Glen Sather put the heat on John Tortorella on Monday afternoon, claiming not only that the New York Rangers will win the 2012 Winter Classic against the Philadelphia Flyers, but that they'll also win the 2012 Stanley Cup. Oh, and Joe Girardi: Sather guaranteed in front of the Philly crowd that the Yankees are going to win the World Series, too, so... you know, no pressure.
Sather got into a bit of a playful war of words with Flyers owner Ed Snider following his guarantee, saying how he remembered beating Philadelphia a few times on the way to a few Stanley Cups with the Edmonton Oilers in the 1980s.
"I respect the fans in Philadelphia," said Sather. "I'm sorry that we kicked the hell out of you twice in the Stanley Cup. We're going to do the same thing on the 2nd. At the end of the year we will be carrying the Cup, just like the Yankees are going to have the World Championship, as well."
"All kidding aside, thank you very much. It's been a very warm welcome for us, and we do expect to give you some challenges. Thank you very much."
Snider wasn't going to let him get off that easily.
"When he says, 'We kicked the hell out of you in two Stanley Cups,' he wasn't talking the Rangers," said Snider. "I remember kicking the hell out of the Rangers on the way to our Cups."