Shaun Livingston played just 12 minutes in the Nets win over the Celtics. Prior to that, Livingston was ?averaging well over 20 minutes per game in his last nine contests.

He was 1-of-1 from the field for three points but got into trouble with four fouls. He added two rebounds and one assist.

The Nets are 2-6 in games Livingston has started.

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So the Brooklyn Nets acquired two Hall of Famers to team up with three superstars to form easily one of the best ? if not the best ? starting five in the NBA.

The blockbuster trade sending Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Nets from the Boston Celtics is official, meaning the Nets starting lineup will feature a combined 35 All-Star appearances and be worth $82 million.

Last season, one of the Nets? strengths was the team?s depth. The team received significant contributions from the ?Bench Mob? including Andray Blatche, C.J. Watson, Keith Bogans and at times Jerry Stackhouse.

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  • On dealing with the ups and downs: "It's not hard. We all want to straighten it out. It's just that we are fighting through it. It's frustrating. We are just attacking every day. When we have some struggles so many things come at you. We are trying to attack each day and fight to get points."
  • On talking to players on the ice, "I believe that when we do our tape and we are pointing out positives and negatives we are teaching as a group. When you point out that player A screwed up, player B, C,D are seeing it also and teaching our team concept. The past few weeks I have spent more one on 1 time. I don't think players understand the whole game sometimes. Sometimes players are playing better than they are and sometimes players think they are trying and they aren't. I think it's needed right now. Some guys are a little foggy because they don't know what there game is and it's my job to figure it out.
  • On picking those players, "I watch the tape, I watch demeanor, practice habits. If it needs be I have a list. I spend a lot of time watching players to see how they handle himself. I went to a top player and I went through his first five shifts and I think I surprised him with the detail. It just wasn't good enough. It was a player who isn't talked about because everyone thinks he is that good, but he wasn't and hasn't been. That is my job as a coach, to make sure that he is assessing himself the proper way. I think that helps. It's the only way I know how to do it.
  • On adding someone new, "at this time of the year, you don't give them too much info. We give them the skeleton of our foundation and just let them play. I don't think you can really get into over coaching there because then the player doesn't work to his strengths.
  • What drives Rick Nash? "the competitive spirit of any athlete is to win a championship. That is what drives me. I was 17 and I saw a central scouting list that showed I could be a top pick and I think that is where it finally clicked, where if I took this sport serious I could make it a job. I find myself pretty lucky."
  • On what he likes about Nash, "everything. He has come as advertised. He has scored some major goals to change momentum or win a game. He is willing to play in all areas, under a team concept. One of the stars of our game and one of the lower maintenance guys I have ever had to deal with. I can barely have a conversation with him because he doesn't say much. He is a gentleman and a first class guy. It's the perfect time for where he is and where we are as a team. He is star player that goes and plays hard every night."
  • Torts prefers dogs to humans, "there is no question. I would rather be with dogs than human beings."
  • Tortorella said that he and his wife have talked about building an animal shelter on some property that they owns and that he plans to spend more time in this field when he stops with hockey.
  • On making adjustments, "it's not hard but it depends on what the adjustment is. We believe that we need to execute. We think we have a really good team concept but we need to execute.? Myself, Shoeny and Sully discuss these things.
  • Tortorella says that they make all of their changes on tape and in meetings before games.
  • On a prime age for a hockey player, "I don't think there is a prime age, but I look at games played. When a defenseman has played in the 250-275 area of games you feel they are going to have an understandings of what it's like to be an NHL defenseman. With forwards you look at the fourth year and hope that they come into it. With forwards you are looking at their skill. You look at their will, are they willing to do it. Are the skill players seeing the ice or are they chasing the game. It's never really an age, I judge it by watching and seeing if they are playing at their strengths and doing what they are supposed to be doing."
  • Tortorella was at the game where Bobby Orr went flying and scored to win the Stanley Cup
  • On what type of player he was in the minors and college, "No skill, but I played hard. I loved playing. I played all three positions. Had? a ball playing at Maine. Had a blast playing so far low in the minors you couldn't see. I had a blast."
  • On being an NHL player and a coach, "I never played in the league, but I respect the people in the league, the coaches who played there, I always felt that since I wasn't there I always needed to work harder. I think guys that have grinded through the leagues and I started at the bottom and worked my way up, I am glad I went that route because some guys come so quickly that it overwhelms them. I am so privileged.
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  • On the season, "Up and down. Lack of consistency, but you take it day by day and try to get better. I think we have played some good minutes, have lacked energy, all teams go through it. A lot of teams go through it, the key is continuing to try and get better."
  • "There is the supp discipline, I don't totally get it sometimes, I think it's inconsistent. I think the players need to police themselves. I am all for doing everything you can to win a hockey game, I just feel that there has been a lack of respect amongst the athletes. The hit from Kaleta is just a dirty hit, probably one of the most dangerous hits I have seen this year. I don't think Brad is injured that bad, but forget about hockey, that had a chance to be a life threatening situation the way he went in there. I don't want to be too dramatic, but it's wrong.
  • Keenan: "We have taken part of the game away from the players. There is a lack of respect and a lack of protection for themselves. They think the rules are going to look after them. I tell the players that they have no friends on the ice, even your teammates could accidentally injure you. These people who are going after people, knowing there won't be any repercussions."
  • "Maybe it's a little old school, but the players need to police themselves and the league has taken it away from them. You can get suspended, fined, but your team down a man. I'm not saying it needs to turn into a brawl, but they have taken so much away from the players that I think players don't think they are going to get hit and they don't protect themselves. It comes from on the ice where if a guy cheap shots a you, he knows he is going to pay the price in the game. I think players would be more aware. It's the same guys in our league who continue to do this.
  • On not revealing information about injuries, "It's to protect the player. This with the media thinking that they need to get all info, I don't agree with it. We give them what they need but they don't need to know everything going on with your hockey club. That includes the paying customer and public. They pay a lot of money and we try and put on a good show, but they do not need to know everything going on with your team."
  • "Don't tell me that there isn't targeting going on in football. We are not trying to do it the wrong way, I think it's the right way. My responsibility is the hockey team, those players, not you, not the public. We demand a lot out of them and I think we need to protect them.
  • On targeting an injured player, "I would not bring it up, but the players would know. Amongst the players. I know we are in the entertainment business, but we do not need to give out all the info. I listen to some managers and coaches spend 15 minutes talking about injuries. I think it's ridiculous, it's not right or wrong."
  • I tell my players not to talk about injuries or if you are 50% or 75%. I don't believe in the percentages either. It turns into I tweaked this, I tweaked that. Don't talk about it. I always ask Rammer, can they play, yes or no. I just need a yes or no. I don't need percentages, I just need to know if they can play.
  • What drives Michael Del Zotto, "the love of the game.
  • Torts on MDZ, "he is playing well. He is growing up. This is a number of years he has been in the league. I think it helped him to go to the minors, he may not think so. He has a lot to learn. He may not think so, but he does. The biggest battle is that he needs to know he doesn't have it all figured out.
  • Jim Schoenfeld talks with Derek Stepan about changing the curve on Stepan's stick to help him receive passes better.
  • Torts: "Schoeny...I think he is trying to do something the right way. Step has really struggled one-timing pucks."
  • On hockey stats, "I look at the league stats and I know they aren't correct. I am not a big stat guy. I like judging and watching players and seeing how they react in situations. I don't rely much on stats, the plus-minus is probably one of the most talked about ones and the false representation. There are some I keep a close eye on, not too many. There is so much technology. I like watching and seeing how they play.
  • Keenan, "you need to have a feel for the player and know their hockey intellect. I don't know what is out there that can measure hockey intellect.
  • On sending players down to the minors, "your telling a kid that they are not going to play at the top level. It's not hard, it's necessary. If that kid wants to get here and stay here then it's a step he needs to take. I don't find it difficult at all.
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  • Mike Keenan was not on the show.
  • On the shortened season, "It's important to try and win each and every game and not go through a process where you need 10 or 15 games to find your team. You need to be ready right now and try to get into the win column as soon as you can."
  • On shortening the bench, "I am on open book when the game starts but I am going to play my top players quite a bit because it will help them come March and April with the conditioning part of it. I am not going to wait for a process of trying to chip out mistakes or let a player play through it. You wont bench a guy for one mistake, but you need short term thinking as you try to win that game. We have 8 or 9 guys who have played over 20 minutes a night so far and that will probably continue."
  • Expectations, "our team has changed a little bit. We make a deal and lose a couple of players, but it was the right deal. To get a player like Nash, that only comes around a couple of times in this game. We lose a Fedotenko, a Prust, a Mitchell, we lose a little bit of the middle of our lineup. It's been a bit of a struggle with the middle of our lineup so far. The expectations, we need to learn to handle that."
  • "I am not able to move people like I did last year. Our depth is hurt with the deal and losing some of those people. I think we upgraded in our top end but we got a little weaker in the middle of our lineup. We gotta work through that and try to find our team and our identity."
  • On Nash, "He is a world class player. It was the right deal, we gave up good players, but Nasher can do everything. He is becoming a penalty killer. He is a power forward coming off the right side. He was very well coached in Columbus and he understands the play away from the puck. He is a guy I am going to count on him for 22, 23, 24 minutes per game, but he can handle that. The thing that I love about him is that he is a star player in our league but he has no maintenance to him. Very quiet, just wants to play and wants to be here at this time in his career. I think it's a good situation for both parties."
  • On line changes and too many men on the ice, "it isn't complicated and that is what has frustrated me so much. I usually have two lines ready to go. Each one of the lines knows the center or winger they are going to take. They need to know and watch that player come to the bench before they can make the change. To have it happened as often as we have, it has nothing to do with a lockout or training camp, it's just a lack of concentration.
  • Brian Boyle is "driven" and when asked what drives him, he says "My family has sacrificed a lot, time, money, to get me to where I am now. I want to make my folks proud. I look at it like it's my life, it's my passion, it's what I do and am very lucky. What drives me is trying to win and being a champion."
  • Marty Biron is mic'd up.
  • Mike Sullivan and Benoit Allaire share an office and Biron and Allaire speak in french and mention Sullivan's name to mess with him.
  • Marian Gaborik put snow in Sullivan's gloves and Jim Schoenfeld was blamed for it.
  • On Marty Biron, "the way I handle Marty is that I walk away when I am starting to talk to him because if you stand still you never get away from him. I talk quite a bit over my shoulder with him, no lie. Him and Hank are polar opposites in how they handle themselves. I think Marty has been good for Hank, he is a great teammate. We don't do what we do last year if he doesn't play the way he plays. With Marty Biron he is at a great stage, along with the organization, for where he is in his career."
  • On how many games Biron may play, "It's nine, ten, eleven. If we get behind the eight ball then you never know what changes. I have changed a lot of different things just as we have gotten started."
  • John Tortorella explains battles along the wall and how important that is
  • On teaching with tape, "there is more of it this year. I think that is where teaching the concept will happen. The guys came to me, and we lost to Pittsburgh with no legs, and they asked me if we could do our teaching in the tape room rather than the ice. We will lose energy in the games if we keep practicing on the ice."
  • On being flexible, "A lot of people don't think I am, but I am anyway. I think being flexible and being stubborn and knowing when to be either or is very important for a coach. I'm relying on the players as far as the information they give me. I have been with the guys of our team for three or four years and I trust them and I think they trust me and the coaching staff. That is what needs to happen this year because I just don't know how they feel. I may have practiced them too hard and I think it impacted them in a few games. They basically told me that."
  • On the players who talk to Tortorella, "It's usually Cally, Richie and Staalsie that will come talk to me and throw some thoughts at me. Then I will ask them to get a consensus from the team and they did that last week. They told me "we're dead, we haven''t been able to recover from your practices. We know you hate hearing this, but we have to be honest with you." I was upset because I didn't think they should be so tired from a 35 minute practice so I told them to talk to the team and then come back to me. They came back to me and it was a consensus that they couldn't recover."
  • "There is a mutual respect and that is what is so neat and I am very fortunate to have. I know that this isn't a lazy hockey team and they want to take the next step and I know they care."
  • Can you be patient? "It's a great question and a loaded question. With some things you need to be patient and others you can't be, you just don't have the time. I need to be patient with the players and listen to the players as we go through here and I am going to, already have. When it's game time, I can't keep putting out a player who I don't think is going to help us win that game. In a normal season you give them more time to go through the process. I need to see what the flow of the game is and what the momentum is. I will overload with that this year."
  • On what he did during the lockout, "I spent a lot of time working with the animal shelters and dog shelters. We spent a ton of our time there working with them and other charities."
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Jim Mancari, SNYNets.com

The ?Bench Mob? got back to its old ways in the Nets 97-77 win over the Orlando Magic, which completed the four-game sweep of the season series.

The Nets? bench outscored the Magic bench 41-14, which proved to be an integral part of the victory.

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Jim Mancari, SNYNets.com

In the Nets' 113-93 win over the Kings on Saturday night, there were stretches of the game in which P.J. Carlesimo played centers Brook Lopez and Andray Blatche on the floor at the same time.

Kris Humphries missed the game with injury, so Blatche was the first player off the bench to spell Reggie Evans.

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On Saturday night, the Nets defeated the Sacramento Kings by a final score of 113-93.

The Skinny: Each Nets? starter scored two of the team?s first 10 points, with Brooklyn showing great ball movement. The Kings kept it close, led by three three-pointers and 13 first quarter points by John Salmons. The Nets set a new season-high with 36 points on 71 percent shooting in the first quarter and led by five after one.

The Nets? second unit looked like the ?Bench Mob? of old to start the second quarter, as Brooklyn opened a 16-point lead. As part of a 15-2 Nets? run, Mirza Teletovic scored 10 points in his first five minutes of action, including hitting two three-pointers and blocking a shot. MarShon Brooks added eight points in the quarter. The Nets closed out the first half with an 18-point lead and set another new season-high with 65 points at the break. They also set a new high mark by shooting 67.5 percent from the field, which is the highest shooting percentage of any Eastern Conference team in a first half this season.

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Jim Mancari, SNYNets.com

In order to be successful, the Nets need Brook Lopez. And after missing all but five games last season, the concerns about his health were very real. That concern, though, extended to the rest of the team.

Heading into the season, the main key for the new-look Brooklyn Nets was developing chemistry, but health was a close second.

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Keith Bogans

The depth of the Brooklyn Nets' bench is something that we've spoken about before, and as the team continues to practice and get a feel for one another, it's becoming more and more clear that the Nets have quite a few players worthy of getting good minutes.

That's a good problem for any coach to have.

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From 3/15/12

  • On keeping the focus and not paying attention to distractions, Tortorella said "we just try to block it out. We have talked about not paying attention to the standings. It has been a different year this year, but different in a good way"
  • "The room is beginning to self sustain." Tortorella says that you can't keep preaching the same things because you can lose the players. He thinks that it is disrespectful to the players and they need to take the onus
  • Torts talks about how the team needs to stay together and grow together at this time of year.
  • Keenan talks about how teams are going to measure themselves against the Rangers.
  • On Brandon Dubinsky getting benched against Carolina a few weeks ago, Tortorella said that he knew right away that Dubi was done for the night. "he is going to pay the price and a coach is really anxious to see how he responds. I think he has responded tremendously since then." Torts says that they haven't talked about the incident. Torts and Keenan say that players need to deal with their mistakes and that they don't know if they will get back on the ice
  • Keenan tells a story of how he benched Chris Chelios after one shift and then Chelios apologized to his teammates and Keenan after the game for not being ready to play.
  • Mike Rupp is profiled and says that he likes to hold onto the puck in the offensive zone and likes to finish his hits.
  • Tortorella says that he wants more ice time for Rupp but that he has done a great job cultivating the locker room.
  • On Rupp, Torts adds that he has mentored a lot of players in regards to how to be a pro. He says that it has been hard for him on the ice this season and that his knee may still be bugging him a little bit.
  • Torts says that Rupper has helped him on the bench in to calm him down. Rupp will make comments facing the ice but that are meant for Torts.
  • Torts says that one of his weaknesses is that he gets too involved emotionally and it can hurt the team.
  • Keenan and Tortorella say that they know when players are talking to them even if they aren't looking at them.
  • Torts says that you can't hold grudges against players during the game, "you hammer it out as men and then you move on. Those types of situations bring you closer because you go through them all year long"
  • Brian Boyle was mic'd up and kept breaking his sticks during practice
  • Torts says that everything now is about keeping the team fresh
  • Torts diagrams many times how the Rangers try to limit Ilya Kovalchuk;s time and space
  • "We have cut back on a lot of the tape, We feel that the players understand how we have to play"
  • "we have a strong belief that we like the way we play and we are not looking to make a lot of adjustments with that. Don't lose your foundation"
  • On getting stressed, Torts says that you can't be out of your mind and that you are running your hockey club. He says that you need to be solid in how you approach your team everyday and that the stress level needs to be hidden from the players
  • On the Broadway Hat, Torts says that he will never get it and that he is never in the room when it happens. He calls it ridiculous looking and that it belongs with them and it's the only time that the music is shut off in the locker room
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From Late February:

  • On the month of March, Torts says that there are more days off than practice days. "you need to be as fresh as you can"
  • "we have been good, but quite honestly the last few weeks our mindset as dipped as far as how hard you have to play. We aren't a team than can score 4 or 5 goals a game. We need to rely on our structure and how hard we are."
  • Torts says that he has talked with Brad Richards and Ryan Callahan about the schedule and they have come up with a plan together for days of practice and days of rest.
  • Keenan and Torts say that the players look at the league as a whole when looking at the standings and wanting to be the best.
  • Tortorella said "we want to be the best we can be every night"
  • On Marc Staal, Torts says that he gets better and better every day. He says that he knows Staal won't be back to normal until he goes through training camp next season. "the game is a little too quick sometimes"
  • Torts says that he is honest with Staal about his ice time and his role and that other players have stepped up a bit in his absence
  • "we are in a situation now that is a different landscape with teams coming for you" "we are usually looking up trying to find the top guys"--Torts
  • Brian Boyle is profiled and says that he tries to be a physical, honest and play a hard game.
  • Torts says of Boyle, "he has assumed the role of being a hard center, a really good penalty killer and a guy I can use in all situations"
  • On Boyle, Torts says that Boyle continues to grow and uses that line to match against top lines and that he has turned into a really good shot blocker and added a dimension to his game that gives him an edge."he used to be physical because we would tell him to be. Now he is physical because he wants to be"
  • Brandon Prust is mic'd up and John Tortorella says that the team needs to have fun in practice and as long as they come to work, and with this group we haven't had any problems with that.
  • Keenan coached Prust in Calgary and explained that sometimes he needs to be reeled in. Keenan explains that Prust sometimes need to be reminded what his role on the team is and how valuable he can be playing that role.
  • On the goal that Rick Nash scored that tied the game a few weeks ago, John Tortorella said that Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan McDonagh were out of position but that he thinks Henrik Lundqvist should have stopped the shot.
  • On stepping on the logo in the locker room, Tortorella says "don't step on it"John Tortorella says that players get fined if they step on the logo and that Brandon Dubinsky has been fined many times.
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  • John Tortorella and Mike Sullivan start the show since. Mike Keenan is not in this episode
  • Sully says that he is thrilled to be on the show (sarcastic) but that he loves to talk hockey with Torts. They drive in together and Sully likes to think of it as a father/son relationship (joking).
  • Torts coached Sully in Phoenix when he was an assistant coach. Sully says that Torts is the same guy now that he was then and that Sully likes the way that Torts does things as a coach.
  • One of the keys to the team, Sully says, is that the top guys aren't treated any different and there is one standard for all players.
  • Torts says that three coaches, him, Sully and Jim Schoenfeld do everything that relates to the team together and that Torts likes when Sully and Schoeny talk during practice. He says that it's beneficial for the team to hear a different voice, but relay the same message.
  • On Henrik Lundqvist, Torts says that his focus is the key. Torts thinks that Lundqvist can be better than he is now and the opportunity to do that will come in the playoffs.
  • Marty Biron allows Hank to be able to work harder in practice which is something that he hasn't been able to do before.
  • Sully says that Torts trusts his assistant coaches and that means a tremendous amount. All of the coaches express their opinion even if it's different than how Torts thinks.
  • John Mitchell is profiled and says that the strength of his game is protecting the puck and making plays.? Torts likes his wrist shot and the job he does along the wall. Mitchell talks about understanding his role and wanting to do the little things.
  • Torts says that he didn't know who Mitchell was and that he was told he was a top guy in the AHL at the end of last season.
  • Mitchell has done everything that has been asked of him according to Torts and he was surprised by his offensive skill. "If he doesn't hurt us defensively it allows me to see what he has offensively."
  • Brandon Dubinsky is mic'd up and celebrates like crazy when he beats Hank in practice.
  • Torts says that he does a lot of 5 on 5 video before practice and that Sully runs the drills on the ice. Schoeny will warm them up and all three are involved and talk about what needs to be worked on.
  • Sully says, "We are trying to create a team that plays with tempo and if we want to play with tempo, we need to practice with tempo. We try to condition our team to play fast"
  • Torts goes into the film room to talk about teaching the defense and blocking shots. He runs through the tape and he chuckles every time he shows a player block a shot. He loves that everyone sacrifices their body to block shots
  • Jim Schoenfeld joins the show and Torts starts chirping him.
  • On blocking shots, Schoeny talks about paying attention to details and when teams set up, you need to pay the price.
  • There is a point of no return with every shot and the players need to time it and try and be as big as they can be when blocking the shot
  • During games, Schoeny watches from upstairs in sends info down during the intermissions.
  • When asked about the length of the schedule, Torts says that he thinks it is too long, He thinks the brand of hockey would be at a higher level if the schedule is shorter
  • On Gaborik, Torts says that he is a pro and that Gabby knew of his struggles last season and he wanted to be better starting since the exit meetings last season.
  • Schoeny says that it's a game of battles and renewed determination for Gaborik. Gaborik has made an effort to win in all aspects of the ice.
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  • Tortorella says that it is the dog days of the season and that the team needs to be ready to be ready for the grind.
  • He adds that one of the tougher things to do now is handle the normalcy of a regular routine after all the distractions they had in the first half of the season.
  • On the Alumni Game, Keenan says that there were 10 more players on the Flyers bench and that is why the Rangers lost.
  • Torts says that he is "deeply, emotionally involved in the game" and that he wants to protect his hockey club and he was being sarcastic when he made his comments after the Winter Classic about the referees. He says that he can't detach himself emotionally right after the game and has gotten in trouble because of it.
  • Keenan says he was emotionally invested coach as well and what he did was nothing compared to what Keenan did in the past. He says he tried to run across the ice to yell at the time keeper once and it cost him more than Torts' fine did.
  • On 24/7, Torts says that hasn't watched them all yet. He says that the biggest thing for him was not trying to embarrass players. He says that they want to teach and help players get better and that having an uncomfortable situation is all part of the game.
  • Torts says that he would like to have open practices because he thinks that it would bring out the best in players since they like to perform in front of a crowd.
  • On Marc Staal, Torts says that he is getting better and more comfortable in each game.
  • MDZ says that he wants to get involved physically as soon as the game starts. Torts says that MDZ answered the call of what he had to do and says that he isn't getting too far ahead of himself and that is the biggest change for him.
  • Mike Rupp says that he likes to keep it loose during practice because it is suppose to be fun.
  • As a coach, Torts says that his job is to remind the players of what they need to do to be successful
  • Torts says that he LOVES Mike Rupp
  • On pointing out mistakes, Torts says that if players don't understand that they are supposed to learn from their mistakes, they won't understand the coaching staff. He says there are are no issues like that on this team.
  • On the media, Torts says that they think they are entitled to every bit of information and like to tell you how to coach.
  • Torts says that he would be a carpenter if he wasn't a coach. He LOVES working with wood and banging nails. He likes framing up houses and things.
  • Keenan says he also likes working with wood
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  • "I think we have a team that has begun to find it's identity and how we have to play. We just need to do it consistently"
  • Torts says that he is excited by the impact of Carl Hagelin and John Mitchell. "The core group of our guys have consistently gotten to our game"
  • Torts says that you need to be careful about making positive and negative judgments on players like Hagelin and Mitchell. "There is no road map."
  • Torts doesn't think that the Rangers are relying as much on Henrik Lundqvist as much as they were earlier in the season. He is impressed with how the players have responded to being in different situations. "Our back pressure has been so consistent" "Our job as coaches is to keep it consistent"
  • Keenan says that the players are responding to the coaches and that Torts is being humble about what he is saying. "no one celebrates when someone blocks a shot in the ankle" "When you get your talented players working like that you get good results"
  • Brandon Prust says that confidence and being good on the walls is a big part of his game "He is a guy you need to have on your team that everyone pushes for and loves having around because he does all the dirty work and heavy lifting.? I think how he handles himself is very important in how we try to build the style of play." "I just want to contribute to the team. If it's killing penalties or energizing the boys." Prust thinks there is still improvement to come in his game.
  • Torts calls Prust a "glue guy" and someone that players gravitate towards. He does a lot of things along the wall, and fighting, that other players won't do. He is beginning to get his game back now after being banged up. "He doesn't turn away from anyone"
  • Torts says that he has told Prust not to fight in certain situations because he wants that kind of a player on the other team, who may not be that good, to stay on the ice and play. That gives the Rangers an advantage. His teammates really push for him.
  • Ryan McDonagh is mic'd up and says "you practice how you want to play"
  • Torts says that he likes seeing the defensemen communicate in practice. McDonagh and Girardi are a good marriage because it helps McDonagh grow off the ice.
  • Torts says that the team is still building the team concept and that he likes having everyone watch the tape in a group. Torts says that he doesn't want to embarrass as player when he takes them to task during video sessions, he wants to help them get better. He likes confrontation in front of the group because he likes that the truth comes out and thinks that it helps everyone.
  • Torts says that he doesn't hold grudges against players that go after him and he gives players a clean slate every day because they need to work together.
  • Keenan says that he wanted to make players accountable and that the most important thing is the response that they have.
  • On the room, Torts says that during the Stanley Cup season the players took over and that the coaches just needed to be guidance counselors.
  • Torts says the he knows he has made mistakes that have put the team in a bad spot. Torts says that he has apologized to his team when he makes a mistake. "it's not a game for apologies, its about getting it fixed" He says that he makes a lot of mistakes during the game, just as the players do.
  • On savoring a win, Torts says that he doesn't because he knows the next game is coming. Players need to feel good about winning, but also need to get prepared for the next game.
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  • On managing expectations, John T0rtorella says that you think about keeping things going and working on the details. You want to guard against it going the other way quickly.
  • Tortorella and Keenan agree that it is the details and the small things that bring you success or not.
  • Keenan says that when the team is winning the players don't need the coach but it is when they are losing where they need the coach.
  • On Brandon Dubinsky, Torts says that he doesn't think that Dubi and some others have played at a high level on a consistent basis.
  • "I have full trust that he is gonna get going." Torts says that he doesn't talk to struggling offensive players about offense, he talks to them about their play away from the puck.
  • On Dan Girardi, Torts says that he was the most consistent defenseman last season in all areas and he has picked up more responsibility since Marc Staal has been out. He calls Girardi the most underrated defenseman in the league.
  • On the 1-3-1 issue with Tampa, Torts says that he doesn't have a reaction and doesn't want to coach or make comments about another team. He doesn't like when people make comments about the Rangers
  • Keenan says that the 1-3-1 is no surprise but that he didn't like how the Flyers were instructed not to move the puck.
  • Derek Stepan is profiled and Step says that he know he needs to be patient with the puck and make the right decisions. Tortorella calls Step, at 21, a very big part of the present and future of the organization. Stepan says he is still learning a lot as a second year player.
  • On Stepan, Tortorella says "everything about his game is impressive. I can't keep him off the ice." Torts says that he didn't think that Stepan was quick enough in camp but he has found his way with Marian Gaborik.
  • On line changes, again, Torts says that he doesn't want to change the lines and that he only makes changes because he thinks it will benefit the hockey team.
  • On Artem Anisimov, Torts says that he has played his best hockey as a LW.
  • Tortorella says that he isn't the kind of coach to go with a line for 12 games to try to get them going. "it just isn't gonna happen" Bill Pidto tries to take credit for the GAS line but Torts says that he heard it before.
  • They show a clip of a competition between him and Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni held at the Training Center for the Garden of Dreams. He tells the kids that, for them, it is all about listening and trying to be a better person and a better student every day.
  • ?He says to kids it is all about listening and trying to be a better student and person every day. He wants to promote teamwork.
  • The Film Room segment is based around coverage on faceoffs
  • Torts says that he doesn't do a lot of individual film, he likes to do everything in the big group so that everyone can learn. Torts says that he likes to use video to compare how the team is playing at that point to how they have played at other points.
  • Torts thinks that it is 70/30 in terms of showing positive film rather than mistakes
  • On playing Henrik Lundqvist this season, he thinks that Hank will play 63 to 67 games this season. He isn't playing the amount of games that he has before and he is confident in Marty Biron as a back up.
  • He sees a tremendous amount of improvement with his consistency from the end of last season over to this season. Torts loves the competitiveness of Hank and knowing that he needs to improve.
  • Torts thinks that hockey players have an incredibly high pain tolerance. He says that best art of winning the cup was seeing the players handle themselves through all their issues and pain in the playoffs.
  • Torts says that you de-condition during the season and that you need to manage that over the course of the year. The travel and the wear and tear on the body? takes its toll.
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Episode two recap coming tomorrow.

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  • Tortorella says jokingly that he doesn't know why he is back doing the show again.
  • There was no routine during the trip to Europe and Torts says that players are creatures of habit and missed having the structure. The mindset for the trip was all about staying afloat.
  • He mentions how the team didn't have enough practice time while in Europe.
  • Torts says that he likes how close the hockey club is, but warns of the team being too close because they take it easy during practice and such. He says that some tension between the players can be good for the group.
  • On Marc Staal, Torts says that they stopped monitoring him day in day out and now the coaching staff doesn't discuss him, "We can't think about him anymore. We need to coach the players we have right now."
  • Torts says that he likes how the fans like and support Sean Avery.
  • He says that "soft" is a sacrilegious term in the game of hockey and that it "crawled up my spine." Torts says that he regrets going after Thornton in a personal way and says that he let his emotions make the best of him.
  • He says that the comment needed to be addressed, but it should have been done in a way that wasn't so personal against Thornton.
  • Brad Richards is profiled. He says that he wants to have the puck a lot and to create offense. He is trying to be more selfish and score more goals as he gets older. Torts says that "he sees the ice and he can score goals. He is one of our best face off guys."
  • Torts says that Richards is one of the elite players in the league and what makes him special is how he understood how to be a pro at a young age. He wants the young players to see and emulate Richards. "A perfect fit for Brad and a perfect fit for the Rangers."
  • When asked about his input in personnel decisions, Torts says that Glen Sather asks a lot of questions and wants his input on players. Torts says that he pushed very hard for Richards.
  • He says that when Richards struggled in Tampa, while playing with Marty St. Louis, he put him with more grinding players to get him back on his game.
  • "You can't be locked in to something that looks good on paper." Keenan talks about how as a coach you need to see who is and isn't playing well and make line combinations with that.
  • Torts says that he listens to his stomach when making decisions. He says that changing the lines is part of the process.
  • Jeff Woywitka was mic'd up at practice.
  • Torts says that he can't even say Woywitka and that he calls him "Jeff"
  • Both Torts and Keenan agree that conditioning is something that you can control and it makes the players better when they are in shape.
  • Torts shows a video clip on some of the team defensive strategies. The strong side point coverage can't be too low in the zone because it is his job to take the puck and start the offensive rush.
  • As a coach, Torts says that you need to respect the players and can't be on them about things that they have learned and have become instinct. Torts talks about growing with the athletes and that you can start to lose players when you start going over things that they already know.
  • Torts talks about how he doesn't hear the fans unless it is during a time out and that he is so zoned in focusing on the game. Keenan says that he could feel the "roar" of the crowd but that he didn't hear it during a game.
  • On head shots, Torts thinks that if the players can police themselves that head shots and cheap shots will go down. He wants the instigator penalty taken out.
  • Torts says that he is both half empty and half full kind of guy. He says that it isn't a bad thing to be half empty in certain situations
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MSG sent through a press release announcing that Behind The Bench, with John Tortorella and Mike Keenan will return tomorrow night at 6PM.

The show will be twice a month.

I was wondering about this and am excited that it is back.

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  • John Tortorella says that the most important thing is to go day by day and not look ahead. You can't be "too tall" after a win.
  • Tortorella says that it was good for the team to spend time together out west. They had dinner at Glen Sather's house in California during the trip.
  • He called San Jose the best team they had played all season.
  • Keenan and Tortorella both say that the team "exhaled" when they played Anaheim after golfing.
  • Tortorella says that the league needs to be careful about changing the game. He calls some of the concussion stuff "media driven."
  • Michael Sauer is called a "top four" defenseman by Tortorella.
  • Tortorella calls Sauer a "big plus" and talks about the process he went through within the organization. Sauer reads the ice well in the offensive zone.
  • Mats Zuccarello was mic'd during a practice. He says he isn't a morning person. Zuccarello LOVES scoring on Henrik Lundqvist in practice.
  • Tortorella says that Zucc has a great personality and that he handles himself very well. "He doesn't take any crap from anybody." Tortorella calls him a "wiseass."
  • The players broke down the tape from Anaheim without the coaches and then the players and coaches compared notes on the game. Tortorella liked what he saw from the players in doing that.
  • When asked if you can take a good penalty, Tortorella says yes and that if a teammate is being harassed, you need to step in and take the penalty. Those penalties are killed off though.
  • Tortorella says he doesn't relax much during the season. He says that he loves seeing the Broadway shows. He liked the Lion King, Jersey Boys and Million Dollar Quartet. He loves musicals and says he gets lost in the music and hates when they end because then he starts thinking about hockey again.
  • The trainers and coaches decide when a player listed as day to day will play.
  • The use of "upper" and "lower" body injuries come because coaches don't want players to be put in vulnerable situations
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  • John Tortorella says that the team needs to embrace the challenge that lies ahead of them with the battle for the playoffs.
  • In the long term, Tortorella says, it's a great opportunity for the team to grow.
  • He says that the team wants to make the playoffs, but that this season has seen a lot of growth for the organization and it's players. "We are on the right road." Tortorella again spoke of the need to go through the process to get where the team wants to be.
  • On Bryan McCabe, Tortorella says that he was brought in to add some leadership to the defense and because of his shot from the point. He hopes that McCabe's shooting is "contagious."
  • The trade for McCabe allows Michael Del Zotto to play in the minors and develop the right way. (NOTE: Not sure if this was filmed before Del Zotto was injured)
  • Mike Keenan says that McCabe "cares" and that is extremely important qulaity for a player to have.
  • Tortorella said that Martin Biron probably would have had two or three more starts down the stretch and the plan was for him to get around 17-20 games this season. He isn't sure he can use Chad Johnson down the stretch, but it's Henrik Lundqvist's team.
  • Mats Zuccarello was profiled and talked about playing two-way hockey and that creating is the more important thing. Tortorella says that Zucc "creates offense," and called him one of their most "creative forwards." Tortorella labled him a great surprise and that he went to the minors with the right attitude earlier in the season.
  • Derek Stepan was mic'd at practice and seemed like he was having a blast.
  • Tortorella says that Stepan "gets it mentally" and that he is having fun. He doesn't let the highs or lows get to him.
  • Jokingly, Tortorella says that he would like to see some legislation against teams that use the "trap." Tortorella and Keenan both said they wouldn't have taken the red line out. Tortorella says that some players like? the trap because it limits skating and Keenan says that both Mark Messier and Wayne Gretzky didn't want to play the trap.
  • Asked if he gets nervous before games, Tortorella says he feel anxious before the game. Keenan called being nervous before a game, "getting ready."
  • Tortorella says that any team in the East can be beaten and that it's about how you are playing at that time in the playoffs. You ride the momentum.
  • Tortorella calls coaching the greatest and the lousiest job in the world. Says he loves the highs and lows and dealing with them as the best part of coaching.
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Note: This Episode Is From February 22nd
  • John Tortorella says that the team wasn't playing badly during their 0-5-1 stretch and that they were trying to stay positive.
  • Tortorella says that the team is trying bad angle shots because it's tough to make plays in the middle of the ice. They want the defense more involved in the rush.
  • Mike Keenan talks about having a structure on both offense and defense to put players in the best position to succeed.
  • Tortorella talks of simplifying things on the powerplay and putting people in front of the net to create more offense.
  • He says that practicing the poweprlay can hurt it because it could sap it of creativity and make it to rigid.
  • Tortorella says that the Trevor Gillies incident with the Penguins "wasn't hockey." He thinks that fighting needs to stay in the game and brings up the issue of players not respecting each other.
  • The coach is responsible for what the mindset of the team is.
  • Tortorella talks about Dan Girardi's worth ethic and how it has brought him to the NHL level. Tortorella called him a "top four defenseman" in the National Hockey League.
  • They show John Tortorella working with kids at a Garden of Dreams function from earlier in the month.
  • Tortorella says that a big part of creating offense is involving the defensemen. Once they are out of the defensive zone, the defenseman are free to join the rush.
  • While saying that it is risky, Tortorella says that Henrik Lundqvist is paid a lot of money to make saves if there is an odd-man rush because of defenseman joining the play.
  • Asked what characteristic he likes to see in a player, Tortorella says that he wants a guy who wants to make a difference on the ice. He doesn't like indecisiveness.
  • Tortorella says that he picks out the suits he wears, but his wife does all the shopping.
  • Asked about timeouts, Tortorella says that he uses his stomach when deciding when to call a timeout. He says that the players know what is going on and that sometimes they just need to take a deep breath and look at the game.
  • Keenan says that he used timeouts instinctively and that he would cheat the system to get more time for his players to rest.
  • Tortorella says that players won't listen to coaches if they are on them all the times. Coaches need to be selective when they approach players and that the team needs to sustain itself in the locker room.
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  • John Tortorella says that the rest Ryan Callahan had because of his injury will be a big help down the stretch.
  • He says that the returning players need to come into the lineup and play the way the team has played this season.
  • Torts says that he has a bunch of different lineups and that if someone is scratched it's because it will be the best for the team.
  • He says that he will go about taking players out of the lineup in an honest fashion and make the best choices for the hockey team.
  • Ryan Callahan's injury worried Torts more than the Marian Gaborik injury did. He gives credit to Ken Gernander for how the players on the Whale have stepped up when called upon.
  • Tortorella laughs and says that he watches the Knicks and has gotten to know Mike D'Antoni well. He doesn't know what kind of player Carmelo Anthony is though.
  • Torts says that the Rangers aren't where they want to be in regards to competing for the Stanley Cup. He emphasizes that they are building a team to compete. They still have ways to go get to that level and when they get there they could be contending for a while.
  • Keenan says not to discount anything when you make the playoffs because they could develop a confidence to win games and go far.
  • Derek Stepan says he is competing hard and playing with an edge. It's all about having the right mindset.
  • He says it's about handling the dips in confidence that make you a better player.
  • Torts says with a smile that Stepan is still growing as a player. After his dip in play Tortorella said that he is continuing to grow as a player offensively and defensively. He says that Stepan respects the game, is intelligent and knows the history of hockey.
  • When he was with Tampa Bay, Torts says that he went along with the same track but that his team had no idea what they were doing when they won the Stanley Cup.
  • Teaching is the part that Torts likes the most of coaching.
  • It's not X's and O's it's situations and intangibles that need to be taught.
  • Marc Staal was mic'd during practice. He says that after a day off you want a good skate to get your legs going.
  • Torts says that he uses practice to test new line combinations. He says that you don't get a lot of information during practice but you can get an idea of how players will play together.
  • He says that it's hard to get three players to work well together but cites Brian Boyle and Brandon Prust as two players who are great together.
  • Torts breaks down Carolina game tape in the video session part of the show.
  • He says that he doesn't sleep much during the season and that even at home he is replaying the game. He needs to know how to address the team the right way the next morning at practice.
  • Keenan says that you need to get better every day.
  • Torts says that you need to coach the way you coach and not to coach to keep your job. If higher ups don't like it, you get fired.
  • Asked how it felt to hoist the Stanley Cup, Torts says that the best part was the process it took to get there. He says he doesn't even remember actually holding the cup at the time. Keenan says that he remembers lifting the cup for the first time when Mark Messier handed it to him.
  • Asked why he hates shootouts, Torts says that when you play 65 minutes as a team you need to finish the game as a team, not as individuals. Torts says that he likes the idea of 4 on 4 to 3 on 3.
  • Torts says that he doesn't grade his players but that he sits down with management a few times a season to talk about players. He likes to use that time with video and teaching his players.
  • Keenan graded his players every day with numbers. He graded them on a scale of 0,1,2
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  • John Tortorella says that the Rangers have handled the close games very well due to the innocence of the young team, they keep trying and working. The experience in finding ways to win is going to help later in the season and in the playoffs.
  • In talking about the close games Torts says that they don't blow up, they don't break away, they just keep going with the team concept.
  • Mike Keenan is wearing a jacket and tie with jeans and says that it's a playoff game every night at this point in the season.
  • Torts says that he couldn't be prouder with the organization and how things are going with the kids.
  • He calls Henrik Lundqvist is the backbone of the club and his intensity filters through the team.
  • Torts called Marc Staal an all star and said that Derek Stepan respects the game. Lundqvist, Staal and Stepan are all a big part of where the team is going to go.
  • Staal is really taking the initiative with joining the rush this season.
  • The all-star break doesn't concern John Tortorella. He says the teams conditioning is at a very high level and that league wide it will be a sloppy first game back.
  • Vinny Prospal is a key part of the powerplay
  • Tortorella called Michal Rozsival a good player and his competitiveness grew since Tortorella started coaching the team. Says he is a 22 minute a night NHL defenseman
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  • In regards to Wojtek Wolski, Torts says that he will be broken into the Rangers system. Given bits of it piece by piece.
  • Torts says that he can't say Wolski's name. Says he missed a shift because he forget his name. Calls him Wooly instead.
  • Practice is everything about the Rangers game according to Tortorella. Players need to understand that practice needs to be sharp and quick and that if you cheat in practice it will show up in the games.
  • The team is very detailed oriented.
  • Matt Gilroy says that defense is still new to him but he kept working to get back into the lineup.
  • Torts says that Gilroy is more fluid now, looking to make plays.
  • Gilroy says that you can't take an easy breath because it could be your last.
  • Torts says that the team doesn't have a playbook, but instead a team concept. He calls hockey an instinctive game and that you need a foundation to prepare for situations. If you are thinking to much you will be an awful player.
  • Keenan said he once had a playbook when he was coaching St. Louis and it was taken by a hotel maid and it ended up in the newspaper.
  • Asked if he ever second guesses himself, Torts says that it isn't second guessing as much as it is self evaluating
  • Keenan says you can't second guess yourself.
  • During intermission Tortorella says that he is correcting and/or reinforcing the team concept. Its about trying to be better for the next period.
  • He doesn't go into the locker room after games because it's an emotional situation and you don't want to damage anything. Win or lose he waits until the next day to address the team.
  • Tortorella didn't like the camera's in the locker room during the intermission on 24/7. Says that should stay within the team.
  • Torts says that he doesn't have any superstitions
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  • At the halfway point, John Tortorella says that the Rangers have found their way and their identity. Says that they need to be harder and they will get back to playing that way.
  • He is concerned that the second half will be tough and that the Rangers need to raise their game for it.
  • Torts says that the Rangers are missing Erik Christensen.
  • Tortorella says it's about finding a way to win with all the injuries that the team has suffered.
  • On Michael Del Zotto, Torts says, it wasn't a difficult decision and it's the best thing for Michael and the hockey team. Says it's about developing people and that down the line in his career, Del Zotto will look back on this and say it was for the best.
  • Sergei Zubov was sent to the minors and Mike Keenan says it was the best thing that ever happened to Zubov.
  • Tortorella again says that Del Zotto is a big part of the core and will be there when the team gets to where it wants to be.
  • Torts says that the Rangers still have to focus on practice or they "will be done." Says they are ready to practice everyday.
  • Brandon Dubinsky is growing up according to Tortorella andthe most important thing Dubi has done is keep himself in mental check. When he had a good game he would get too big and after a bad game he would get too low. Now he is finding the right balance. Still has a lot of improvement ahead of him.
  • Torts breaks down two of the Rangers powerplay breakouts
  • The team needs to score more situational goals on the powerplay. Says Marian Gaborik's confidence is coming back but the team needs him to be "the guy" again
  • Bill Pidto asks about how a player such as Marian Gaborik, with all the talent that he has, can lose his confidence. Tortorella says that players get down when they aren't contributing but that they need to work within the team system to regain their confidence.
  • Asked why he changes the lines so much, Torts says that when things are stale you need to make a change. Says injuries are the reason he has changed the lines this season. but overall he is comfortable with the team. Says he relies on his gut and when he thinks there is a change to be made, he makes it.
  • Keenan talks of benching Glen Anderson so that Alex Kovalev could double shift and change Game Six against the Devils in 1994.
  • Torts thinks there should be a mutual respect between the referees and the coaches but there is some gamesmanship between the coaches.
  • "Blocking shots you are going to get hurt"
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  • John Tortorella talks about riding the peaks when you are winning and pounding on the team concept to keep it up.
  • Torts says he is constantly thinking about the game, but that the players need to get away from it sometimes
  • Tortorella puts it bluntly "you don't want to lose."
  • The Rangers get the most days off in the league Tortorella thinks. The players need a mental break more than a physical one
  • The whole team has combined for leadership and the young players have shown their leadership through their play.
  • Torts likes this hockey club because of the young foundation.
  • Brian Boyle was had a microphone on him at practice, he talks....a lot.
  • Torts says that the Rangers overcoach during practice. Says the players need to know why they are doing the drill.
  • Practice is 45-50 minutes TOPS with the conditioning element inside the practice and not at the end, which Torts says the players like.
  • Michael Del Zotto was profiled and Tortorella says that he needs to use his abilities and let the game come to him
  • Torts says he is coming a long and has a lot to learn. He is a "HUGE" part of the core. Torts doesn't want Del Zotto, or the other young players, to be stupid away from the ice, he wants them to have fun, but not to be stupid.
...I think this was the best episode to date and I really hope that they continue to do the show. It was interesting to hear about practice and nearly everything Torts says is about the foundation and/or the core of the team. It is the big picture element that I love about Torts. It isn't about winning this year, it's about trying to win but making yourself a better team so that you can always be competing.

  • In the Film Room, Torts talks about the defensive zone.
  • Tortorella doesn't like the idea of a coaches challenge. For shootouts, he would rather pick one player at time rather than three.
  • Keenan would like the coaches challenge to make a play right if it was made wrong.
  • Tortorella says that plenty of players don't listen to the coach. He says that the coach is there to help make a player better. Torts likes conflict because it shows honesty.
  • The coaches need to listen as well to the players because they see the game differently. Keenan learned about winning from Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier because of how they saw the game.
  • The best advice Torts says he received was that you need to be true to yourself. You can't coach to make everyone happy.
  • On Sean Avery, Torts says that his role hasn't changed, he needs to play with an edge but keep his discipline. Sean needs to believe that he is a good player. Keenan talks about Esa Tikkanen as someone to compare to Avery.
  • Gabby needs to be "one hell of a player" all the time Tortorella said.
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  • John Tortorella, Mike Keenan and Bill Pidto have moved to a set on the ice at the Rangers practice facility. Pidto is no longer wearing jeans.
  • For the film sessions that Tortorella conducts, he does them in one take. This impresses Pidto immensely.
  • Torts says that he thinks he could host the show
  • When talking about Marian Gaborik Torts talks about how he "gets it." Says that Gabby needs to get into a groove and that he will find his game. Says that Gabby wants to be pushed to make the team better.
  • Keenan says that you need to know which buttons to press when it comes to star players.
  • Tortorella thinks that Erik Christensen can be the guy to center Gaborik. Artem Anisimov dropped off and will go through some down times, but is a very important guy down the middle.
  • Keenan says you need to read and react when it comes to changing lines and finding chemistry.
  • They both agree in saying that you can't be vanilla and think that things will fall into place and that sometimes changes are needed to get the teams going.
  • Marty Biron was mic'd for a practice. Says that he takes practice as seriously as he would a game.
  • He talks to Benoit Allaire in French. He is very supportive of his teammates during drills.
  • Tortorella leaves the goalies alone unless he is going to pull them.
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  • Torts says that the type of jump that Brian Boyle made isn't seen much at the NHL level. He had a mindset to play with the Rangers. Torts says that Boyle was penciled in to play in Hartford before training camp.
  • Players need to believe in themselves to reach their potential. Keenan talks about Chris Pronger "figuring it out" in a playoff series and taking off as a player.
  • Torts does a film breakdown of locking down the neutral zone. Calls it the most important zone in hockey.
  • On film sessions, Torts says that the Rangers spend the most time looking at their execution of plays. He also says that the Rangers watch between 35-45 clips per film session.
  • Torts says that if a coach goes about his job "to be liked" he won't last long. "Conflict is healthy and when you work through it as men, you become closer."
  • Torts calls coaches, "guidance counselors." They need to guide players down the right paths.
  • Fighting should be in the game and is needed to have the players police themselves. It brings a respect and honesty to the game Tortorella says.
  • Torts does say though, that fights after clean hits need to be stopped
  • Keenan talks about players needing to be ready when the game starts and if they aren't, they get switched around.
  • When it comes to star players wanting to play or being double shifted, both agree that the player in question needs to produce something on the ice to warrant the playing time. They both say that they can feel the eyes of a star player on them who wants to be on the ice. Keenan talks of seeing Mark Messier with basically one leg over the boards ready to jump on.
  • Torts says that he doesn't want to over coach Sean Avery. He tries to let Avery play his game, do his thing and lets him sit at the far end of the bench.
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  • John Tortorella said he respected Mike Keenan as he was a coach coming through the ranks.
  • Torts is wearing his coaching jumpsuit. Bill Pidto and Keenan are wearing jeans.
  • Tortorella says that the team needs to be built with "our kids."
  • Torts says that the team doesn't talk about the injuries they have suffered. He adds that the injuries are great opportunities for kids like Artem Anisimov, Brian Boyle, Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan
  • Tortorella says that he hates pulling a goalie. Says that Henrik Lundqvist "hates" him because Hank wants to play every night
  • Just like when he was coaching in Tampa Bay, Tortorella says that Ruslan Fedotenko falls down five times a practice and five times during a game
  • Mike Sullivan runs the Rangers powerplay, Jim Schoenfeld runs the penalty kill and Torts does all five on five but they all work together on everything.
  • Defense is the hardest position to play on the ice according to Tortorella. He feels that goaltending is the most important though.
  • On his preparation and philosophy, Tortorella says that they spend the first half of the season teaching the team concept. He also says that he spends three and a half hours breaking down game tape and cutting clips to show the team what they did well and what they can improve on.
  • During the season, Torts says he lives under a rock and is only focused on the team. He goes to the practice facility and MSG and that is it
  • Keenan said that he enjoyed coaching in New York and respected the knowledge of the fans
  • Torts says that there has been a lack of respect among the players lately as players still take liberties against players in bad situations
  • There needs to be more honesty in the game and the game needs to return to the players
  • If the players police themselves, hits to the heads could go away according to Tortorella
...I enjoyed this show and I think it showed a really nice side of Tortorella. He was laughing and while he probably would rather have not done the show, he took it in stride and seemed to have a nice time. I couldn't really tell though if he and Mike Keenan like each other. There is mutual respect and that was clear, but just because you respect someone doesn't mean that you like them.

I hope they do it again but engage Mike Keenan in a different way.

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