Jeff Klein at the New York Times says that after a fairly calm season from John Tortorella with the press, last year's playoff temperment seems to be rearing its ugly head...
"But while he has been much better this year, he has relapsed on occasion in the last couple of weeks as the Rangers struggled to salvage a disappointing season by clinching a playoff spot. Thursday morning at Carolina, before a game the Rangers needed to win in order to clinch, he said a reporter should “grow up” after the reporter left the scrum. The reporter left because Tortorella refused to answer a question about Marc Staal’s eye injury, saying it was a distraction from that night’s game."
And Tortorella's outbursts apparently continued yesterday when he chastised the press for misrepresenting his relationship with Marian Gaborik.
...while the press loaths playoff Torts, I absolutely love him. I usually give Torts crap for not disclosing injuries during the regular season, but I actually agree with him being tight lipped during the playoffs. In a seven game series you never want to give your opponent any kind of advantage, so I say eff the press if they don't like not getting answers from Torts on injuries and other team matters.
...as long as the Rangers continue to win games in the second season, Tortorella's press conferences can consist of him sitting there giving the press the finger for all I care.
Klein adds that executives at USA Hockey will be real interested in Torts' attitude during the playoffs as a head coaching position could be on the line.
And of course, no angry Torts post would be complete without the "Next Question" remix...
Here's Torts post practice yesterday...
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Honestly I ha e said it before I cannot see another guy to coach this team HE gives this team identity and the players he has uphold this and play hard for him fuck what Avery said I think the players respect a coach that demands the best from them we don't know torts personally but I feel that it's more than a job for torts just like his love for dogs he really cares! Torts for president
No issues with Torts' talking to the media, even when so many people said he got on Sam's case or whatever. Sam knows the deal; Torts doesn't have to tell him to grow up. I don't believe there was any disrespect there, but he has definitely disrespected some others, and I don't mind in the least. To me it's all part of his not giving much of anything away, and I enjoy it. So the reporters have a job to do. Fine. Go ahead and do it. If it means dealing with Torts is a headache for them, that's up to them. They could just as easily find it entertaining -- especially as journalists. Andrew Gross doesn't seem to have a problem.
I'm glad he responds this way. Someone has to give them crap for the inane and leading questions some of the press ask.
Although it doesn't sound as good when I put it in writing, I'm with @boogiepicker . Hahaha... Without addressing all the arguments fans have for and against our coach, I'll simply say that I'm a fan.
Lot of good things .....
I know Torts has plenty of detractors among Rangers fans, and especially among fans of the blog. But I love this dude. I don't agree with all of his decisions but I think he's the perfect type of coach for a NY team. He literally takes all the heat from the press especially in high-pressure situations, such as the start of the playoffs. I have no problem with the way he handles injury updates. I agree with Kevin, playoffs are too important to tip your hand in any way. And his job, first and foremost, is to protect his players. You can argue that we pay an arm and a leg for tickets, so we deserve to know all the information about our team. Write to Dolan about ticket prices. Torts doesn't control that and it's not his job. I think he does his job well and I can't think of a better coach for this team.
Let's hope playoff Rangers emerge and not the team we saw most of the year that crawled into the 8th seed.
@GLENsatherVSglennDANZIG Stop coaching, Pat.
@boogiepicker Only issue I have some times is when Torts gets disrespectful to the press. You can say you won't talk about injuries, and you can answer questions to the extent you want, but don't criticize sam rosen or any other reporter because you're pissed off about the game. there is a difference between being professional, but keeping things in the room, and just being a douchbag.
@JasonSIL True, I was pretty disappointed when he got on Sam's case. There are times when I think he's justified but you're right, at least stay respectful. Just people doing their jobs.