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Poll: Is Tortorella being a “pompous ass” or just doing his job?

May 2, 2012, 12:57 PM EST

Sportsnet reporter Mark Spector went on a bit of a Twitter rant today, ripping New York Rangers coach John Tortorella for his rather curt interactions with the media (as seen here and here and here).

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Now, if there’s one thing I’ve learned in this business, it’s that nobody ever feels sorry for the media. That being said, I think Tortorella could try a bit harder. Not by divulging injuries or anything, just by sharing a little more on certain subjects.

Take this answer from yesterday’s press conference:

On whether Marian Gaborik had one of his better games: “He was OK.”

Care to expand?

Then there was this exchange:

Reporter: “John, do you think your Jack Adams nomination is reflective of the …”

Tortorella: (interrupts)

Reporter: “… is reflective of the organization’s …”

Tortorella: “You guys had a chance to ask me about that yesterday and you didn’t. So, let’s talk about the team.”

Except reporters have already tried asking him about the team. Besides, would it really kill him to answer a question about being nominated for coach of the year? Who cares if the nominations came out yesterday?

Of course, there’s always the chance Torts is just giving a big middle finger to the league after being fined twice for talking too much.

So let’s vote.

  1. dougr42 - May 2, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    What a douche.

    • hockeyfan763 - May 2, 2012 at 2:20 PM

      He has an upper body injury.

  2. seaner44 - May 2, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Specter is Right. He is an ass. The paycheck tweet is bang on!

  3. acieu - May 2, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Not a pompous ass but definitely a horses ass

  4. jimw81 - May 2, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Specter is right and wrong in this situation. Specter is apart of media that wants answers to everything but at the same time ‘The Fonz” acted liked this in Tampa with the media and players and look where it got him.

  5. biffnasty - May 2, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    He is definitely the Coach of the Year

  6. schlitzy - May 2, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    this is getting blown out of proportion. he’s obviously playing his cards close to his chest. as a rangers fan I like that he’s keeping everything tight lipped. it’s the playoffs and the on ice product is all that matters. I would only expect him to be more forthcoming at the end of the series. win or lose. that’s just me though. from a reporters side I can see where they’d get frustrated though.

  7. thearabiangoat - May 2, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    I have no problem with it at all; his job is to coach the team, not coddle the media. As of right now, the results are there on the ice so I’m sure Ranger’s fans couldn’t care less if Spector or any other media outlet get’s their soundbites. As a fan of the Canucks, I’d rather have a coach who spent less time trying to make friends in the media so they could provide spin to help keep his job and a coach like Torts how has a Stanley Cup ring on his finger.

  8. cruuuzcontrol - May 2, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    Tom Coughlin on skates! The media is blazing guns on Torts because they don’t get their precious answers and access from him. What a pity.

  9. thomaspratt - May 2, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    There is nothing more dysfunctional than hockey media’s relationship to players and coaches. There is a tendency for reporters to hound about irrelevancies, then opine baselessly and at length. I can see where a coach would find suffering hockey media fools gladly a chore they don’t need.

  10. ironcity6pak - May 2, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Pompous ass, jack ass, horses ass, biggest D bag of a coach. Anyway you put it, stop giving this guy attention that he craves. This guy gives the Rangers organization a terrible look and is the biggest cry baby ever. Wish the Pens assistant coach beat his ass when he had the chance.

    • oconnor007 - May 2, 2012 at 1:53 PM

      What? How do the Rangers get a terrible look from him?

      From where a lot of us Ranger fans are looking from, we’re pretty happy with being in the 2nd round and winning the Eastern Conference in the regular season.

  11. qauzaq - May 2, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Id keep my mouth shut. I wouldn’t want to be fined 10,000 for my opinion. He is probably just pissed about that.

  12. fiyeaglesfiy - May 2, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    I think the issue is (really in all major sports) that coaches and players have mandatory press conferences, but if an honest opinion to the media that is critical against the refs or the league the league fines them thousands of dollars..fans often blow this out of proportion as no big deal since players and coaches are well compensated to begin with that losing $20000 is no big deal, but that’s only because it’s not their money. $20000 is $20000. So until the players/coaches unions negotiate some kind of “free speech” policy with the league, can’t blame Tortorella or others for giving the bare minimum to avoid repercussions.

    …that and his mother probably told him of you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything at all.

    As someone not employed by the NHL, I am completely free to say what Torts wants to say which is that the officiating on the ice, reviewed in Toronto, and in Shanahan’s office is pitiful in the Ottawa series and throughout the league.

  13. wicky888 - May 2, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    F*ck the media, keep it real Torts

  14. kitshky - May 2, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    Both … and I refuse to believe there isnt at least a lil schtick going on throughout the regular season.

    That being said, the tweet about working in the media is gold.

  15. bloggersarenotjournalists - May 2, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    Look at everyone talk about the coach and not the players.

    By Torts design

    He has a ring coaching, we don’t

  16. somekat - May 2, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Both. He is a pompous ass that is doing his job

  17. jkay1818 - May 2, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    this mark spector sounds like a whiny baby. It’s the playoffs, coaches don’t want to deal with pesky media people. they are forced to speak with media, not forced to speak a certain amount of time. I agree with that flyers fan. Then when he speaks what is on everyone’s mind, he gets fined. There are even avid fans who cant be bothered due to nerves when the playoffs come around, do you think these coaches want to be bothered? I feel like the media loves this. they know what they are going to get, so why bother? this gives them good material to write about. this whole thing is boring already. there is no need for a coach to talk, mention his game plan, injuries etc.

    • amonte13 - May 2, 2012 at 5:20 PM

      Your post would make sense if torts wasn’t like this all year long. He’s a condescending jerk, who would want to have to deal with that on a daily basis? How many other coaches act the same way? The media is a lot harder elsewhere, the NY media, save for Larry Brooks a couple years ago, gives him a free pass. The bully gets his way, I’m surprised more in the media haven’t commented on torts childish act.

  18. jkay1818 - May 2, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    also, he “joins” the media when he needs a check? does this guy honestly think tortorella is starving for money or needs a check in the offseason to get by? i didnt even read that tweet before i commented. He does the media after the season bc hes passionate about hockey, likes to discuss it and with an open forum and panel with other coaches and players who know hockey. also, he actually has his own show on MSG with mike keenan etc where he discusses players, skating, they system etc. I dont see what the big deal is about him not wanting to be annoyed by these reporters. Not to mention, half the time they try and get under his skin on purpose for stuff to report.

  19. jbrunnels - May 2, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    He’s just being colorful…

  20. justjokinen1 - May 2, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Voted for the third option because I can’t bear the thought of agreeing with Mark Spector.

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