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Fuming Tortorella scratches Kotalik, Redden

Former Sabre Ales Kotalik and ex-Ottawa defenseman Wade Redden, a pair of big-ticket busts, are going to be healthy scratches for the Rangers tonight in their rematch tonight against the Islanders in Nassau Coliseum.

Kotalik is a great guy but anyone who watched the Sabres over the years knew the Rangers were making a huge mistake by giving him three years and $9 million and thinking they were getting a power forward. Great on shootouts, great blasting away on the power play from the point but what else? Didn't any of Glen Sather's scouts point that out? Maybe that's why the Rangers are where they are.

Coach John Tortorella went nuclear as only he can after Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the Isles at Madison Square Garden, with a press conference that included a string of f-bombs capped by the typical coach walkout. He promised changes today. And he apparently had a heated exchange today with Redden, a scratch for the first time in his 13-year career.

The Rangers are 7-15-3 since a 7-1 start. They've won just once in their last nine games (yep, the one was Dec. 5 in HSBC Arena). They're tied for 11th in the East and just one point away from being in 14th. They're getting nothing from Chris Drury. And as New York Post columnist Larry Brooks wrote today, "Now is the time for the head coach to justify the badge on his chest by figuring out how to reduce Chris Drury's minutes and responsibility without embarrassing the earnest but painfully ineffective captain, no easy task at all."

It's a good thing for this league that the Rangers, Flyers and Canadiens are going in the tank this season. Just shows you can't buy success. You still have to buy the right players, not just any big names.

Here's Tortorella's presser from Wednesday night. The guy is a piece of work.

---Mike Harrington

(www.twitter.com/bnharrington)

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

@BNHarrington | mharrington@buffnews.com


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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