This year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs has had it all, and we are not even through the Conference Finals yet (well they are about done in the West to be honest). Numerous suspensions, check. Numerous non-suspensions, check. High scoring games, Check. Shutouts, Check. Inspiring stories of untested netminders, check. Unexpected early departures, check. All of which has apparently left John Tortorella speechless when it comes to his post-game pressers.
Or maybe not.
Hockey writers from across the spectrum have taken up their pens to decry the tight-lipped New York Ranger bench boss’ handling of the media post-match. Logging less ice time than Gaborik in Game 2, journalists are barely walking away with a few talking points, let alone a one-liner during the brief appearances of the coach.
This frustration has led to a bit of a lashing out against Tortorella, which is somewhat understandable, hard to give your readers the answers they want when you yourself can’t get them. Some might say Tortorella has an obligation to the fans to explain decisions he has made (such as the Gaborik benching), but he has chosen to “keep it in the room” as it were. Should we all be surprised by this?
Not in the least.
Here’s a presser featuring Tortorella from 2007 when he was still with the Tampa Bay Lightning:
Sounds familiar does it not? He has been doing this for years, but for whatever reason this is what everyone has decided to focus on. Maybe the league has put pressure on the writers to stop the discussion on player safety, league discipline, or its referees. Sound far fetched?
Well the league slapped Tortorella with a fine when he made remarks about the refereeing and broadcast partner NBC after the Winter Classic:
Coyotes‘ coach Dave Tippett, was practically alluding to the refereeing by using the players as examples after WCF Game 3 (heaven forbid he should say the refereeing has been spastic at best):
To be fair though, drama and scandal does sell better than hard truths. So we will be left with the Torts Hate Parade.
- Jim Courteau
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