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Here’s what they’re saying about John Tortorella

May 17, 2012, 11:22 AM EDT


A smattering of quotes, anecdotes and opinions in the wake of John Tortorella’s latest presser (which clocked in under one minute).


Steve Serby of The Post has a great piece about “The Last Angry Man.”

Michael McCarthy of USA Today breaks down who’s ripping Torts for his surly non-interviews.


David Shoalts, Globe and Mail:

“Dealing with jerks is part of the job. We can complain that someone like Tortorella is not being accountable to the fans when he pulls his condescending prima donna routine but we can’t ignore him. There are times when he comes out with far more candid observations about his players and opponents than other coaches ever do when the mood strikes him and we would not be doing our jobs if we too were acting like divas and weren’t around to record them.

“Besides, one of the privileges of the media is always getting the last word.”

Steve Politi, The Star-Ledger:

“Get to your seats early, folks, because this one-man act is a short performance. Here is the entire transcript of the Rangers coach’s news conference, all 36 words Coach Gruntorella uttered after the Devils outhustled and outworked his team on its home ice: A number of things. I’ll keep it in the room. No. No. I answered your first question. No. You need to improve as a hockey team every game. I’m going to keep it in the room.

“Trust me. You don’t need the questions. Tortorella got a few YouTube laughs with his routine at news conferences early in the playoffs, but now the reviews are all about the same.

“The act is tired, and especially so on a night when it isn’t unreasonable for the fans to expect some answers. You can say he doesn’t owe the media a thing, but the paying customers can’t ask the question themselves. And it’s a fair one: Why was your team so flat for most of this game?”

Katie Strang, ESPN NY:

“Tortorella also declined to elaborate on the effort, the necessary adjustments and virtually every other question in a particularly curt postgame news conference.

“Instead, Tortorella said he’d rather “keep it in the room,” which is exactly where the media now will direct their questions given his unwillingness to answer them.

“Maybe that’s the desired effect, but for a coach who seems to loathe distractions, he sure is creating one.”

  1. hockeyflow33 - May 17, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Are there any writers who have played the game or aren’t giant babies? I don’t think so.

    I enjoy watching hockey because of the game itself not because some glorified, overweight blogger who’s never laced up a pair of skates tells me his opinion.
    No one cares about writer’s half-truths and agenda-driven drivel

    Grow-up and stop with the jealous act. The NHL isn’t about you, it’s about the players and coaches.

    • crisisofinfinitephils - May 17, 2012 at 5:03 PM

      Then why are you here?

      • hockeyflow33 - May 17, 2012 at 6:52 PM

        because i’m bored at work

      • crisisofinfinitephils - May 17, 2012 at 9:18 PM

        Ha! Me too.

  2. hiltonandastoria - May 17, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    John Tortorella doesn’t care, nor should he

  3. acieu - May 17, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Timmy Jaysus and John Torts in the same media market Wow!!!!

  4. nogoodtomedead - May 17, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    He may be a jerk, and maybe fans deserve answers- but I think he does this for his team. All the media attention seems to be on him- they say he’s creating a distraction- but its not a distraction for his team. I think its his style, and its gotten him the cup before.

    • barkar942 - May 17, 2012 at 12:05 PM

      That’s right. You are all writing about Torts, Torts and more Torts instead of the benching of Gaborik, Anisimov, and the massive interference that Elias got away with on Girardi on Kovy’s wide open shot (that was wide open because of the MASSIVE interference by Elias that went uncalled-watch the video-there is no argument about what should have been an absolute penalty and a no goal)!

      • ron05342 - May 17, 2012 at 4:26 PM

        Cry me a river.

  5. finfan88shark - May 17, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Love Torts honesty with the media asking the same unintelligent questions every game. Was the effort their type question. Hello media that’s an opinion question, and part of your job is to write your own observations. But then again Journalists of today like to take the easy way out.

    • ron05342 - May 17, 2012 at 2:23 PM

      Should the Kings get past the Coyotes, and the Rangers get past the Devils (not so sure that will happen now), I would love to see four “pressers” in a row clocked under a minute.

  6. thomaspratt - May 17, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    At this point, it’s almost a kind of performance art. I think it’s a very sad comment on hockey media that they would be happier if Torts sat there and wasted ten minutes spouting tired, clichéd answers to their lame, boilerplate questions. I truly can’t recall a time where a post game press conference yielded anything of substance.

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