"I thought that was hilarious, but true. And very, very calculated. Coaches and captains who have their finger on the pulse do stuff like that from time to time. Tortorella knew exactly what he was doing. He was getting a message to his team, which really was pretty lousy and soft and disinterested and distracted. And he was doing it without having to stand there and answer questions about individuals who stunk. And he was, at the same time, firing a distracting pre-emptive strike in the media (especially since there was probably a ton of Canadian media there at the time)."
...i'm going to disagree with Carp here. I just think this is how Torts is. He's pissed and he knows if he starts answering questions it's only going to piss him off more to the point of where he'll probably do or say something stupid.
...plus he could care less what the media thinks of him.
...and if he was trying to take the pressure off of the team by doing this as Carp suggests I don't think it worked very well because I heard much more about the lack of scoring, power play success and discipline yesterday than about Torts' presser from the fans.
Apparently Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson was impressed with Torts as he tweeted this (via CBS Sports)...
"Impressive Torts! U just set a new presser record at 16 secs. I'm going to break that record!"
torts was being a baby. yes, the team sucked but dont be a dick to the media... oh wait, he always is.
Ah New York. It really does take a certain kind of person to play/coach/GM here. I applaud Torts for what he did. It's not like he just didn't show up, he said the team sucked in every area. Really, what more is there to say??? Was the media going to get some deep insight into why he changed lines or why they couldn't generate offense? Of course not, they were just going to get the same answers to each question spoken 15 different ways. They sucked, now let's move on. I do think it's fair to ask, on Sunday after everything settles down, how he plans to address things to ensure Saturday does not happen tonight and if he walked out of that then it would be wrong.
A better question then to ask on Sunday, then "how he plans to address things to ensure Saturday does not happen tonight" would be what part of Torts offseason plan for this team is not going right, that this team is having the same problems that have plagued them the last two seasons. Torts wasn't looking out for the guys, he was looking out for himself.
I think by not answering media questions torts just sends the media guys to the players with the same questions. How does that take pressure off of them? I like torts for his fire and his Passion I just think he can be a coward sometimes for not sitting in front of the press and answering tough questions. I understand some reporters ask stupid questions, and I am okay with him blasting them for it. I am not okay with just wussing out...
@Ranger Dave Couldn't agree more here! Torts is REASON these guys are struggling, and I think that's where the questions would have headed. He isn't brining anything to the table, he hasn't come up with a decent game plan or made adjustments to his systems, all he does is shuffle lines.
@Ranger Dave He apparently went to the Albert Pujols School of Interviewing.