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Tortorella dislikes the part of the press conference where you ask if he dislikes press conferences

May 1, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT

John Tortorella AP

Since we’ve reached the point where John Tortorella conducting a presser is infinitely more interesting than the actual presser, it’s not surprising a reporter finally asked him about it.

Here’s the blow-by-blow from Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News:

Reporter: “Are you this way with us just because you don’t like dealing with us?”

Tortorella: “No.”

Reporter: “Or is there a strategy behind not …”

Tortorella: “What are you being a wise a**?”

Reporter: “No, I’m being sincere.”

Tortorella: “I’m being sincere, too. I’m not gonna give you much information. Some of you guys sit here and tell me I’m curt or whatever. I’m not gonna have a staring contest. If you don’t ask me questions, I’ll just leave. So that’s the way it is. I’m sorry I’m not a guy that wants to converse about everything during the playoffs. I’m not.

A reporter then asked if Gaborik had one of his better games on Monday night, to which Tortorella replied, “He was OK.”

I imagine this Tortorella v. Media situation will keeping getting more meta/self aware, until it eventually spawns into an episode of Community.


Here’s video of the presser.


  1. cweez2 - May 1, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Torts, your press conference shtick and WTF? looks on the bench are getting old.

  2. dsd3 - May 1, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    This kind of stuff usually doesn’t bother me at all, but at this point it’s just making Tortorella look like a jerk.

    • drewsylvania - May 1, 2012 at 11:46 PM

      There’s a reason for that.

  3. ron05342 - May 1, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    I actually like the Rangers, but rather see them exit just so I don’t have to listen to this jerk’s idiocy anymore.

  4. swizzler16 - May 1, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Meanwhile, Larry Brooks is biding his time, waiting to strike.

  5. sjsharks66 - May 1, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Torts is a tool.

  6. sgtr0c - May 1, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    Ohhhh, makes the media the bad guy, thus making them make you the antagonist, and focus on you not the players, brillant. If the media is already asking these kinda questions, it will blow up before the end of this series.

  7. tackledummy1505 - May 1, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Ranger fans welcome to the Andy Reid show…….umm I mean the John Tortorella press conference. lol can’t win them all with a coach to coach well and also give good press conferences. At least Tortorella didn’t say, “We have to do a better job of doing a better job!” I love Andy Reid!

  8. herbiecane - May 1, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    Breaking News from the world of hockey: John Tortorella is kind of a jackass!!

    ALSO- the playing surface is made by freezing water!!!

  9. cruuuzcontrol - May 2, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Torts is cut from the same cloth as my man Tom Coughlin. The NY media always pulls this same crap with him, too. As if you need to be Mr. Personality to win games and titles. Get off your high horses, NY beat writers. We certainly don’t need your hubris and useless tripe to win.

  10. herbiecane - May 2, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    Coughlin can be gruff. But he’s not a jackass solely for the sake of being a jackass. (I’ve met the guy).
    Tortorella, however……

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