Katie Strang at ESPN.com reports that the Dallas Stars have former Rangers head coach John Tortorella on their radar as they continue their search for a new head coach.
Strang adds that the Stars have yet to seek permission from the Rangers to speak with Tortorella.
...wonder if Torts will place a call to Sean Avery to get some insight into what Dallas has to offer. lol
...in all seriousness, I have to wonder if Torts ends up with the Stars, how that will affect Richards' interest in returning to Big D if the Rangers buy him out.
...Dallas is also strongly considering Rangers top candidate Alaine Vigneault, so Torts could help his ex-team out by interviewing well if Dallas brings him in.
...with Torts signing a three year extension with the Rangers earlier this season, you have to assume Sather will have no problem allowing him to talk with Dallas. In case you were wondering, the reason Dallas still has to obtain permission despite Torts being fired is that he's still under contract with the Rangers. If you look at the fine print Torts has been "relieved of his duties" as head coach, meaning he is still technically employed by the Rangers.
lets see....the Stars have not been to the playoffs in 5 seasons and the Stanley Cup champs way back in 99. In the mean time they've had near bankruptcy experience, 3 or 4 coaches, 3 GM's, a very fickle fan base, a new stadium (AA Center) that is top notch and tons of media support. As a long term Stars fan (ever since the uHaul arrived from Minnesota) I can only wish that "Torts" is flown in here, signed, sealed and delivered. He will have a team of "young guns" and solid goal-tending. Gonchar will help educate the diaper dandies and the Stars will either trade up or keep their 2 1st round picks and continue to accumulate talent for the next decade. Dallas is becoming a "dream job" and Torts is the type of coach that will lead this team back to the playoffs in his first season and deeper in his 2nd season. Without the "Diva" mentality of the Rangers, he will get more and go further that he did in NY. Sure he will wear out his welcome by the 3rd or 4th year but that is the "norm" in coaching any more. But by the time he is released of his coaching duties, the team will be rock solid and a perennial playoff team with tons of depth and young players a plenty to replace those that want mega-millions in free agency. Coach, your plane leaves at noon, get your ass down here and get to work!!!
I heard Jim Nill on the NHL Network last night. He seemed very positive toward Torts. Claude Julien and Pierre Maguire as well. Perhaps, he is not viewed as negatively in the industry as you think. I imagine MSG is filled with political minefields that we are not privy to but are well known in the industry. There are several sides to this thing. Quite frankly, when you slice up the blame pie, there is a piece for everyone -- from the owner right down to the players. Memories are short and this well blow over in time. I wish him well.
Im from Nj but for work related reasons i live in Texas. The whole state is all about appearances and they never say what they really tjink. If Torts went there in would be a media nightmare. He would be gpne within 2 yrs. They dont undetstand us Northerner's our humour or sarcasm. Just me humble opinion. I cant wait to get ytransferred out of here..
With the news that scratching Richards was an "organizational decisions", not a coaching one, I wouldn't think there's any love lost between Torts and Richards. If anything it probably strengthens the odds that if one goes, they both goes. If there's one guy who believes Richards can rebound, its probably Torts, and I bet they'd love to pair up and drive the Rangers nuts for cutting them both loose.
Did anyone else catch the Dallas Stars not missing a chance to take a shot at Avery after the #ImGregoryCampbell trend on Twitter: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/dallas-stars-official-twitter-account-wins-imgregorycampbell-sean-213825535.html
Torts better watch what he says to the media. Avery got kicked off the team for saying "sloppy seconds" in an interview.
Not as funny as it seems at first blush. Check out what Dallas GM Jim Nill said on NHLN (posted on the Stars' Inside Edge blog). Sounds like Torts is just what they're looking for:Quotable: Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill on coaching search, John Tortorella
JUNE 10, 2013 6:35 PM BY MARK STEPNESKI
Stars GM Jim Nill was on the NHL Network this evening and answered a few questions about the coaching search including one on John Tortorella, who is on the market after being dismissed by the New York Rangers. Here are a few quotes from Nill.
On the style he is looking for in a coach, what’s the type of coach that will fit the Stars
“I don’t know if so much of it is a style. I think a lot of the coaches in the league are all the same. You look at any coach, they want to play well. When they go to talk to their players in the dressing room they’re all telling them to play well defensively, see if we can score some goals and let’s have a good power play. I just want somebody that is going to be very organized, is going to be in control of that dressing room, is going to have a presence in that dressing room and somebody that is going to start setting – I don’t want to use the word culture – but is going to set a stamp of here is how the Dallas Stars are going to play. For someone to be that, I think it would need to be an experienced guy that really has a good feel for the game. “
On the importance of experience
“It’s the best league in the world. I’m not being naïve, there are some great young coaches out there, too, and I even may go that route. But right now my ideal situation is to get an experienced guy that has been through it. It’s not the league where you want to be learning on the fly. You need to know what you are going into. From day one of training camp, you need to know what to expect. It’s a tough job dealing with the players. You are dealing with people and different personalities. It’s a tough job with the pressure the players are under, so you need somebody that’s been through that and how to handle that.”
His thoughts on former New York Rangers coach John Tortorella as a possibility
“I think John is a great coach. Anytime you coach in New York City it is a tough gig, and I thought he did a great job there. In the end in this game everybody is hired to win and sometimes we get fired for that. But I think John is not only a good coach, but a good person also. He’s got a different side to him. A lot of people see the coach Tortorella, but John is actually a great guy. He is definitely a name we are also looking at.”
@WisconsinRangerfan12 Also though, I think when you're dissecting how the "media" feels about Torts, you have to differentiate the beat writers who've come up through the local newspaper ranks and cover him on a daily basis, from the NHL TV personalities who have been involved in various levels of hockey in various positions.
I think in the hockey world Torts is very respected for who he is: A no nonsense coach who is demanding of his players, who can squeeze a lot of raw emotion and determination out of a team, and of course, one who doesn't care for the media.
I think he'll always be able to find work, but it will bever be fore more than 4 or 5 years. He'll run his course, he'll wear out his players, and eventually a change will be required. It's a lot easier to fire a coach than it is to clean out a roster.
@Frankie Bajada "...Avery "doesn't pay attention" and has not been able to grasp the Stars' system." This from one of his Stars' teammates at the time. The comment was just an excuse for the Stars to rid themselves of his antics and $15M contract. Seany-boy brought all this stuff upon himself.
@rangermom "I just want somebody that ... is going to be in control of that dressing room, is going to have a presence in that dressing room..." Um, isn't one of Vigneault's traits that he stays out of the dressing rooms and let's the players police themselves? Sounds like he's not a good fit based on that quote.
@rangermom Nice find! I think the small market Stars would fit Torts perfectly the way Tampa did.
Isn't that how it works with all the coaches? It's amazing he lasted almost five years. Expectations are unbelievable. Torts gets fired for being too tough, Blysma might get canned for being too tight with the players. You can't win in this business. Look at the NBA, six coaches have been fired so far and many of them led their teams to playoff victories. Coaching might be the definition of insanity.
@WisconsinRangerfan12 @johnnyb3910 It's how it works for most coaches. Unless you're Scotty Bowman or Phil Jackson, yeah, thats pretty much how it is. Even a guy like Terry Francona who won the Red Sox 2 world series after an 84 year drought was fired for "losing the room".
Part of it is the insane expectation that these coaches are held to. Only one coach can win a Cup each year. Teams say it, but its hard to consider a year without a championship a "failure". Part of it is also the athletes. With the money that is thrown at these guys, and the egos they develop at a young age, its seems impossible for a team to last. I don't even know what the point of an NBA coach is. With the exception of maybe San Antonio, it seems like most teams are run by their stars. Sometimes the firing of a coach is the only way left for a GM to say to the players "What youre doing out there isn't good enough".