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Oates: I’d ‘easily’ beat up Tortorella in a fight

May 16, 2013, 5:22 PM EDT

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Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates is not a big John Tortorella fan.

Responding to Tortorella’s claim that Washington was “whining” about a lack of power plays in the Eastern Conference quarterfinal, Oates told Washington’s 106.7 The Fan radio that the Rangers coach was “out of line” with his comments.

Oh yeah, he also said he could beat up Torts in a fight — easily.

Here’s more, from CBS Washington:

When asked by LaVar [Arrington} and [Chad] Dukes what he thinks about Torts openly trashing his team, he had a response ready to go.

“Well, I think he’s out of line,” Oates said. “He should be worried about his own series. We didn’t whine once during the series. I never complained. I don’t know, did you guys ever hear me complain about officiating?”

“Not you, no,” Chad Dukes answered.

“No? Ovi did after Game Seven,” he continued. “No one complained before any game. I met with a supervisor before Game Seven. You meet with a supervisor before every single game. We never complained about anything.”

But his response to Lavar’s next question really turns it up a notch.

Lavar: Coach, I just want to know… would you beat him up in a one-on-one situation?

Oates: Yes. Easily.

You can listen to the audio here but, as CBS Washington points out, Oates doesn’t sound like he’s joking or playing around with his answer.

In case you’re curious, Tortorella goes 5-foot-8, 175 pounds. Oates is 5-foot-11, 190 pounds.

  1. 950003cups - May 16, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Hahaha!! I would’ve rather seen DeBoer vs Tortorella. But if Oates wants a piece of him, I’d watch that too.

    • mstew10034 - May 17, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      WOULD LOVE TO SEE DEBORE (DeBoer) IN THE PLAYOFFS BUT HIS LOSER TEAM COULDN’T MAKE IT…

  2. 19to77 - May 16, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Lavar Arrington is a tool for asking such a stupid question. Oates should probably have known better than to humour him when everyone from the GM to the players is under fire for excuse-making and immaturity. Joke or not, really not helping an already pretty pathetic team image.

    • ikillchicken - May 16, 2013 at 6:53 PM

      Seems like a pretty harmless joke question. If Oates opted to take it seriously that’s on him. And if not, people making an issue of this are just being silly.

  3. sjsharks66 - May 16, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Torts is a midget!

    • drone501 - May 16, 2013 at 11:29 PM

      i would like to see a reporter beat his ass after pissing off torts.

      • txtst6 - May 17, 2013 at 7:04 PM

        Hey, I like The Caps, I just think Adam Oates, Blows at being the coach, yes he should be fired! He Sucks. I certainly think Tortorella would beat his ass!

  4. tortshaswarts - May 16, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    He should probably teach his team how to fight so they wont lay down in a game 7

    • mstew10034 - May 17, 2013 at 12:54 PM

      THEY WILL ALWAYS LAY DOWN, IT’S WHAT THEY DO… OVIE IS A CHEAPSHOT LOSER ALWAYS ENTERS A SCRUM FROM BEHIND SO HE CAN GRAB SOMEONE FROM BEHIND AROUND THE NECK… RUSSIAN COWARD, DA!

      • wutzthedeal - May 17, 2013 at 7:32 PM

        That’s hilarious! Sidney Crosby; gets broken jaw with a puck to the face, misses more than a month of hockey, wears enormous protective gear to return.

        Alexander Ovechkin; had his nose broken in a game, scores four goals after. This year, gets his foot broken in the playoffs, doesn’t even leave the ice, or the playoffs. Then he played in the World’s with a broken foot. Never wore protective gear.

        Coward? Hahahahahahah!

  5. manchestermiracle - May 16, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    What a great idea for the 2nd intermission in the first game next year between these two. Sure would beat the hell (pun intended) out of listening to the talking heads blathering on. Would anyone except Ranger fans be rooting for Turd Torts?

  6. fivetozeroingame7 - May 16, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    You’ve got plenty of time to get ready for a fight, Oatsie.

    You know why?

    FIVE TO ZERO IN GAME 7!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • yotesfan61 - May 16, 2013 at 5:59 PM

      Did you specifically change/make a new name for this comment alone? Cause that’s pretty genius.

    • rico004 - May 16, 2013 at 6:07 PM

      The fact that you actually took the time to make that your screen name is pathetic…just sayin

      • fivetozeroingame7 - May 16, 2013 at 6:51 PM

        You’re absolutely right. This name isn’t nearly descriptive enough.

        I should have made it:

        FIVE TO ZERO IN GAME SEVEN IN YOUR OWN BUILDING.

    • mstew10034 - May 17, 2013 at 12:31 PM

      BUY THESE RANGER HATERS A DRINK, I SUGGEST AN “OVIE”, A WHITE RUSSIAN, WITH NO ICE AND NOOOO CUP. AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    • theclaim - May 17, 2013 at 6:32 PM

      Put simply Oates is a class act, and Torts is an ass…FACT

    • txtst6 - May 17, 2013 at 7:04 PM

      Hey, I like The Caps, I just think Adam Oates, Blows at being the coach, yes he should be fired! He Sucks. I certainly think Tortorella would beat his ass!

  7. spavs412 - May 16, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    At least he can beat him at something bc he surely lost the coaching battle

  8. johnstone17 - May 16, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    As a Rangers fan, I think Tortorella is a jack off. But why would another NHL coach even indulge that line of questioning? Makes the Caps look like there are bigger issues there.

  9. whiskytango333 - May 16, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Who wouldnt want to see Tortorella spitting blood. Hes gotta be one of the most obnoxious people in hockey.

    • mstew10034 - May 17, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      WHISKYTANGO IS ABOUT RIGHT FOR YOUR NAME, ANOTHER NYC WANNABE…

  10. Stiller43 - May 16, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Torts is 5’8″? No wonder he’s angry all the time

  11. bricktop02 - May 16, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Tort’s is a pretty big asshole for being such a little guy.

    • pone27 - May 16, 2013 at 6:57 PM

      It’s called Napoleon syndrome.

      Oates, beat his ass so he can whine and refuse to answer on how he got his ass kicked!

    • mstew10034 - May 17, 2013 at 1:05 PM

      AND YOU HAVE PERSONAL KNOWLEDGE OF TORTS ASSHOLE WHY/HOW??? LOSER.

  12. dabutcha114 - May 16, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Wow hi

  13. capsfan19 - May 16, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    Ha theres no way he was serious people, please….

  14. bronxsanman - May 16, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Now all of a sudden Adam Oates is a tough guy? Please. I certainly don’t remember any heavyweight bouts during his career. Now he wants to pick on a little guy who never played in the league. I have a message for you Adam. Stick to what you do best. Coaching the league’s highest paid underachiever! LETS GO RANGERS!!!!!!!

    • mmmpierogi - May 16, 2013 at 8:38 PM

      If Torts was just a “little guy who never played in the league,” it’d be one thing — instead, he’s one of (if not the) the most annoying, whiniest coaches in the EC and always feels the need to make some comment.

      I almost wish Oates was serious and that this would somehow transpire during a game — even if it was the weakest fight ever, I’d still like to see a good Torts slap.

      • mstew10034 - May 17, 2013 at 12:24 PM

        WERE YOU IN THE BATHROOM WHEN YOU WROTE THIS PIROGI-BOY? GETS YOU EXCITED HUH?

    • pone27 - May 16, 2013 at 9:05 PM

      Not a Ranger hater, but dude, dont talk about highest paid underachiever.. Make the phrase highest paid underacheiver(s) and you have yourself the New York Rangers.

      Name those big contracts with no cups since 94, I am sure you can. Ill help to start: Drury, Gomez, ill even throw in Redden to help you and Sather out.

      Hawks fan, but listening to Torts and Ranger fans open their mouth when they have won NOTHING just makes me laugh.

      Good luck against the Bruins

      • mstew10034 - May 17, 2013 at 1:01 PM

        DON’T YOU LOVE PINHEADS THAT START THEIR POST “NOT A RANGER HATER” (BUT I HATE THEM SO MUCH I CAN’T GO POTTY IF I THINK ABOUT THEM!!!) IS WHAT THEY REALLY MEAN, JUST ANOTHER NEW YORK WANNABE…

  15. remosnozzberri82 - May 16, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Yeah and the hawks are the bastion of NHL excellence. Shut the hell up and acknowledge the winningest American coach in the NHL . U fat f?$k

  16. drone501 - May 16, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    think the toughest coach in the league would be mike yeo. toughest asst coach would be craig berube , closely by tony granado. think the pansy of this whole group would be hitchcock, coach of the blues, not alfred.

    • mstew10034 - May 17, 2013 at 12:20 PM

      YOU’VE SENT FAR TOO MUCH TIME THINKING ABOUT THIS…

      • kirkmcleansbaby - May 18, 2013 at 2:25 PM

        And you’ve SPENT far too much time commenting on EVERYTHING IN CAPS!! Is your button broken?
        You know using all caps has a certain way of making someone who uses them look like a total douch-bag that has no clue what they are talking about!

  17. REDSKINSFORLIFE - May 17, 2013 at 6:06 AM

    I would love to see Oates grab him by his mullet and just slam his face into the ground. Torts is such a tool.

    • mstew10034 - May 17, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      PERHAPS ‘FORESKINSFORLIFE” WOULD BE A MORE APPROPRIATE NAME FOR YOU BECAUSE IT’S OBVIOUS YOUR A DICK… WE WIN… SIT DOWN AND HAVE NY’S NEWEST DRINK, AN “OVIE”, A WHITE RUSSIAN WITH NO ICE AND NO CUP!!! AHAHAHAHAHAHA

      • kirkmcleansbaby - May 18, 2013 at 2:30 PM

        So to go along with writting everything in caps, you also feel the need to re-post the same lame joke that you ALREADY posted earlier! Man, you are a total winner! lol

  18. tlndma - May 17, 2013 at 7:25 AM

    I’d like to see Sam Rosen kick his arse.

    • mstew10034 - May 17, 2013 at 12:18 PM

      SAM IS GETTING SENILE… CAN’T CALL A GAME ANYMORE, HE NEEDS TO FIND THE PASTURE AND STAY THERE, AND JOE JUST STINKS.

  19. thesableo - May 17, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    Rent. A. Barn.

  20. bruins18 - May 17, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Mstew…. How’s that ot loss feel? You got dominated yesterday shut ur face

  21. laughernyc - May 18, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Ovy is tough, but played like crap, and cost his team the series with his laziness. Oates is a moron for answering that question.

    The refs were awful, except in Game 7, where they let em play. Even up, no calls except infractions with intent to injure, the Rangers kill the Caps. Only reason Caps won Game 2 and 5 was refs.

    Refs wore Rangers down again… should have wiped Caps out in 4 or 5.

    Oates should be fined for this stupidity, as should Ovy for suggesting corruption… fans can do that but not guys being paid by the league. Where was his complaining when he smashed Mark Staal in his fractured head with an elbow behind the play like the coward bully he is? He sickens me.

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