Dolan remarked that he was very proud of the organization and thought that the Rangers were "close" to winning the Stanley Cup.
John Tortorella instantly jumped in with an "easy" during Dolan's comments and later on in the press conference added:
It's part of the process of growing up as a team. I talk about it all the time, it's the momentum and trying to keep the momentum on our side and when you lose it to try and get it back as quickly as you can. You need to come back and find a way to get points and right now up to this point we have done a pretty good job of that. We just have to go about our business, I mean I have my owner up here talking about a Stanley Cup and that is a bunch of bulls**t. We need to take one day at a time and that will help us try to keep the momentum and grab it when you lose it.
Adam Rotter: All Dolan did was speak the truth. They are "close to the cup. They aren't there yet, but they are close. He looks at the big picture while John Tortorella looks at it game by game, the same way most of us do. They still have work to do, but they are "close" to the Stanley Cup and the closest they have been since 1997.
I have no issue with Dolan as owner of the Rangers. He is hands off and lets Glen Sather and his crew run the team. He doesn't meddle in trade talks, spends to the cap and is eating Wade Redden's contract in Hartford. Not every owner would do that. Sure, he is battling with Time Warner and has his Knicks issues, but from the standpoint of the Rangers, I think they could do a lot worse.
#NYr Torts on Dolan's Cup comments: "I liked his emotion last night as far as being with us and supporting us. He's part of that."Update: 3:52PM: In the NY Post, it is reported that Dolan called Tortorella today and the two laughed about the comments.
— Katie Strang (@KatieStrangESPN) January 18, 2012