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Tortorella wants better working relationship with media

Jul 4, 2013, 9:53 AM EDT

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John Tortorella’s relationship with the media while serving as the head coach of the New York Rangers was often heated, to the point where he recently lamented that he had been defined as “that lunatic.”

Tortorella was been fired by the Rangers and hired as the head coach of the Vancouver Canucks. It’s a chance for a new start and that’s something he wants to take advantage of.

“I know the scrutiny and the pressure and the media and I think I need to do a much better job at cultivating a relationship,” Tortorella told TSN Radio 1050. “There will be mistakes along the way but I certainly need to straighten a few things out as we begin this.”

Of course, we’ll have to wait until we get into the heart of the regular season and then playoffs before we have a good idea of how Tortorella’s handling of the Vancouver media will be any different. However, Tortorella insists that this is something he genuinely believes in.

“Listen, I’m not going to go out to dinner and hang with the media but I need a working relationship,” Tortorella said. He added that it won’t be a “love-fest.”

Tortorella’s renewed efforts come after he had time to reflect in between jobs.

“No matter if it’s in Vancouver or wherever, and I’m very fortunate for another stop here, when you’re told you’re no longer wanted as a coach, you end up reflecting and assessing,” said Tortorella.

“I’ve done some pretty stupid things along the way… I’m going to try and get some of the stupid things out of the way.”

Tortorella also spoke about Roberto Luongo after he had a chance to talk with the goaltender following the Cory Schneider trade. He feels Luongo will be “the backbone of our team.”

Luongo was originally going to speak to 99.3 The Fox today, but that interview was canceled.


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  1. drone501 - Jul 4, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    a newer and kinder torts.

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jul 4, 2013 at 11:54 AM

      Some offense would benefit Tortorella teams more than anything he can do with the media.

  2. thailer35 - Jul 4, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Not buying it yet. He may genuinely want to, but I don’t think he has the maturity or self control.

  3. hosewater2 - Jul 4, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    You ever notice how the media writes more and more stories about the media? You folks aren’t the story, I am not interested in you building your brand name recognition, and I just don’t care if my team’s coach is rude to you, belittles you, or humiliates you. How many of Pierre McGuire’s or Larry Brooks’ stupid questions could any of us take before getting irritated?

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jul 4, 2013 at 12:01 PM

      Better Pierre McGuire than Mike Milbury. But his Bruins lost so I’m happy.

  4. letsgopens8771 - Jul 4, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    A torts that can coexist with the media. I thought the world was supposed to end last year?

  5. semiahmoowr - Jul 4, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Tortorella gets angry with the media when people lacking hockey knowledge ask vague, dumb questions. “John, your team lost tonight. How do you feel?”

  6. kingcobraman - Jul 4, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    he’s human , as mentioned … stupid repeat questions would make me irate , just like the driver doing 55 in the fast lane …

  7. banger60 - Jul 4, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    if anyone believes that, well………..

  8. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jul 4, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Hope someone in the Canucks management suggests he have a better working relationship with his players as well. Otherwise I suggest a new drill during the team’s practices. Take shots from the offensive blue line and have Torts block shots. :-)

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