk netting the game-winning goal for Montreal.

“Just two bad teams playing and we were worse than they were,” Tortorella said in summary.

The Rangers were without Rick Nash and have been secretive with regards to his status. Who knows if he’ll play on Thursday, but either way, Tortorella will certainly be looking for more from his club.

Rangers lead NHL in bench minors, Tortorella calls it ‘stupid’

Chicago Blackhawks v New York Rangers

After getting dinged for too many men during the second period of last night’s win over Boston, the New York Rangers now lead the NHL with six bench minor penalties through the first 12 games of the year.

To put that figure in perspective, it’s more bench minors than 14 other NHL clubs — Calgary, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Florida, NY Islanders, Ottawa, Dallas, Anaheim, Carolina, St. Louis, Buffalo, Toronto, Colorado and Pittsburgh — have combined.

For another perspective, here’s Rangers head coach John Tortorella.

“Another too-many-men, huh?” he said following Tuesday’s 4-3 shootout win over Boston. “No, I don’t want to expand on it. It stinks, what do you want me to say.

“It’s stupid. It sucks. It’s brutal. I can use a lot of different things.”

All six of New York’s bench minors this season have been of the too-many-men variety, which is a very odd development given the discipline the team has shown in years past.

Last season, the Rangers only had seven bench minors through 82 games, 10th-fewest in the NHL.

To be clear, Tortorella wasn’t putting all the blame on his troops for the lousy changes.

Reports claim Torts was yelling at Anton Stralman following the whistle for too many during the Boston game, but suggested he wasn’t pleased with the linesman for making the call and not giving leeway to the Rangers on a dump-in.

In the future, we suggest Tortorella take the Marc Crawford approach to dealing with this situation:

Once the players hear that, they’ll never make a bad change again.