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John Tortorella: Labor’s voice of reason

Sep 9, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

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We’ve read plenty of angry words from writers and some disappointing words from those involved in labor talks, so of course the guy providing a healthy dose of common sense is… John Tortorella?

ESPN-New York’s Katie Strang heard from the Rangers coach during his charity dog walking event today, and he had all the right insight for both the NHL and NHLPA when it comes to figuring out their dispute.

“I just hope we keep on learning that this needs to be a partnership for this league to continue to flourish and grow as it has.”

From how Tortorella carries himself during and after games, you’d never think he’d be the guy with the cool head through all this, but here we are.

What’s lost in these labor talks is that it is a partnership between the players and owners, but negotiations have been made to look blurry with the owners’ steep demands on the players.

  1. killerpgh - Sep 9, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Does anyone know if the coaches get paid during the lock out? I would guess yes, but that is only a guess.

  2. id4joey - Sep 10, 2012 at 6:10 AM

    They do get paid, and will be doing a lot of scouting if there is a strike. Since when is this guy the voice of reason? Maybe he should learn to partner with the media.

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