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What they’re saying about the Tortorella firing

May 29, 2013, 1:51 PM EDT

A sampling of reactions to the news that the New York Rangers dismissed head coach John Tortorella on Wednesday:

Michael Grange, Sportsnet:

Michael Farber, Sports Illustrated:

Darren Dreger, TSN:

Matt Sekeres, TEAM 1040 Vancouver Radio:

Kevin Paul Dupont, Boston Globe

Nick Cotsonika, Yahoo!:

Chris Stevenson, Sun Media:

And, finally, what would any Tortorella post be without a reaction from the New York Post’s Larry Brooks?


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  1. ron05342 - May 29, 2013 at 1:54 PM


    A lot of vitriol out there in Twitterland.

    • blackfoot11 - May 29, 2013 at 2:13 PM

      …and alot of keyboard courage. Not a Torts defender, but none of the guys above would have the stones to say this directly to the man, except for Brooksie.

      • drone501 - May 29, 2013 at 2:39 PM

        hell, torts is a little guy.

      • 950003cups - May 29, 2013 at 2:53 PM

        Brooks should drive Torts to the bus stop, then kick his ass.

        Ode to:

    • huhsj - May 29, 2013 at 3:41 PM

      Mostly media members who are mad because Torts wasn’t nice to them.

  2. 950003cups - May 29, 2013 at 1:55 PM


  3. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 29, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    No one wants to play for a douchebag that throws his players under the bus at the first opportunity to excuse coaching blunders.

    Simple as that.

  4. sjsharks66 - May 29, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    I hope NBC replaces jones with Torts… Can you imagine him and mike.

    Sweet jesus

    • DED - May 29, 2013 at 2:00 PM

      That would put the Milbury – Roenick sparring to shame!

    • drone501 - May 29, 2013 at 2:41 PM

      great point. i wouldn’t miss that for the world.

  5. imleftcoast - May 29, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    I don’t like bullies. I seriously hope NBC doesn’t give the guy a pulpit. Seriously, do the right thing on this one.

    • hockeyflow33 - May 29, 2013 at 2:02 PM

      Bullies? How old are you?

  6. freneticgarfieldfan - May 29, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    I’m a contrarian and think it’s a pitty he got sacked. He’s one of a few remaining character guys (at the other end of the spectrum than dumbass Avery).
    I truely hope he’ll find another NHL head coaching job soon.

  7. DED - May 29, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    I am shocked (shocked!) that Brooks sad such a mean thing about his buddy, Tortz.

  8. hockeyflow33 - May 29, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    The amount of times these slobs in the media have piled on players reaches an untold number. Now they aren’t happy that someone with some accountability did that? The media makes me sick.

    Of course Tortorella is a db to you. He’s paid to coach hockey, not glad-hand keyboard jockeys.

    • comeonnowguys - May 29, 2013 at 2:08 PM

      You can call them on their BS. And you can be a dick. A lot of people try to disguise the latter as the former, but doing one is not the same as being the other.

      • hockeyflow33 - May 29, 2013 at 2:17 PM


  9. bronxsanman - May 29, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    That was harsh brooksie. But since you are the one true voice of hockey in this area that I respect, Torts must have been worse than I thought! LMFAO. I’m also sure that Carl Hagelin or maybe Chris Krieder will miss him as much as you do. I have never seen a coach stifle players with offensive talent so much.

  10. hockeywithdrawal - May 29, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    If someone hired Milbury, someone will hire Torts. There’s a premium paid on scum in the media.

  11. rpiotr01 - May 29, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Nick Cotsonika got it right – I think every Ranger fan knew this time would come eventually. Torts’ style just doesn’t have staying power. He grinds, whips and berates, and guys respond by chugging up the mountain harder than you think they could. Tampa got over the top, the Rangers last year fell short. Both teams were mentally drained from him after the final push and collapsed from the burden.

    There are comments Lundqvist made, and they get a lot of attention, but look at some of the other stuff. Carl Hagelin publicly going back at Torts after the coach said he stinks. Or look at Torts’ reaction to Ryan McDonagh talking about Staal having trouble with his eye, telling him to shut up and mind his own business. Players really don’t like that stuff and there’s really no reason for it. It’s one thing to drive them hard, it’s another to bully them.

    Lombardi has a reputation for being a hard coach, but he also knew when and how to throttle things down with certain players and soften up. Torts lacks that nuance, and it only works for so long, even though it may work for a little while. Fact is, there are plenty of teams in the league who would love to have 4 straight trips to the playoffs, including one to a conference finals. He’ll get a job somewhere.

    • DED - May 29, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      @rpictr01: Do you have a link for the Hags going back at Tortz or Tortz reaction to McD? I’d like to see that for myself as it would certainly bolster the claim that Tortz lost the team and, as Sather put it, his “shelf life” had expired.

  12. ltcompton - May 29, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    There really isn’t any gray area here. I have no problem with people who think he is a good coach, I thought he showed very well on 24/7 a couple of years ago. He is not a very good human being however and as he realized that his team stopped playing for him, his behavior crossed a line. He didn’t treat anyone with respect (or even basic decency) as far as I could see, including reporters, his players and even managed to tell his owner to shut-up last year when said owner suggested that the Rangers were close to another cup. There is no excuse for the way he treated people and while I liked him to a degree, his act grew very tired and ultimately very distasteful. I’m glad he’s gone, Rangers fans deserve better as do the players.

    “Hagelin stinks” – why Tortorella would say such a thing is just hard to comprehend

    The team hates the guy and with good reason, even Mike Keenan kept it behind closed doors

  13. mikmaq777 - May 29, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    We may see Torts on HNIC hot stove or on NBC. Maybe he can replace Milbury.

  14. sjsfanman - May 29, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Oh no, these POOR POOR media guys… Torts was mean to them, thats terrible! He is a terrible person! How hypocritical! Especially from NY media! These are the same jerks that crucify athletes at every possible opportunity. The same people that threw Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin under the bus….(before they won a superbowl of course, now they are Hall of Famers) The media and their “anonymous sources” are a bunch of gutless cry babies… Mean old Torts picked on them because they couldn’t fight back? What was stopping them? It’s one thing to go after him for treating his players bad, its a joke to cry that he treated the media bad.

  15. travishenryskid - May 29, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Putting Torts in the “Bad human category” and hoping “he rots” for not catering to your job needs, really just puts you in the “bad human category,” Michael Grange. The man has done lots of charitable work, breaks no laws, contributes to society. His greatest offense? He makes reporters mad. What a joke. I don’t care for him as a coach, but what a joke that is.

  16. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 29, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    He may show up on TSN, HNIC, or perhaps NBC. Like Keenan did after he was out of a coaching job. Can Torts replace Milbury?

  17. betrayedbylife - May 29, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    sports media should be mocked, made fun of, called out, made to look stupid and argued with because most of the time they act like a tabloid, trying to corral the most entertaining and humiliating stories about athletes instead of just informing us of scores and plays.

  18. ironmike778 - May 29, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Tortorella deserves all of the backlash he gets. He treats people like garbage.

  19. homerx - May 29, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    How quickly we all forget. At one point Keenan benched Richter, Messier and Leech. Saying Hags stinks on the power play is not a big deal. The fact he said it 100 times is the issue. Quite frankly Hags does stink on the PP, very good elsewhere, everyone can’t do everything.

    I’m indifferent about his firing. They have not won the cup under Torts so it can’t get any worse.

  20. canucks30 - May 29, 2013 at 5:04 PM

  21. pastabelly - May 29, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    His style of play is bad for the game. If Tuukka Rask had actually shown up for game 4, it would have been a sweep.

  22. pastabelly - May 29, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Coaching of that power play stunk. Take responsibility rather than blame players. Good bye.

  23. punksinplay - May 29, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Media guys are such babies… You would think they would have a thicker skin considering how much they dump on folks.

    • stakex - May 29, 2013 at 8:21 PM

      For the most part, they can do it without blowback. When someone throws it back at them, this is how they act….

      A lot of people don’t even understand why Torts had should trouble with the media. Whenever they would write or say things about him and his players that was BS, he publicly called them on it. They don’t like that, and have set about making Torts into some rageing monster whos just as a-hole. In a world where people’s opinions are so easily swayed by anything they read, the media did a great job.

  24. benrob99 - May 29, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Afraid of saying it to his face?!?! I’m no “Internet tough guy” but what is Torts… 50 years old and about 5’7??? I’m pretty sure I’m not afraid to say ANYTHING to his face.

    As for all the piling on, it’s pretty simple. If you treat people like &#*$ for years and years then be prepared for them to revel in your failures.

  25. stakex - May 29, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    I have just two questions… who the hell is Michael Grange and who pissed in his cheerios this morning? Hes acting like Torts killed a kitten during a press conference or something, when they guy was just a demanding coach that didn’t like talking to the press…..

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