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PHT Morning Skate: Reactions to firing Tortorella

May 30, 2013, 7:16 AM EDT


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Count former NHL all-star Paul Kariya among the long list of people that are supportive of the Colorado Avalanche’s decision to hire Patrick Roy as the team’s head coach. (Denver Post)

19-year-old defenseman James Melindy has inked a three-year, entry-level contract with the Phoenix Coyotes. (

Jesse Spector liked the challenge that came with interviewing recently fired Rangers coach John Tortorella. (Sporting News)

Tortorella might not have been the most popular person, but Nicholas J. Cotsonika says that’s not why he was fired. (Yahoo! Sports)

A recap of the San Jose Sharks-Los Angeles Kings series in picture form. (LA Kings Insder)

Canadiens captain Brian Gionta is continuing his rehab of his torn left bicep. He’s hoping to be ready for training camp after dealing with a torn right bicep last year. “(Canadiens’ orthopedic surgeon Paul Martineau) was telling me this time, ‘Make sure everyone knows it’s your other arm. Make sure they know it wasn’t anything I repaired last year that went wrong,’” Gionta said, laughing. (Montreal Gazette)

A look at three potential amnesty buyout options for the Washington Capitals. (CSN Washington)

Highlights from Chicago’s 2-1 overtime win over Detroit:

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  1. rowdy1854 - May 30, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    John Tortorella is a complete jerk and deserved to be fired. He treated the press like crap and just had an attitude like his crap didn’t stink. I understand at times they ask dumb questions, but a lot of times the question they asked where relative to what happened in the game and why the team lost.

    • chip56 - May 30, 2013 at 7:41 AM

      That’s bunk. Lots of coaches across the board in sports treat the media like crap. A coach’s relationship with the press doesn’t have to be good. Torts was fired because of his relationship with his players, not the people covering the team.

  2. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 30, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    Gionta and Kaberle should be considered as options for the amnesty buyout.

    If Torts’ only problem was with the press he still might have a job. However, I’ve always believed he should have been more collaborative as opposed to being antagonistic. Don’t get me wrong. Dealing with the media on a daily basis is no easy chore, but it comes with the all the fun things associated with being a professional coach. As a coach you are living on borrowed time already, but if you’re constantly in the players faces with public displays of disgust, then you get tuned out. His time as coach in the NHL may be over.

  3. myroncopesflask - May 30, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    He should get a bonus for treating the press like crap! The media today is a far cry from back in the day. The media used to be the only way fans could get inside the locker room but with today’s social media the media has been reduced to vultures that only try to get coaches and players to say something stupid so they can bury them. He deserved to get fired because he lost his locker room, not for how he treat a bunch of asshats! 1975

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 30, 2013 at 12:27 PM

      It’s unfair to put all journalists in the same bunch. Like any profession there are good incumbents and not so good incumbents. Torts is not so good when dealing with the media compared to others in the business. The way he treated the press is a symptom of his problem, and that problem manifested itself when dealing with players. If you reward him for antagonizing the press, what so you do with other coaches who were collaborative? Do you fire them? If as a cook you can’t stand the heat, then get out of the kitchen. As a coach if you can’t stand the press, then get away from the bench.

  4. bleedrangerblue - May 30, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Yes torts stinks!

  5. stachowiakjp - May 30, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    No, he is a great coach. His defense was one of the best in the league the last two years. He also coached the best captain in the league, Ryan Callahan. He just couldn’t handle the stupid New York media. Also didn’t help that his offense sucked and he put Brad Richards in the 4th line.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 30, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      Great coach. Best captain of the league, best defense, and I’ll throw another ‘best of’, goalie. Guy had all this, and very good offensive potential that stalled, and yet you blame the press. Do you know the name of a famous river that runs from Africa to Egypt?

      • sheckyrimshot - May 30, 2013 at 4:15 PM

        egypt is in africa

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 30, 2013 at 4:45 PM

        Hahaha! Of course. :-) otherwise Africa is very big country.

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