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09-12-2010, 12:13 AM
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HAPPY HOUR
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Originally Posted by wolfgaze View Post
Torts comments:
  • Biggest point of emphasis this season : Consistency, need to be better at home
  • Most excited about kids and Ranger's good core, need to keep building core
  • Frolov interesting acquisition to add offense, will get a chance with Gaborik right away
  • Spoke with Drury throughout summer... wants the players input on what they (coaches) can do to make things easier for them
  • Says he doesn't watch any of these informal practices
  • Says the young guys are going to get a "long-look"... Mentions McDonagh/Stepan/MZA, says he's anxious to see MZA play
  • Assessment of Marc Staal: big part of our core, still a young man at 23. Last season: thought he was inconsistent thru first half of the year, had a streak where he came along, last 2 months he "really got it"... Exit interview Staal said he finally felt comfortable using his instincts in terms of decision making (joining the rush, pinching, etc). Last couple of months Torts said he was a "stud"... Says Marc is a "huge part of this organization"... Re: contact situation - Torts says he doesn't think young players should try to hit a home run right away... Wait your turn and it will come to you... Marc can't afford to miss a day of camp because it will hurt his development
  • Re: Redden - His game is too deliberate in everything he does... His game has slowed down... Needs to speed up his decision making, his reads, getting his shot through.... Everything about his game, Torts think it's slow... Thinks he's been given a real fair chance being put in the line-up every night... Says he has to earn his ice time back.... Blue-line is going to be shaped on merit... Says Redden looks in great shape...
  • Christensen would play 2 great games, then you wouldn't see him for 5 games... Says they need help up the middle... At Center ice position there isn't a bunch of creativity... Rangers have to be patient, use our kids, grow them, and then when there's something out there, said he believes there's going to be something available, maybe at the end of camp or at the trade deadline but he believes someone will be available who can help the team...
  • Says maybe Stepan steps up.... Says during the rookie camp you can see his offensive awareness.... Says he's still a kid out of college though.
Thanks for the breakdown Wolf..

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