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08:27 AM ET 01.10 | John Tortorella gave his team a second chance to make a first impresson of the week on Monday. [Tortorella] admits -- and perhaps, fears -- that complacency creeping in is "just human nature." So what did the Blueshirts' coach do when he noticed a lack of intensity and attention to detail from his players at the start of practice Monday in Greenburgh? He ordered all of the Rangers other than goalies Henrik Lundqvist and Martin Biron off the ice and told them to return from the locker room when they were ready to work. "We just figured we'd start again," Tortorella said. ... Tortorella added that his team "practiced really well" after returning to the ice, and his point was well-taken.

New York Daily News

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January 10, 2012  09:16 AM ET

Did he send them to bed without dessert, too? :)

January 10, 2012  09:22 AM ET

He's an odd duck.

January 10, 2012  09:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

He's an odd duck.

Perhaps- but a Duck that is getting it done in a massive market

January 10, 2012  09:48 AM ET

He's got a good thing going there and he wants to make sure that aren't any dropoffs to a long and arduous NHL season.

January 10, 2012  09:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Perhaps- but a Duck that is getting it done in a massive market

Exactly. Strange duck or not, I admire a coach that displays testicular fortitude even when dealing with pampered, spoiled rotten multimillionaires.

January 10, 2012  09:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Exactly. Strange duck or not, I admire a coach that displays testicular fortitude even when dealing with pampered, spoiled rotten multimillionaires.

I am liking this guy more and more all the time.....anyone that cuts the Averhole twice deserves much love ;-)

January 10, 2012  09:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

He's got a good thing going there and he wants to make sure that there aren't any dropoffs to a long and arduous NHL season.

Fixed...hopefully.

January 10, 2012  09:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I am liking this guy more and more all the time.....anyone that cuts the Averhole twice deserves much love ;-)

You just managed to get yourself on Hank's bad book! I'd be careful opening any letters that might come in the mail from BC!

January 10, 2012  09:57 AM ET

Keep it up, Torts. Whatever you are doing is working.

January 10, 2012  10:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

You just managed to get yourself on Hank's bad book! I'd be careful opening any letters that might come in the mail from BC!

I am bracing myself for a fanmail from Hank telling me to meet him at the bike racks after school

January 10, 2012  10:28 AM ET

Don't do it, Harry! No telling what kind of herbs he cultivates in his celestial garden to enhance his mood!

January 10, 2012  10:39 AM ET

Good to see that change in the standings.

January 10, 2012  10:58 AM ET

So The Avery's departure is already manifesting itself in a lack of gung ho.

Nobody led by example better than he.

January 10, 2012  10:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Perhaps- but a Duck that is getting it done in a massive market

He's gotten it done for the first half of this year after finishing the 8th seed last year (And had to back in), out of the playoffs the year before and the 7th or 8th seed the prior year all with a top 5 goalie. And the powerplay still sucks.
This team is also bad in the first 1/2 of games so whatever his preparation methods are they aren't all that great.

January 10, 2012  11:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Exactly. Strange duck or not, I admire a coach that displays testicular fortitude even when dealing with pampered, spoiled rotten multimillionaires.

His team is made up of primarily young guys that aren't all that highly paid. The guys who make big money are Richards, Gaborik and Lundvist and they don't act like they're spoiled. HJe is also lucky enough to have guys like Callahan, Dubinski, Prust, Girardi, Boyle etc who all give everything they have.

January 10, 2012  11:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

So The Avery's departure is already manifesting itself in a lack of gung ho.Nobody led by example better than he.

Callahan is the undisputed leader of this team.

January 10, 2012  11:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Callahan is the undisputed leader of this team.

Sure, now that The Avery has shown him how...

January 10, 2012  11:37 AM ET

Good for now.....let see if the run can continue and where we stand come April.

January 10, 2012  12:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Sure, now that The Avery has shown him how...

Talk to the hand, Hank. (friday)

 
January 10, 2012  01:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Sure, now that The Avery has shown him how...

...to turtle, avoid fights, cheapshot guys, dress well? Which is it?

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