In this edition of Warning Shots, we take a look at the aftermath from the line brawl and ensuing shenanigans in outside the visitors locker room at Rogers Arena during last night’s Canucks-Flames game. Let’s take a peek at the email thread between Canucks fan Ken Hill and Rangers fan Russ “Big Mick” McKenzie:
It’s been quite a while.
There were some dark times here in New York but it seems like Alain Vigneault and the Rangers have started to play above .500 hockey. Rick Nash finally heard his critics and started playing in the tough spots. Surprisingly, Brad Richards has found new life. Chris Kreider is a revelation, the one we all knew he would be.
I couldn’t help but notice the events of last night’s Vancouver Canucks game though. It seems like John Tortorella is up to his old antics. I totally respect what he did at the beginning of the game. The Calgary Flames put out their goons, and he matched the line. What I don’t understand is why he felt the need to try and storm the visitors locker room at the first intermission. It seems to me that this is more of a distraction than it is anything else.
I’m surprised that he didn’t completely lose his mind after the 9-1 loss to Anaheim last week. It’s only a matter of time before Torts ticking time bomb goes off.
Hey Mick, hope you’re doing well.
We have multiple nicknames for Del Zotto here in New York – Del Zaster, Del Zero… I can go on.
Honestly, Michael Del Zotto is a pretty underwhelming defenseman that just simply hasn’t developed into the player he needs to be. He shows flashes, but has never been very consistent. His days are numbered here, and he’ll move before the deadline. I keep hearing rumblings of a trade with Colorado – possibly Del Zotto, Ryan Borque, and Hrivik for Ryan O’Reilly. We’ll see how that goes.
As far as Ryan Callahan goes… it is my belief that Captain Cally is going nowhere and this is all a part if contract negotiations. He’s going to be a Ranger for a long time. I don’t believe there’s anything to that rumor.
One of my favorite Torts moments was from a Rangers Devils game in 2012 when Devils coach Pete DeBoer did the same stunt. Torts marched lines and screamed at DeBoer. He told him to go back to juniors. It was epic.
As far as the Rangers is general are concerned, I find it funny that the Rangers aren’t really built for the way Vigneault coaches, either. This awful breakout stretch pass he has them doing… The transition game is still broken. They need to pull a forward back to the defensive side of the blue line instead of having all the forwards pressing forward. That little adjustment would be enough to prevent so many turnovers.
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