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Tortorella praises Rangers: “I love our jam; I love our balls”

May 26, 2012, 12:16 AM EDT

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When the Washington Capitals bounced the New York Rangers from the 2011 playoffs, John Tortorella was refreshingly honest, admitting that his team didn’t quite have the talent to do it. With Brad Richards in tow, that explanation wouldn’t fly. While Torts admitted that winning a couple rounds isn’t good enough, he’s still proud of his team.

“I just — I love our jam. I love our balls,” Tortorella said. “I really like what we have here. I don’t think it will be the same; there are always changes. But what they have — what our group has developed in their identity, their mindset, I think showed tonight. Again, we didn’t get it done, but I just like the way they handled themselves … we got out swagger back.”

That swagger probably explains why Torts resolutely stood up for his team in various elimination situations and steadfastly denied the idea that the Rangers were drained as the Eastern Conference finals wore on.

Torts is likely right that there might some changes, especially since Rangers GM Glen Sather is known for loving splashy off-season moves. (Did someone just play Rick Nash‘s music?)

Yet despite one potentially significant addition – or maybe two? – the general “mindset” of shot-blocking and defensive-minded play will stay. The good news, then, is that Tortorella is happy with the group he has.

  1. sjsharks66 - May 26, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    Tortorella would love balls

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 26, 2012 at 7:00 AM

      Are they schweddy balls ?

  2. sheckyrimshot - May 26, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    i like how he had to pause for a second before finding the right way to express his love for his team’s jam and balls.

  3. flyeredup - May 26, 2012 at 12:37 AM

    Torts loves Bylsma balls

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 26, 2012 at 1:45 PM

      Bylsma has no balls !

      • fbothharbaughs - May 26, 2012 at 8:02 PM

        so you say, but he does have a cup more recent than 1975…

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 26, 2012 at 9:15 PM

        A cup and no balls ,,,,,,,,,,,kind of useless ain’t it !!!!!!

  4. bleed4philly - May 26, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    Jam and balls!

  5. jpat2424 - May 26, 2012 at 6:35 AM

    He likes jam on his balls? What?

  6. cuffhimbanano - May 26, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    I wonder if Tortorella liked the fact that his team played its best hockey when it wasn’t preoccupied with belly flopping to block shots.

  7. polegojim - May 26, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Great series – Devils and Kings have actually improved during the playoffs.

    Definitely best two teams are playing for The Cup – how bout them 8 and 6 seeds?!?!

    Now those are some balls!

    • interiorfan - May 26, 2012 at 10:07 AM

      I believe the Kings are masquareding as an eighth seed. They have a terrific goalie who played great all year but the team in front of him underachieved for the most part allowing them to slip into the eight spot. In reality, if they had played closer to their potential all year, they would have been seeded much higher. Great game plan and it seems to be working for them.

  8. johnnyd1956 - May 26, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Torts doesn’t deserve all the bs non Ranger fans keep showing on these blogs. He is tough, holds players accountable, and speaks his mind. I see good things for the Rangers for a long time

  9. anthonykornheiser - May 26, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    i agree, it’s painful for the fans and players. The devils had a great series, could have went either way and the devils prevailed. Rangers are in unchartered territory for themselves. They boast the youngest defense in hockey who are far from even reaching their prime, have a goalie in his prime and a few good young guys coming up. They also have a ton of cap room the next few years. it will be interesting.

  10. theageofquarrel - May 26, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Who would of thought that Arthur (Fonzie) Tortorella loves balls? And jam?

  11. kcredneck - May 26, 2012 at 12:13 PM


    • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 26, 2012 at 1:42 PM

      Thats funny !

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