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First of all, the news of John Tortorella coaching at the All Star game this season speaks volumes to what the Rangers coach has achieved this season. Several Rangers players have received media kudos and attention for the way they have worked their way to the top of the Eastern Conference this year and rightly so. However one person who has not received enough praise is the man that leads them, John Tortorella.
Perhaps overshadowed by the impressive play on the ice as well as the unnecessary, unfortunate handling of Sean Avery, Tortorella has proved this year that he is still an elite coach. The all star nod helps give the coach credit (for the record, the player voting by fans is a farce and totally de-values the event; however plenty of worth is still in the coaching choices).
Forget about being the winningest coach in US history, even though it’s a great accolade. Tort’s has stuck to his beliefs, gone with youth and transformed this club in to one with a huge future. Naturally there’s many elements of the Rangers return to prominence to tip your Broadway hat to; the great farm system, the great scouting, Sather’s ‘re-awakening’, player development etc, etc – they all deserve huge credit. However so does Tortorella.
The kind of guy Tortorella is, he’ll always have critics, people calling for his head and perhaps even after a Rangers Cup win might never be totally loved. He probably wouldn’t have it any other way. Indeed, here at the blog we’ve been critics of certain aspects of his time with the club, but he has always been the right guy for this team, water bottle tantrum or not.
During the Winter Classic (and well done to NBC for pointing it out – consider me shocked) Tortorella made subtle changes with the lines and tactics that tilted the game back towards the Rangers towards the end of the second period. His manoeuvring was integral to the Rangers comeback and it’s nice that it was acknowledged during the commentary.
Yes, it’s still the players that need to get it done on the ice but the coach remained focussed, calm and thoughtful throughout – even when the ever annoying Pierre McGuire was interviewing him. At the classic Tortorella out-duelled Peter Laviolette, another good coach by the way (when he’s not butting Dallas Stars players) and subsequently Torts sits proudly atop of the Eastern Conference with his team.
The Rangers are well on their way to cementing their place as a contender for this season and beyond. However despite the wonderful season the Rangers coach remains focused to the end, as evidenced by his refusal to acknowledge the team as a contender this season – just yet. It’s time to give a huge amount of credit to the guy that’s steering this team to unrivalled recent success. Tort’s has done well to earn 358 career victories and it’s a nice achievement. Maybe he’ll get to celebrate a second cup soon enough and really get the credit he deserves.
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Following Monday's Winter Classic Rangers coach John Tortorella's comments suggested that the league and officials were conspiring to get the game to overtime. On Wednesday, in his first public comments since the, Tortorella was singing a completely different tune via Blueshirts United.
"They were sarcastic comments by me at the wrong time, and it was
Per Dan Rosen of NHL.com, Rangers coach John Tortorella has clinched his spot to coach in the All Star Game. Tortorella clinched his spot with last night’s win over the Panthers, ensuring that the Rangers will have at least the second best record in the Eastern Conference. The best record may wind up belonging to the Boston Bruins, but Claude Julien is already pre-selected to coach...
For starters, I do not think that New York Rangers’ head coach John Tortorella needed to apologize for the comments he made about the officiating after the 2012 Winter Classic in Monday evening.
The officiating was inconsistent and while it was obviously not “fixed” to go into overtime, the officials certainly tried to get it to that point. They either let of things go that...
New York Rangers coach John Tortorella says it was just playful sarcasm in regards to his comments after the Winter Classic 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Those comments, more specifically, is when he eluded to the referees and NBC getting together to bring the game into overtime:
“I’m not sure if NBC got together with the refs to turn this into an overtime...
… I honestly thought it would be a lot less, around $10k. I understand where the NHL is coming from but don’t agree with the amount.
From Dan Rosen at NHL.com:
The Rangers’ overtime win Thursday was significant for more than just the fact that it preserved their lead in the Eastern Conference standings. John Tortorella also clinched a spot on one of the benches in the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game.
The coach of the team in each conference with the best points percentage through games played on Jan. 9...
John Tortorella does not want his players buying into Stanley Cup hype, at least not three months into the season since no team is the same in the spring as in January. The results so far suggest otherwise for a team with one Stanley Cup in more than 70 years.
John Tortorella called reporters' questions about whether the New York Rangers are ready to make a Stanley Cup run ...
Tom Schreier’s response to John Tortorella’s rant after the Winter Classic.
An apology didn't get John Tortorella off the hook. The NHL fined the Rangers coach for criticizing Winter Classic refs and suggesting, perhaps sarcastically, a conspiracy to force OT.
Too bad HBO's "24/7" cameras were packed up. New York Rangers coach John Tortorella had one final Winter Classic sound bite in the aftermath of his critical postgame comments following an otherwise ideal showcase game: An apology. Tortorella told reporters at the team's practice facility Wednesday that he was sorry for calling the officiating in the game "disgusting...
New York Rangers coach John Tortorella was fined $30,000 by the NHL for critical comments of the league and the officials after the Winter Classic victory against Philadelphia. Just hours after Tortorella publicly apologized for his remarks, the NHL came down hard on the combustible coach Wednesday night. ESPNNewYork.com and the NBC Sports Network first reported the amount of the fine.
In ESPN.com's Trophy Tracker they feel that John Tortorella is the leading candidate for the Jack Adams Trophy (Coach of the Year)...1. John Tortorella, New York RangersNotwithstanding Tortorella's off-base suggestion that on-ice officials were conspiring against the New York Rangers in Monday's Winter Classic (which he subsequently apologized for), the heart-on-his-sleeve...
If there was one certainty heading into the 2011-2012 season, it was that this Rangers’ team coached by John Tortorella was going to work hard. It has been their blueprint for several seasons now, and it was this lunch pail approach, manifested in their choice of Ryan Callahan as Captain, that brought the club to the point where they were capable of competing with any opponent...