Wade Redden, Ales Kotalik: Benched and bitter
The veteran defeseman and forward, who each admit they haven't been playing well, will watch from the stands here in Uniondale tonight. "It's the decision of the coaches," said Kotalik, who was in the hallway working on his stick after spending an extra hour on the ice with coach Mike Sullivan, Redden and healthy scratch Aaron Voros. (Bobby Sanguinetti and Erik Christensen will be in the lineup tonight) . "It doesn't matter whether I agree or not," Kotalik said. "When you're not playing well, things can happen. I don;t want to say anything. Don't force me to say anything else."
For the record, coach John Tortorella said: "It's because of their play. It's never about one game."
Redden, a healthy scratch for the first time this season, felt he was singled out. "I wasn't happy coming in and seeing my name on the scratched list," he said, and a loud, closed-door discussion ensued. "Draw your own conclusions. We haven't gotten things done...Obviously, he wants to shake things up and I'm an example....This kind of lays it all on the table, to be sitting out" said Redden, who addded "I do" when asked if he felt he had more to give. "All I can do is show them I want to be out there and then I've got to deliver. I've got to come back and be ready."
Tortorella, who didn't fling around any ^&^%$#! this morning, nonetheless wouldn't divulge anything more than the players who were in and out. Henrik Lundqvist will be back in goal, not Chad Johnson, although Tortorella conceded: "I thought about it."
Probably not for long, however. This team desperately needs a win and a rookie debuting in the NHL is not the way to go, as we've written...