Angry Torts benches Rangers’ Redden, Kotalik
New York Rangers coach John Tortorella is making good on his vow
to shake up his struggling lineup.
One night after a lifeless 2-1 loss at home to the New York
Islanders, Tortorella benched veteran defenseman Wade Redden and
forward Ales Kotalik, and dropped captain Chris Drury to the fourth
line for the rematch Thursday night on Long Island.
The Rangers fell behind 1-0 on Wednesday in the first period and
were outshot 10-3 in the frame. They didn’t get a puck past
Islanders goalie Dwayne Roloson until the final minute of the
“The guys that are out has to do with their play,” Tortorella
said. “It’s never over one game, but it has to do with their
Redden, in the second season of a six-year deal with the
Rangers, responded angrily to being scratched and got into an
argument with Tortorella before the morning skate Thursday.