We all know hockey is an emotionally-driven sport. The players feed off of it and are sometimes energized by it. Salty language usually couples high emotions, but did you ever expect to hear a referee engage in it?
That's exactly what happened last night in Game 4 between the Bruins and Rangers. During a stoppage, John Tortorella can be seen on the CNBC broadcast mouthing off to someone off camera. It turns out to be a referee, and the mics pick up what the official said back...
- It's always funny to hear these exchanges, especially on live TV. Torts really laid into the ref after getting cursed at. Lucky he wasn't tossed.
This wasn't the only instance of curing caught on live TV.
Back on Tuesday after Game 3, Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask was being interviewed on MSG following the win. You can see something distracts him not once but twice during a question and, briefly forgetting where he was, decided to respond...
- Not sure what that person was trying to do, but Rask was caught in a bro moment. Kept his composure and apologized after.
- Wonder what he said after flopping for Hagelin's goal last night.
BTW .. Found this and thought I'd share:
Per rules of hockey's new collective bargaining agreement, each team is allotted two buyouts over the next two summers. The Rangers have utilized an accelerated compliance buyout for Wade Redden, now with the Bruins, but that doesn't count against their remaining two.
I heard that, it was a horrible icing call, it was probably Walkom, a man who has very revealing pictures of Bettman, otherwise he wouldn't have a job...he is one of the worst...
I'm kinda surprised to hear an f you. I know there's language and I know f bombs get dropped but dems fightin words when you f you someone.
Torts was absolutely right in this instance. It was an icing call where the Bruins player was close to the puck and just stopped skating. It was even more egregious than the Bure icing touch in game 7 of the 1994 finals. I'm glad Torts laid into him, he deserved it.
@TruBluEsp that doesn't make any sense. the league did the rangers and redden a favor by allowing the pre-mature buyout. why would we still have two buyouts left?
@GLENsatherVSglennDANZIG I completely agree, its one thing between two players of the bench, but from the rest of the context it was clearly one of the refs tell Torts "F*** you!". Not surprised that he used the F word, but surprised by the statement, a ref saying that to a coach. I expected a little more respect. I'd have to imagine that the kid of statement that would get a coach or player an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
@TruBluEsp @ATCRyan I'm going to trust CapGeek here and say there is only 1 left. I'm sure they've read the CBA because they need to in order to work out their buyout calculator and other tools on the site. I doubt Ms. Strang has.
All in all, too bad, I actually posted Katie's article yesterday on another archive but shot myself down soon afterwards with the CapGeek finding. Lead to an interesting discussion about who they would buy out (other than Richards). I thought, if they do have 2, it's a nice safety net for Sather when he looks to sign people this summer.