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Watch John Tortorella’s (brief) post-game press conference

May 17, 2012, 10:08 AM EDT

Rangers coach John Tortorella provided another one of his infamous press conferences following Game 2. You can take a look at it below:

At this point, I can only assume he’s being asked questions as a matter of course. His answers lately haven’t exactly been informative.

Still, I think he might be able to get through these press conferences even quicker. I feel like I’m trying to give Wayne Gretzky tips on how to score goals by even bringing this up, but it did take him about six seconds to settle into his seat. Surely he can shave a second or two off of that.

  1. ballistictrajectory - May 17, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Maybe it will change if he comes out for the press conference and no one is waiting for him….

    • caputop - May 17, 2012 at 10:41 AM

      People keep saying this like it would bother him.

  2. bihler7 - May 17, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    This is tough to give an opinion on as there are two sides.

    On one hand I see Tortorella’s viewpoint of it, I for one would not be good talking to the media after a loss, I hate losing and I am sure he does as well. Who wants to field questions from reporters that do not know as much about the game or as much about what could be going on in the locker room? I would be fined multiple times a year for either language or saying something about an official, that’s just me though. Also with the way the media changes words around and makes stories out of what people say these days I wouldn’t want to speak much to them either (yes I know he does it after wins and practices too), especially in New York, where the media/tabloids has somewhat done this to themselves.

    On the other hand the reporters have a job to do and their own families to feed as well, so they are looking to get the information that they need to give to their boss.

    Tough call, however this is how you can roll in the NHL, it’s like telling someone about an injury, it’s “lower/upper body”, same with press conferences, you can say as much or as little as you like.

    • challer9 - May 17, 2012 at 12:03 PM

      At times I think it is a little ridiculous (I’m also a Rangers fan) but in game 7 against Washington made me change my mind somewhat. During the post game press conference a reporter asked him “Since Kreider was out there with under a minute left protecting a lead, does that mean you are gaining confidence in him?” To this Tortorella said he wasn’t out there and they kinda went back and forth about it for a second. Then I look at the tape and Doc Emirick said something like “Kreider sends the puck down ice” when really it was Fedotanko (Emirick made a mistake). So what are the reporters just listening to NBC’s broadcast? Can’t they watch the game and formulate some good questions?

  3. danaking - May 17, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    It’s not like they’re firing questions at him. Lots of pregnant pauses. Has he cowed the legendary New York media? If they know he’s going to do this, maybe they should have a sequence of questions lined up. He won’t answer those, either, but right now the reporters look like boobs.

  4. hockeyfan763 - May 17, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Who has more welts, the rangers shot blocking “D” or the dog that lives at Tortarella’s house ?

  5. jimw81 - May 17, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    he’s doing the same thing he did in tampa. why is this a big deal? why should he pander to some writers that no clue about the sport.

  6. hockeyflow33 - May 17, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    many of these writers seem like absolute scumbags who are more concerned with pushing forth their own personal agenda rather than actually spreading hockey knowledge

  7. speedstickmusk - May 17, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    This act is old… I can respect him for wanting to keep things to himself to protect his players, keeps injuries quiet etc but speaking with the media comes with the territory of being an NHL head coach. He’s supposed to be a professional but when it gets to a point where you’re waiting to see how little he says or how he conducts himself as opposed to the content of the press conference, then you know the act is tired. Every league asks its players and coaches to be available to the media. Heck, some get fined if they don’t. Over the years, most coaches give good relevant info regarding certain plays, trends, momentum, etc during games and series. What Tortorella is doing is embarrassing and it’s run it’s course for some time now. I actually have a hard time rooting for the Rangers cause I’m tired of this guys shtick….

  8. rabidbillsfan - May 17, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    So what happens if the Rangers lose this series? Will he block all the exits and light the room on fire? Seriously though, the act is tired. He’s not a tough guy, he’s a coach, outside of Hank, he’s the face of the franchise? Sure, maybe if the Rangers win the cup, then it soothes the situation some, but if they don’t, I’d fire his A**. I hate it when pro atheletes think they are better than everybody else, and sure, physically they are, but many of us have degree’s in Science, Medicine, and Law, something that will be around alot longer than physical skill. He is the same way, prancing around, nose held high. He makes a mockery of the profession, you know, because he’s not professional. If I were to sit on on a staff meeting and handed out one-liners to every question thrown my way, I’d be fired. Would I be happy to speak to the media after a loss? No. I would, though, becuase it’s my job, and i value that more than any personal vendetta, because my family is counting on me. Stop being a douche Tort’s, Karma’s a B****.

  9. schlitzy - May 17, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Winning games through his coaching is his job. talking to the media, although required, is not what is going to determine if he keeps his job. if he feels that keeping info from the media and opposing teams is going to help his team win games then he’s doing his job. he’s won a cup before…he knows what he’s doing. quit being so sensitive!!

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