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Torts used exactly 47 words to answer questions today

May 16, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

John Tortorella AP

Say this about John Tortorella — he’s branching out.

After answering questions prior to Game 1 in just 31 words, Torts upped the ante prior to Game 2 by using a whopping 47.

The transcript, for your reading pleasure:

Q. The guys you brought up, how do you use them, not in the series, but what is the thought behind having them up here?

COACH TORTORELLA: Just have players ready to play in case we run into injuries.

Q. What has been the key do you think of your strong recent third periods?

COACH TORTORELLA: Staying with it.

Q. Being aggressive?

COACH TORTORELLA: Staying with it.

Q. John, if you’ve got a guy who is not going offensively that you know can. What has historically been your tactic? Do you talk to him? Do you just ride it out?

COACH TORTORELLA: Depends on the player. Depends on the player, depends on the situation. It’s a question that I can’t answer because it all depends on the situation.

Q. So if I asked you about Ryan Callahan?

COACH TORTORELLA: I won’t answer.

Aaaaaand, scene!

One note: Torts might’ve said 47 words, but only 36 of them were original — he repeated the phrases “Staying with it,” “Depends on the player,” and “Depends on the situation,” which qualifies him for a job at the department of redundancy department.

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  1. mianfr - May 16, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    I have to ask, as a journalist, does this kind of thing at all affect how you would vote for the Jack Adams Award?

  2. biffnasty - May 16, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Coach of the year! Not only does he deserve it because of the hard working team he has believing in his system, but also for taking alllllllll the attention off of his players

    • napoleonblownapart6887 - May 16, 2012 at 3:33 PM

      You know what else would get a lot of attention? A hockey coach with an arm growing out of his a$$….

      (hopefully someone gets that reference)

  3. barkar942 - May 16, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    I have been a Rangers fan since the 60’s. When Torts came in for Renney, he was a bit of a tough pill to swallow. I personally wasn’t too sure at first if this was the correct man for the job.
    Watching him continue to be the same exact way in his demands form his players of following his system and buying in to his leadership has led me to realize that he expects 110% every night from his players, and he gives, in return, 110% in standing up for his players, even if it has cost him in the wallet.
    When he came in, the players were not in top condition, there was some strife in the locker room, and the team was not winning.
    Now look at the team. Tough to argue with the results.

  4. capsfan19 - May 16, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    Why even interview the bum? Watch the minute people stop trying to interview him he’ll start talking.

  5. crazemastercraze - May 16, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    for the love of god, is there nothing else to talk about in the world of hockey???? please stop this lunacy!!!!!!

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