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Torts: Confident league will ignore Boudreau "whining"

Rangers head coach John Tortorella signals players late

Rangers head coach John Tortorella signals players late in the third period against the Washington Capitals in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. (April 15, 2011) Photo Credit: Getty

Bruce Boudreau complained about the Garden facilities. . . Marc Staal's interference on a Caps goal.  . . That the Rangers are targeting Mike Green's head.

"We are confident that the officials won't be influenced by all the whining going on," said coach John Tortorella. 

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Tortorella says no sense in "bag-skating" Mats Zuccarello, who was sent down to the A yesterday. Says he's be better off playing in Whale playoffs.

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Tortorella also changing up the Rangers schedule. Hotel in Manhattan, team dinner, pre-game morning skate at MSG. "I'm not sequestering them in the hotel," he said.  The skate is optional also...

Also tried that format in 2009 vs Caps. Believe Rangers lost 2 of 3. Of course, different group of guys now...

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NHL TV deal with NBC/Versus is 10 years, $2 billion. 100 games a year minimum between the two, will split playoffs. Am also told Versus will be changing name during summer. Have to believe it will be NBC-something, NBCVersus, NHLNBC, NBCONICE...In fact, if you have a suggestion, send it along...

More to come...

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