Rangers News: Thoughts from Coach Tortorella on first cuts

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In discussing why Ilkka Heikkinen, who is coming over from the Finnish league, is still assigned to the Rangers while Mike Sauer, picked in the second round, 40th overall, of the 2005 draft, has been assigned to Hartford (AHL), Tortorella said it was "due to play, Heikkinen has caught our eye a little bit to take a look for a little longer. I told Mike in the meeting, he shouldn't take this in the wrong way."

Here's the quote from Tortorella when asked about the overall play of his defensemen.

"I like what I see from the kids," Tortorella said. "As far as the veteran guys, I'm not crazy about what's going on there. I'm not crazy about a few guys on the blue line in how they've played."

Wade, Michal, are you listening?

I think everyone knew this, but Marian Gaborik will not play tonight, but may see the ice tomorrow against the Chowds.