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John Tortorella, Marian Gaborik shrug off heated discussion

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09:00 AM ET 03.30 | The conversation a long time coming took place on foreign soil, Friday on the ice at Carleton University outside of Ottawa, and lasted about 12 minutes, with animated hand gestures, heads bent and crooked, and shrugs of the shoulders and arms. After it was over, neither of its participants would discuss what was said, but one doesn't have to stretch too far to figure out the contents of the discussion between Rangers coach John Tortorella and his slumping and distant star winger, Marian Gaborik. "I'll have no discussions regarding the discussion I have with my players," said Tortorella, whose team continues to struggle with consistency and scoring, in lockstep with the punchless Gaborik, going into Saturday's game against the Canadiens in Montreal after a 3-0 loss to the Senators in Ottawa on Thursday. Here was the clear situation during the practice: Gaborik, him of the $7.5 million per-year contract, him who lead the team with 41 goals last regular season, him who has been one of the most electric scorers in the NHL since joining the Rangers in 2009 . . . skating on a distinctive fourth line with recent call-up Kris Newbury and ineffective flank Taylor Pyatt.

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March 30, 2013  09:20 AM ET

Judging by that picture, I guess Callahan and Richards have already heard enough this year...

March 30, 2013  09:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Judging by that picture, I guess Callahan and Richards have already heard enough this year...

They know Torts isn't serious as he's down to one finger.

March 30, 2013  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

They know Torts isn't serious as he's down to one finger.

Last week's picture, in commemorating Palm Sunday

March 30, 2013  09:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Last week's picture, in commemorating Palm Sunday

Is that right after "Didn't Get Any Saturday?"

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March 30, 2013  10:16 AM ET

Look at the headline 'John Tortrella'
The writer must have had a vowel movement

March 30, 2013  10:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Look at the headline 'John Tortrella' The writer must have had a vowel movement

LOL. This one made me laugh too.

March 30, 2013  10:38 AM ET

Gaborik, him of the $7.5 million per-year contract . . . . skating on a distinctive fourth line with recent call-up Kris Newbury and ineffective flank Taylor Pyatt.

At least he's not injured.

March 30, 2013  10:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Judging by that picture, I guess Callahan and Richards have already heard enough this year...

Seriously though, Tortafella messing with Gaborik is every bit as stupid as Mike Keenan trying to mess with Wayne Gretzky in St. Louis. Dumb! You let your thoroughbreds do what they do best. It's the height of stupidity to try and turn them into plow horses.

March 30, 2013  11:11 AM ET

"Let's get some high priced offensive talent and make them block shots." Said no one ever.
Oh wait...

March 30, 2013  11:32 AM ET

Gaborik shrugged. I saw that movie.

March 30, 2013  11:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Is that right after "Didn't Get Any Saturday?"

Just my palm.

March 30, 2013  04:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Seriously though, Tortafella messing with Gaborik is every bit as stupid as Mike Keenan trying to mess with Wayne Gretzky in St. Louis. Dumb! You let your thoroughbreds do what they do best. It's the height of stupidity to try and turn them into plow horses.

well said.

March 30, 2013  04:54 PM ET
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They know Torts isn't serious as he's down to one finger.

would like to be a fly on the wall when he uses 4~5 fingers.

March 31, 2013  08:48 AM ET

stick a fork in the rags, they're done.

March 31, 2013  09:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

stick a fork in the rags, they're done.

They still hold the 8th and final playoff spot...

 
March 31, 2013  09:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

They still hold the 8th and final playoff spot...

hopefully they can move to seventh and secure a dance with the habs.

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