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Vinny Prospal gives Rick Nash a heads-up on being a Ranger, working with John Tortorella

Jul 25, 2012, 4:56 PM EDT

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New York City isn’t a place that needs to be sold to anyone. Maybe if you’re Shea Weber things are different, but in Rick Nash‘s case, he needed a bit of a heads up about the “city that never sleeps.” Who better to turn to than his now former Blue Jackets teammate and former Ranger forward Vinny Prospal?

Dave Lozo of NHL.com hears it from Nash about how Prospal gave him the scouting report on what it’s like being a Ranger.

“Vinny just texted me about an hour ago,” said Nash, seated at a locker with his new Rangers jersey hanging behind him at the MSG Training Center. “We talked when we were training together and he loved it here. He said it was one of the best parts of his career. He loves Torts. From my understanding, he’s very demanding and a tough guy to play for and really preaches hard work, and that’s what you expect from a coach. That’s what you’d want.”

Guys who love Tortorella you’d think are rare but for Nash, he’d better get used to him fast. The pressure will be immense on the Rangers to do better than they did last season. Considering where Nash is coming from, it’s as much of a 180-degree turn on expectations as you can imagine.

(Picture courtesy of the New York Rangers twitter)

  1. cowboys282 - Jul 25, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    If this were the Olympics I would say the Rangers were a shoe in to win Gold. But it’s the NHL. Where most of this big money items have choked (Lundqvist) or never did anything in the playoffs (Gaborik, Nash, All the young guys on the Rangers).

    Let’s see how much Nash likes New York when they choke again and the media and fans let him have it.

    • windmiller4 - Jul 25, 2012 at 5:21 PM

      I don’t think id go as far as saying Lundqvist choked, he’s been one of the most consistent goalies in the league. Gaborik on the other hand, he always disappears in the playoffs

    • stakex - Jul 25, 2012 at 5:43 PM

      When exactlly has Lundqvist ever “choked”? Untill last season, hes had a sub par team in front of him… and last year I think we can all agree the Rangers inability to score is what cost them, not Lundqvist.

    • polishblue - Jul 25, 2012 at 8:18 PM

      listen cowboy if your gonna say that Lundqvist chokes or has choked than I’m simply going to say stick to football buddy.

      and gaborik? maybe, well i mean you have to take into consideration that he was the rangers only legit “sniper” and he was always doubled teamed….also he did play with a torn rotator cuff that affects your shot immensely but no big deal, right?

  2. mianfr - Jul 25, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Actually the players tend to love Torts (that is, those who don’t get the Don Mattingly-Mr. Burns treatment, but hey what’s two guys out of a team?), so that part isn’t surprising. It’s really only the media who can’t stand him.

    • stakex - Jul 25, 2012 at 5:45 PM

      Exactlly. There is this myth that players hate Torts, but theres really nothing to back that up. The reality is that only lazy players, and as you say the media, hate the guy.

    • elrock7 - Jul 25, 2012 at 10:07 PM

      …and the refs

      • barkar942 - Jul 25, 2012 at 10:48 PM

        …and Nik Zherdev.

  3. DTF31 - Jul 25, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    You thought Hitch was too demanding coach Rick? You’ll love Torts. Totally not the same type of guy or same exact system.

  4. jacketsfan7 - Jul 25, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    Ok how do u not love torts? He may cross the line with his words but look what it does , he’s tough and the rangers will be a cup contending team because of him

  5. DED - Jul 25, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    Prospal’s a stand up guy. I was really bummed when the Rangers let him go and judging by the big drop in Gaborik’s numbers the first season he was gone, so did he. I’ve been happy to see that Prospal has done well in Columbus (as well as one can). I hope they make him captain. Not saying someone else doesn’t deserve it, just saying Prospal should be in the running for it.

  6. nyjetblue - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    Sure, he choked on that Vezina alright. It’s a big trophy.

  7. larrybiv - Jul 26, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    its about time…..seems like they didnt overpay in players…..would have a last years deadline. cbj owner is an idiot. would’ve gotten more but was greedy.

  8. eyeh8goodell - Jul 26, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Torts is your classic blowhard with a Napoleon Complex. Runs his mouth and always looks the fool in the end when his ass can’t cash the checks he writes with his mouth. Add to that he’s the biggest hypocrite in the NHL, calling out other teams and players for the same things he and his players do with regularity. It looks all the more pathetic considering he never even came close to achieving the success as a player that the guys sitting in front of him have. Always funny watching a marginal player berate guys who, on their worst days, are 100 times better than he ever was on his best day.

    • borman46 - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:23 PM

      It takes totaly different set of skill, character and Talent. Notion is denied – comparison is idiotic at least.

  9. rsanth01 - Jul 26, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    eyeh8…Devils fan are ya??? Couldn’t tell…you keep it hidden well. Torts wears his heart on his sleeve. Always calls an Ace an Ace and a Spade a Spade, and motivated a bunch of sub-par hockey players to play way beyond the expectations of EVERYONE. Blowhard???…or passionate about his job and his team??? Either way I’m glad we have him. I’m sure his team is too.

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