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Vinny Prospal gives Rick Nash a heads-up on being a Ranger, working with John Tortorella


New York City isn’t a place that needs to be sold to anyone. Maybe if you’re Shea Weber things are different, but in Rick Nash’s case, he needed a bit of a heads up about the “city that never sleeps.” Who better to turn to than his now former Blue Jackets teammate and former Ranger forward Vinny Prospal?

Dave Lozo of NHL.com hears it from Nash about how Prospal gave him the scouting report on what it’s like being a Ranger.

“Vinny just texted me about an hour ago,” said Nash, seated at a locker with his new Rangers jersey hanging behind him at the MSG Training Center. “We talked when we were training together and he loved it here. He said it was one of the best parts of his career. He loves Torts. From my understanding, he’s very demanding and a tough guy to play for and really preaches hard work, and that’s what you expect from a coach. That’s what you’d want.”

Guys who love Tortorella you’d think are rare but for Nash, he’d better get used to him fast. The pressure will be immense on the Rangers to do better than they did last season. Considering where Nash is coming from, it’s as much of a 180-degree turn on expectations as you can imagine.

(Picture courtesy of the New York Rangers twitter)

Watch John Tortorella talk about battling the press on Costas Tonight

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After Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals, Rangers coach John Tortorella made an appearance on Costas Tonight with host Bob Costas. Tortorella was put to the test about his less-than kind relationship with the media, especially after games. Costas also grilled Tortorella about whether or not he’s been approached about trying to improve his conduct with reporters.

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Watch John Tortorella’s best moments

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Sometimes Rangers coach John Tortorella is a man of few words and sometimes he says exactly what’s on his mind. He can be candid or reserved depending on the situation. Above all, he’s memorable. With the New York Rangers now out of the playoffs, we have a video of some of his best statements. You can watch it below:

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What’s your favorite Tortorella quote from the 2011-12 campaign?