Over at the Daily News, Christian Red reports that in a bit of a shocking development, Sean Avery, the man who just a month ago tweeted that John Tortorella was a clown and that his players hated him, had only nice things to say about his former coach...
"(Tortorella) actually probably was one of the best things that ever happened to me. A month after I was done playing, I made the transition to what is a dream job for most people. Part of it was the relationship that I had with him as a coach. It definitely helped me make the transition and have a successful career."
...actually, the more I read that quote I have to wonder if Avery was being a bit 'tongue in cheek.' As in, because Torts hated me and basically ended my NHL career, I was able to begin my foray into the fashion industry earlier than I anticipated.
One person, however, who is not a fan of Tortorella, is Capitals head coach Adam Oates who responded on a local Washington radio show to the Rangers head coach's assertion that Washington whined about penalties during their first round match-up (CBS DC)...
“Well, I think he’s out of line,” Oates said. “He should be worried about his own series. We didn’t whine once during the series. I never complained. I don’t know, did you guys ever hear me complain about officiating?”
Umm, Adam, I know you have a lot on your mind getting ready for the golf course and all, but I just wanted to remind you of this quote you gave after Game 6 on the supposed Derek Dorsett slew foot (via CSN Washington)....
“You don’t want to complain but that play to me is one that concerns me,” Oates said, “because Mike got slew-footed to me and that’s why Mike reacted.
“Mike is not that type of player. It looked like a slew-foot, a very, very dangerous play. I realize Green’s a guy they want to target, but I think that’s a very dangerous play.”
...now I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed, but the last time I checked that's pretty much the definition of complaining.
Oates was then asked during the radio interview by former NFLer Lavar Arington if he could beat up Tortorella. His response...
I don't know Mr. Oates, apparently Torts was known for his "bathroom brawls" in high school (via Toucher & Rich Show)...
...i would kill to know what the questions were to these answers as well as the background of each one. Especially, who Musky is.
yeah yeah, Torts is a better fighter than Oates if you look at their playing careers but that's really kind of a ridiculous speculation if you ask me. As far as replying to the subject matter of this post Avery SHOULD have only nice things to say about Torts. who else in this league would have given this guy a second chance. Especially a guy who made a career by using his mouth more than his stick. "Legalize it" Sean!!!
Oates = douche. Hull leaves him he wins a cup in Dallas. Loser as a player loser as a coach. Don't worry Oates ill get a chance to beat up torts next year in the division. Tool
And Torts would d-e-s-t-r-o-y Oates. I like Adam, but if he thinks he'd win that fight, he's even more delusional than I thought.
To be fair, until slew foot whine, Oates had been the classy one for the Capitals and had not done any whining. Then again, maybe that's because his players did so much whining that there simply wasn't any left for him!
I think the next OT should be settled with a coaches fistfight at center ice. Rangers'd sweep clear the hell to the Cup.
Adam Oates never played a season where he had more PIM than games played. Every season that Torts played (except 2 where he played 1 & 12 games) he had more PIM than games played. Torts would mess him up, big time, and then he'd steal his dog! Although Oates is probably a 13 cat person.
Its Oates kidding? They should be worried about how they are getting out of the 1st round & how they are going to get leadership out of their Capt. who doesn't hustle. Some guys never get it. Oates appears to be one of them. 30 years in the games & ZERO rings!!!!!
Lol at young torts. "Living at snakes"...Adam Oates is kinda classless if he said that. All he had to do was laugh and say I don't think it would ever come to that and leave it alone. Like he NEEDED to answer Lavar Arrington. After all I'm sure Lavar Arrington is on par with Bob Costas in his journalistic abilities. This is exactly what Lavar Arrington wanted. A hot quote so that atleast a few people outside of DC would know he had a radio show. I think torts would have him for lunch.
dude Torts would mess Oates up. that guy took a beating throwing himself all over the field when playing baseball. yeah, he'd be scrappy.
@gravey94 I believe I (did not) read somewhere that his 13 cats are named Tootie, Jo, Blair, Natalie, Mrs. Garrett, Marsha, Jan, Cindy, Dorothy, Blanche, Rose, Sophia and Buffy.
@SGrumet There used to be stories of Tortorella and Chuck Norris going around to bars and fucking people up for the hell of it.