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Tortorella says he loves Brad Richards; those who deny that can ‘kiss his [bleep]’

May 23, 2013, 10:38 PM EDT

John Tortorella AP

New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella made big-money forward Brad Richards a healthy scratch in an eventual Game 4 win, but he insists that the two remain tight.

Naturally, he insisted in a boisterous and profane way, as’s Joe Haggerty reports.

“I love that guy,” Tortorella said. “I’ve grown up with that guy. Kiss my [expletive deleted] if you’ve written anything differently.”

It’s not the first time Torts’ comments have needed a parental advisory, and with the second-round series extended for at least one more contest, it might not be the last.

Of course, the bigger question is: will his buddy appear in Game 5? Tortorella didn’t provide an answer on Thursday.

He’s willing to admit that he is relieved that the Rangers avoided elimination, however.

“I’m happy for them,” Tortorella said. “They’re still breathing.”

Also still alive: the “what will Tortorella say next?” game.

  1. alwaysgame7 - May 23, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Is this news? You give Torts a mic in front of him you should expect answers like this.

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - May 23, 2013 at 11:08 PM

      You stay classy John!!

      • alwaysgame7 - May 24, 2013 at 12:38 AM

        Lol I wasn’t defending him, just merely pointing out every news conference the guy has it makes NBC news. First it was him saying his player sucks on the power play, then it was “god damned important” now this. NBCSN keeps playing his post game interview and they’re giddy over it. I do feel bad for Rangers fans that they have this clown as a coach.

      • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - May 24, 2013 at 1:02 AM

        I know alwaysgame,

        While I do think that society has become overly PC at times, I think Torts simply likes being an jerk. And honestly, there are too many of those in the world to begin with. So, he doesn’t need to add to it or set an example for them.

        I’m not even a fan of some of the media types that take it upon themselves to write some really worthless articles. But, on the other hand the majority of reporters are simply doing their job and covering a sport they love. So, watching him act like an @$$ to all of them makes me hope people treat him the same way.

  2. tdrusher225 - May 23, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    There is no way Brad Richards should dress for another Rangers game. This was the only lineup the Rangers threw out that actually worked, you’re not going to mess with that for a guy who was getting dominated by the Bruins’ 4th line. He is putrid as a 4th line center and the Rangers would be smart to buy this guy out at the end of the season.

    • barkar942 - May 24, 2013 at 1:48 AM

      If they have any real intention of buying out Richards, he will never hit the ice again as a Ranger. You can’t buy out an injured player.

      • tdrusher225 - May 24, 2013 at 3:31 PM

        Looks like he may not dress for another game, which is smart. Keep this guy healthy so you can get his ass out of there. Great guy and hope he does well, but he is useless on that team.

  3. pitpenguinsrulez - May 23, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    I wonder if taintedlombardis will cry about Torts swearing again. Honestly I think tainted needs to grow a set and suck it up! Who cares that Torts swore on national TV

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - May 23, 2013 at 11:14 PM

      The bigger issue is that too many people think Torts acting like an @$$ is him being real when in reality it’s just him being an @$$.

      If he doesn’t like the media, fine….but set an example that emboldens other people to act like that as well. His disposition is classless and tactless and if he doesn’t like it he should take every last drop of criticism he gets.

    • barkar942 - May 24, 2013 at 1:50 AM

      Not sure if it was just him or the linesman saying that F word late in the game.

      • 19to77 - May 24, 2013 at 2:11 AM

        In the other thread, several people confirmed it was the ref. Someone even posted a link I believe. Not that it’s out of character for Torts of course, but you’re right to wonder.

      • tfaltin - May 24, 2013 at 8:01 AM

        I think it was the linesman given the “You had your say” line.

  4. pirovash88 - May 23, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    What will torts say next? “please don’t fire me!!”

  5. stakex - May 23, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Welcome to prude nation, where the word “ass” has to be sensored.

    Seriesouly, why is everything Torts says a story? There has been a story for damn near every press conference hes had this year… and a lot of times the question he was asked isn’t included, making his responses look worse.

    And of course Richards won’t be in game five.

    • alwaysgame7 - May 24, 2013 at 12:39 AM

      Exactly what i was saying.

  6. twayward - May 24, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    didn’t Torts make similar remarks re Gaborik — excellent player having a rough go of it, we have a great relationship — right before Gabby dealt to Columbus?

  7. girouxed - May 24, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    The rangers are toast.

  8. bobhpine - May 24, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    I don’t deny it John. I think you love Brad Richards’ a$$. You’re gonna win the cup.

    Wait no you won’t. You suck.

  9. benrob99 - May 24, 2013 at 4:49 AM

    Torts is an [expletive deleted]

  10. cheesesteak75 - May 24, 2013 at 6:38 AM

    The blind squirrel found a nut. The world will be a better place when Mr. Zero Class is no longer a coach in the NHL.

    • tomahawk1234 - May 24, 2013 at 7:20 AM

      I must agree. I truly believe the guy isn’t all there…Rangers are done anyway….

  11. ironmike778 - May 24, 2013 at 6:41 AM

    What a total fraud this jerk is. It’s all just some lame tough guy act. Nothing genuine about it at all.

    • mountainmantride - May 24, 2013 at 2:55 PM

      Totally agree. He is a fraud. The lineup he had in Tampa won his only cup with their talent. Not his. Since then he has an approximate 20% winning percentage in the playoffs (that’s an 80% losing percentage). I say approximate ’cause I don’t have the exact numbers handy, I did the research and then the math a couple weeks ago and it turns out Johnny-boy loses nearly 80% of the time in the playoffs since Tampa.

  12. johnstone17 - May 24, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    As a Rangers fan I am so tired of his act. you were asked a ligitimate question & this is how you answer? On top of that, he says he’s happy for ” them” not “us” that “they” not “we” survived. Seperating himself from the team? Makes you wonder about his leadership.

  13. mountainmantride - May 24, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    The Bruins need to put this poor, pathetic, pathalogical moron out of his misery. He needs to sell used f&$@ing golf carts for a living. The man doesn’t deserve the be behind the bench of a Pee Wee team.

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