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Torts plans to “play the hell out of” Girardi and McDonagh

Jan 15, 2013, 3:17 PM EST

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Rangers coach John Tortorella has no plans to reduce the workload for his two top defensemen, Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh.

In fact, Tortorella intends to “play the hell out of them every day,” per Newsday’s Steve Zipay.

Girardi (26:14) and McDonagh (24:44) were among the NHL’s leaders in average ice time in 2011-12, during both the regular season and the Rangers’ 20-game playoff run.

Tortorella was adamant before and after the Rangers were eliminated that fatigue wasn’t a factor for his team, calling it a media-driven non-story.

It should be noted that Girardi, 28, and McDonagh, 23, were forced to play particularly big minutes – sometimes more than half the game – early last season while Marc Staal was recovering from a concussion.

  1. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jan 15, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Yes! This is the Torts we love. And in this shortened season he should play the hell out of all his players. But, be careful during the first 10 games so the boys don’t get hurt.

    • valoisvipers - Jan 16, 2013 at 12:18 AM

      Yeah he sure can be a tyrant behind the bench and even worse during press conferences. As you say there will be lots of groin injuries and ruined hockey pools in the first 2 weeks of the season.
      Glad things have “returned” to normal here at PHT and the Nhl.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jan 16, 2013 at 8:57 AM

        At least 8 years of labor peace. Go NHL! Looking forward to opening night, as I’m sure all of us fans here.

  2. zetaone - Jan 15, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Not a Rangers fan, but I’ve said it before. Girardi is (probably) the most underrated defensemen in the league. I’ve had him 3 years in a row on my fantasy team.

  3. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jan 15, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    If you’re a hockey fan you’ve got to enjoy watching the Rangers play. I get a kick of watching Torts behind the bench and the boys playing hard every shift for him, which sometimes seems to be never good enough by his standards.

  4. sportsfan69 - Jan 15, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    ^^^
    Hello my friend. I hope all is well you and your family. I already purchased my tickets for a future NY Rangers game, center ice, 25 rows up.

    • desertfan - Jan 15, 2013 at 7:50 PM

      The boycott is on!!!

  5. jimw81 - Jan 15, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    that’s why they lost last year. his system tires out players at the end of year and they go nowhere

    • gaborik104life - Jan 16, 2013 at 12:12 PM

      Would not have accomplished what they did without that system.

  6. capsfan19 - Jan 15, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    I love this duo! But after those two… Ha another sve for lundqvist!

  7. biffnasty - Jan 16, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    coach of the year

  8. amybaseball - Jan 16, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    I certainly hope Del Z steps up and Marc Staal returns to his preconcussion form so Torts will not have to resort to playing the hell out of Girardi and McDonough. Not my idea of smart use of very talented defensemen who will need to step up during the playoffs. We don’t want them to be burned out or overused, not to mention the percentages for injury escalating as their minutes increase. It’s just an inevitable consequence of this sport’s nature.

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