The mutual trust that’s been built between John Tortorella and his players has become an essential ingredient of the Rangers’ DNA.

But even as the coach whose whistle has been at least temporarily silenced reiterated his trust in his athletes yesterday during a phone conversation with The Post, Tortorella also admitted concern over the effect the lockout could have on the Blueshirts’ intelligent design.

“To be quite honest, it worries me,” Tortorella said. “When our guys report to camp in September under normal circumstances, they have a physical and mental edge from preparing for our testing that’s extremely important to the way we go about our business as a hockey club.


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