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02-25-2013, 10:00 AM
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Originally Posted by OverTheCap View Post
Tortorella clarified his retaliation policy 3 years ago - he will not penalize players if they are sticking up for their teammates. Last year's team certainly had no issue protecting their teammates under Torts.

This is from 2010:

We had a lot of turnover over the summer, we lost some homegrown guys and some players who epitomized the Rangers' hard-working identity. This team has yet to forge a collective identity. They better do so quickly or our opponents will continue to exploit this weakness.
Good call finding that quote. Nobody stepped up. That's on everyone: Torts, every player on the ice and every player on the bench.

Again, I think camp and preseason and some time to get to know the new guys and play some games without the pressure of points on the line would have done wonders for this group. They had to start the season trying to get to know each other and trying to get points at the same time, and when they faltered, the failure started to snowball. It's not an excuse, but it's an explanation.

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