Yesterday, John Tortorella made the rounds on the New York radio shows as he was a guest on the Mike Francesa radio show (WFAN 660) as well as the Michael Kay Show (ESPN Radio) to discuss the big Game 7 win vs. the Capitals and preview the Rangers conference semifinals series against the Bruins...
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...as always Tortorella amazingly candid. If I'm a beat writer and I listen to these radio interviews, I'd definitely wonder why he can't be that way with us.
"I don't even want to be up there talking to begin with."
"He likes dogs, so I like him."
I f-ing love this man.
I thought it was really interesting to hear him talk about how in a few years he thinks that everyone is going to look back to the Gabby trade and talk about how Moore was the steal of the trade. Says a lot about what he sees in Moore and the high hopes he has in he kid.
Also interesting to hear him say that he hopes the organization addresses the lack of a big shot from the point which he says is part of the reason the powerplay has been bad. Really hope that Slather hears this and gets the big shot this team desperately needs.
First off, everyone that's criticized Torts for his handling of Kreider and other kids NEEDS to listen to the ESPN Radio interview at the 4:22 mark. He explaining it all in about a minute as to what his thinking with Kreider is, so friggin enough already. He is NOT ruining the kid, he does NOT dislike the kid, he's friggin' coaching the kid, which I do believe is what a COACH is supposed to do!
Second, he's probably better in these interviews, because the interviewers are not asking stupid obvious questions, and they've actually come up with questions ahead of time. I'm sure part of it is that Torts has time to wind down after a game, but the quality of the interviews are much better IMO.
That was such a great interview!!!. I think the reason why he was so relaxed and candid was the fact that Mike has no clue when it comes to hockey, and he openly admits that. And he asked relevant questions.
I think he's just better when he has some time to decompress, watch some video, meet with the other coaches and talk to the team. Despite being a bit of a loose cannon, I think he is hesitant to throw the wrong guy under the bus or call out the wrong person during press conferences. And the questions can be about anything from anyone, and can be pretty stupid (Do you want to get less traffic to the net in game 3?)
And I could be mistaken, but on a lot of well-managed programs, these questions are pre-screened. They are run by the PR team and Torts probably has the questions in front of him in his office, so he's prepared and he isn't getting badgered.
I love his interviews with francesa. I feel like he's more candid because he knows how knowledgeable mike is about sports and coaching in general, though not hockey, and he knows he's not going to get any stupid questions. In the press conferences there's always a few idiots and I'm sure he gets sick of some of the beatguys after sseeing them every day.
@gravey94 Gravey, that's 2 beers for you for your Kreider comment. I'm just going to start you a tab.
@johnnyb3910 Yes to all of the above. Plus, a one-on-one interview is much more relaxed (especially since he knows that neither of these guys is going to ask obnoxious questions) than a press conference with a dozen guys on deadline grilling you (with dumb questions) right after a game. I love these radio interviews, as well as the Behind the Bench series. You get to see a lot more of what makes Torts tick and how he thinks. Always enlightening.