John Tortorella takes a lot of heat from the press for his demeanor during post game press conferences, but last night he should have gotten a medal for biting his lip (00:25 mark)...
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....did that reporter seriously ask Torts if the Rangers strategy for Game 2 will be to have LESS traffic in front of Holtby? In the history of the NHL, has any team's strategy ever been to send as few players as possible to the net? Rangers fans have been screaming for more bodies in front of the net for years and now, after the Rangers finally do it, this yo-yo is asking if they'll stop.
...how does that guy get a press credential?
Before last night's game Tortorella set ground rules with the press (via Daily News)...
“I want to get along, but I’m not going to talk about injuries, and I’m certainly not going to talk about the lineup every day. You guys think it’s just changing lines for the sake of changing lines and I’m an idiot. But I think it’s important in certain situations if you need to change something with the momentum of your team.”
...Torts should have also told them "no stupid questions."
Hmm I think Torts was too shocked to tear that reporter a new asshole. That would have been entertaining. Was he being sarcastic? We didn't exactly get much traffic in front of the net last game
Is it just me or should more people be talking about Erat's hit on Zuccarello in the second period? Those are the kind of dangerous hits that get players paralyzed. Erat clearly saw the numbers, continued, and sent Zucs flying headfirst into the boards. However, Zucs got up and only a two minute penalty is called. Of course, no further action. Who cares! Zuccarello is fine, right?
On the other hand, Eric Gryba makes a hard, clean hit in the open ice and gets a two game suspension because the result was less aesthetically pleasing. We don't want the fans seeing that, do we Gary? He should be punished because Lars Eller's teammate gave him a buddy pass through the middle of the zone.
If the NHL is serious about player safety, the benchmark for suspension shouldn't be if the guy is carried off on a stretcher. A hit like the one on Zucs last night could have much worse lasting effects than a hard open ice hit in the middle. Fortunately it did not, but it's just a matter of time before one of the league's stars is rolling around in a wheelchair because plays like that are ignored.
Speaking of press conferences and the media, anyone else see Brandon Prust refer to Ottawa coach Paul McLean as a Bug-Eyed Fat Walrus???
I think most reporters are scared of Torts now. LOL...DUH DUH DUH do you want less traffic DUH DUH DUH in front Of DUH DUH DUH Holtby??? What a LOSER
oh man, i hope they send more of these idiot non-hockey writers to cover the playoff run. we can all watch torts' head explode.
I commented on this in the recap... what does it take to get a press pass? Because I feel like I should take this one for the team... go to the games for free and ask some intelligent questions! what happened to NY media?
I didn't see that, but it's hysterical. You could almost hear Torts thinking, is this April Fool's Day cause this jackass didn't really just ask me if we were going to have less traffic in front of the goalie did he? Um, Mr. Tortorella, as a follow up question, could you please give us a full status of each one of your injured players, let us know what your lines will be for next game, and diagram the plays that you will try to use on the PowerPlay? Thanks a bunch! That idiot should be a caller into the NY sports radio programs, he'd fit right in!
My dad and I never agree on press conference questions/answers but we were both hysterical at that. I am dying to know who asked that question. Obviously it wasn't a Rangers reporter but whoever it was should have their credentials pulled immediately. I mean what kind of question is that?!?!? And I agree, Torts deserves an absolute medal for the way he responded.
On a side note, I loved how everyone was afraid to ask him questions.
I thought in order to cover a sport professionally you needed a rudimentary knowledge of it. Guess not.
I was watching that last night & thought it was a dumb question, however Torts didn't have to be a dick to the guy. I am a big Torts supporter & I could care less about how he treats the media however, he chooses to be rude & embarass people for no reason. He doesn't relaize how it akes his job harder. it gives his critics ammo to start the fire Torts brigade. Its why if he doesn't win pressure will increase on Dolan/Sather to fire him cause the Press will make it personal. Though, thye are normally resistant to that type of pressure no organization will withstand it forever if they keep getting hammered. Cablevision is a public corp. He should have just answered the question & moved on he didn't have to embarass the guy. Torts is just not a good guy. I like him as a coach but he is dick.
So John, what is your plan for game 2 so I can go back to Oates and his coaches, would you mind if I tape your practices today?
@danblackburn I thought Gryba through an elbow. Did I miss that one? Anyway, yes, players need to have the discipline to pull back when they see a players numbers in that danger zone a few feet from the boards. Should be an automatic one day suspension or more
@johnnyb3910 Oh Prusty.
@cb1 Nah ah no way his head will explode. It will only implode :)
Torts = Best coach ever !
@gravey94 LOL ! After the game on Saturday,if they lose I'd like someone to ask a off topic question like :"coach what do you think Detroit should do in the off season to sure up their defense " we would really get to see him lose it .
@gravey94 The sad part is one of the next questions were about injuries. I didn't recognize voices so not sure why our beat writers weren't asking questions but they really need to screen people or something before letting them in the press room cause you should have working knowledge of the sport to be allowed to ask questions.
No Sage I strongly disagree with you. I expected that Torts would say "That's a really dumb question"
This reporter takes the cake of worst reporting in sporting history.
@ThrSage Couldn't disagree more. I thought he was too nice. That could have been the worst question in the history of professional sporting events press conferences.
@Betweentheworlds @danblackburnPersonally, I thought Gryba threw a clean hit. He put his shoulder down, and caught Eller in the chest. Now, the argument could be made that he caught Eller in the head, but I think Player Safety was reaching when they determined Eller's head to be "the principal point of contact."
The process is to determine if the hit was illegal, then to consider injury. I think Player Safety flipped the process around on this one.
I hope hits such as the one on Eller don't happen, but I don't think you could remove them from hockey without drastically changing the game for the worse. Slamming a guy into the boards from behind, on the other hand, has no place in hockey, and should warrant a suspension.
It was a clumsy question & dumb no doubt about it. Let me ask u this...have u ever done something dumb in your life? I have... we all have. He could have been gracious instead he made the guy who already looked dumb look worse...what does he gain by that? I like Torts I love his coaching style, I even love he can care less what the media thinks. Its just every once in a while he makes himself look bad for no good reason, now if that guy was a guy like Brooks it would have escalated into a confrotation. It was dumb he should have just let it go@JoeNYR @ThrSage
@KevinDeLury @ThrSage Kevin, you beat me to it. I agree Torts can be rude but he was anything but when answering that question last night. Honestly, what did he do wrong? he answered the question - the guy asked if we wanted less traffic in front of the net and he said no. What else did you want him to say?
@ThrSage @KevinDeLury How was the guy embarrassed? He didn't know what he was talking about and Torts told him so. The dude is the better for now knowing he asked a stupid question. Next time, maybe he'll be more prepared. Everybody wins.
If you can call out a coach as a reporter for making a stupid decision, why can't the reverse be true? It doesn't hurt the team either way.
I am able to watch all the NHL games over the last few years and have found certain patterns of "professional behavior" dominate the media in different NHL cities. As a rule the press and the on-air media in Canadian cities are very knowledgeable, very professional and very honest/critical in their evaluation of their own teams. The original US teams in Chicago, Detroit, Boston and NY follow suit for the most part. Each city/team ,of course, has a rabid, long established and knowledgeable fan base.
In most expansion cities in the U.S. they are continually selling their teams to a limited audience (Philly and Buffalo being the exceptions.) In those expansion cities if you are a true hockey fan the on-air media is embarrassingly unsophisticated and incredibly team-promoting when it comes to their own teams. I have found the media outlets send their "cheapest" talent to cover Hockey because it is the 5th or 6th "major" sport in the area.....even if it is the playoffs.....even if it is in the nation's capital.
Consider NBC and it's outlets to fall into that "expansion mentality." NBC has even toned down Millbury, Roenecke and Keenan and any of their astute /defensive observations.
@Melissa (blknblueshirts) @KevinDeLury @ThrSage Agreed. He wasn't rude, he was dumbfounded. Maybe calling the guy out by questioning what he even meant will force him to actually do some homework and understand the sport he's supposed to be covering and have some knowledge of. If anything, the dude embarrassed the "news" organization he works for you could almost hear the mental snickering of the other reporters in the room.