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Tortorella OK with one assistant on bench

Rangers coach John Tortorella spoke to league officials

Rangers coach John Tortorella spoke to league officials about what he felt was lopsided officiating the last time his team faced the Penguins. (Nov. 15, 2010) Photo Credit: AP

RALEIGH, N.C. - Besides Mike Sullivan, don't expect to see a second assistant coach on the Rangers' bench. John Tortorella is fine with one.

"I think we overcoach anyway," Tortorella said Thursday night. "You put another coach on the bench, we're really going to overcoach. Schoney's [assistant GM Jim Schoenfeld] done a great job, we spend a couple minutes between periods, but it's such a quick game, I just don't think you need a lot of bodies. Sully handles the defense, I handle the forwards, we talk."

Given the injury issues and the continuing call-ups from Hartford, Tortorella was asked, "If you were injured, would the organization bring up Whale coach Ken Germander?"

"I'm sure you guys will have many -- candidates," he said. "I'm sure you have a list of them."

McDonagh makes strides

Rookie defenseman Ryan McDonagh has played only eight NHL games but is assuming more responsibility. He played a career-high 21:21 with partner Steve Eminger on Wednesday against the Maple Leafs, including 1:26 on the penalty kill.

"We had him kill some," said Tortorella, who wants to trim back the ice time of workhorse blueliners Marc Staal and Dan Girardi. He added, "We want to see if McDonagh can take another piece of the pie. We have to get them in some other situations."

Kolarik debuts

Forward Chad Kolarik (pronounced Koh-lor-ik), who played two NHL games for Columbus, made his Rangers debut Thursday night and earned his first NHL point. McDonagh also got his first NHL point on Brandon Prust's goal.

Call-up Brodie Dupont was a healthy scratch.

"Kolarik has 16, 17 goals down there, so maybe he kicks in a goal for us," Tortorella said before the game. "Brodie brings a more physical presence."

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