Yesterday, John Tortorella was a guest on the Michael Kay Radio Show and discussed a number of things including his relationship with Glen Sather, Henrik Lundqvist and more...
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...i say it all the time, but Torts is amazing in these radio interviews. Very candid. If he was like this with the beat writers and national media the perception of him would be very different.
...loved hearing him discuss the clashes and arguments he had with Sather. Man, I wish I could have been a fly on the wall for those.
Whether Torts is being open and forthcoming or abrupt and abrasive, I always take something away from what he has to say. This is a great interview & I wish him the best of luck. Thanks for posting.
this interview gives me a little closure with Torts. a good guy...a tough guy. praise be. understands he needs to change some things, knows who the boss is, and leaves with no hard feelings. best of luck in Vancouver! we go forward with another great coach that our offensive talent should bloom with.
Love how people say the team hated him....as if they knew. "No....seriously, I know a guy...who knows dis guy, who is the brother of a player.." Haha.
As if you can determine ANYBODY's character through the media lens, or press conferences, or third hand news.
Someone actually posted below that he is a "crazed bully". If Torts was "crazed" then what adjective do you dredge up for Aaron Hernandez, or do you just throw a bunch of "really"s in front of it. LOL
And if that innocuous comment toward Sam Rosen is considered being a douche....well, let's just say it kinda leaves you with no where to go, doesn't it?
Holy crap....hyperbole must be the word for the day.
When did being annoyed become worthy of character assassination?
These people who thought Tort's was abusive are comical - Faberge eggs.
From everything I could see, and strategy notwithstanding, Torts was like some of my favorite hockey coaches, demanding, tough and consistent.
Oh...and one last thing creampuffs. Unlike Torts, where no player has come out and said they didn't like playing for him, Scotty Bowman was openly disliked by a ton of players, spawning the now famous quote: "You hate him for 364 days and then you pick up your ring."
Those who condemn Torts for the very mild annoyance he has shown to the media are truly hypersensitive twits. Jesus Christ, how would they handle Ted Williams now, or Billy Martin, or anyone who didn't believe that genuflecting to the media was part of their job description. Babies. Toughen up.
Very good interview! While I do believe it was time for Torts to go, I still appreciate what he gave to the organization. He shows in this interview what a decent man he is. I will miss him.
That was a really pleasant interview, and I agree that Torts is generally a good guy, but I feel like they went easy on him with the questions. They should have taken him to task on the powerplay, talked more about how he sees his style of hockey in a faster NHL, and discussed the Hagelin comments in the playoffs. I dont just want Torts flipping out in the interview, I just would love to hear him answer some tough questions.
Torts is a great guy. I think people who think otherwise are just too soft to understand it. He's a tough love type. Great guy, great coach. We'll miss him, sometimes change is good though
You must have had your ears closed for the four plus years he was in ny. He is opposite of a good guy a little angry, sore loser, bully would be more accurate.
Difference is Martin and Williams didn't have blogs, YouTube, etc. If they did I'm sure the perception would be a lot different. As for knowing if players like him or not I have no idea it's just a guess. But a guess based on the articles written by bunch of reputable reporters after his dismissal that it was mostly based on players exit interviews. Also a few years ago there was a nhlpa poll that had him second behind his smug buddy Ron Wilson as coach players least likely wanted to play for.
@Chris ErwinYeah you're right, focus on his interviews with the NY media, not his work with disabled kids, his work with abused animals, how he helped with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. But he called Brooks an ass, so he must be a piece of shit......
@Chriserwin Reputable doesn't apply to the media - please follow. Journalism, be it sports, or news, does not exist anymore. We don't live in a world of reporters anymore. They don't exist. There is no reporting on anything. It has been replaced by opining, entertainment; a chase for advertising dollars. As such, EVERYONE has an agenda far, far beyond reporting. It is sensationalistic bullshit.
Tort's agenda was to win hockey games; along with the GM to create a product worthy of people spending money to watch. As such, he has ZERO obligation to oblige these mercenary (and all too often ridiculously uninformed/uneducated on the topic) media whores anything but a few minutes of his time.
BUT....to your point that blogs and such didn't exist, that only underscores the fact that stories of players disdain for Torts are unfounded. Do you think in this day and age where literally everything someone says is on the internet seconds later that somehow this mass dislike for Torts could be kept under wraps to the point of having exactly ZERO comments from any player on the team??
you don't know
He was a douche to Sam Rosen and got in confrontation with fans. Jerry Sandusky had entire foundation. I don't think it's to much to ask to act like a civil human not some crazed bully when your performing a basic part of your job. And if up you thhink it's cool to be erk to media it seems his players thought he was a jerk also.
Coaching and leadership of any kind is about creating respectful relationships with the people you lead so that winning and talent development are the results.
Torts was not perfect but he was close. Where he did not create the kind of respect needed he takes 100% responsibility for that!. In his interview he demonstrates total respect for Sather and the entire Ranger organization.
Winning is about R-E-S-P-E-C-T as Aretha and The Staples say! "Likeability" is for people who don't like themselves and need others to tell them that they are likeable......and we all know how well that works in life ....don't we?
From me to you, Kevin....FOR YOUR POST HERE......THANK YOU WITH RESPECT!
Think guys like bob Mackenzie and Darren Dreger are pretty reputable. He win hockey games so curious as to why he was fired. The GM seemed to point to talking to players as reason for firing. Think Averys tweet was pretty telling since he has friends and business partners on the team. Most players are robots they give canned answers. Think it's more interesting that no one defended him.
that Sam Rosen thing was so overblown ... so not a big deal ...
you don't know