Found May 02, 2012 on The Prospect Park:
Rangers-coach-tortorella


So what was the biggest topic being discussed regarding the New York Rangers on Tuesday? Was it the status of Brandon Dubinsky? Answer no.

Was it what the team needed to do in order to win game three? Answer no. So what exactly was the number one topic regarding the Rangers on Tuesday?

Whether or not John Tortorella was being rude (among other assorted comments) to the media. Now I freely admit that I don't like John Tortorella's methods whether it's coaching or how he deals with people.

But I have to give him some serious credit because even I fell for it for quite a while and that is John Tortorella took the pressure off his team by making himself the focal point of what everybody was talking about. John Tortorella did his job in protecting his team from the media asking about why they lost.

Pat Leonard who covers the Rangers for the Daily News is a good guy but he  devoted a blog post to Tortorella's behavior at the press conference. Tortorella did a masterful job of steering the media into making him the centerpiece of the Ranger news on the day off.

The playoffs yes they take on an almost CIA-style field operation when it comes to trying to find out information. We can only guess whether or not Brandon Dubinsky will play in game three or even if he's done for the playoffs.

It has to be frustrating to have to try to do your job with somebody who doesn't really care if you get your job done or not. Tortorella has always been combative when it comes to dealing with the media and we can argue for hours whether it's right or it's wrong.

It's playoffs and the time where fans want to know everything they can about the Rangers. Sadly it's also the time of the year when hockey coaches want to talk the least thus the fans lose out.

It's almost a mass paranoia the way hockey teams no matter what level act when it comes to basically talking about anything when it comes to the media at playoff time. You can watch player get hurt, breaking arm or take a shot to the head and the only thing that the team will say is that the player has "an upper body injury."

It was very entertaining to hear John Tortorella go "let's talk about the team" and then proceed to shoot down any attempt to really talk about the team. We don't know what he thinks about the penalty Brad Richards took that led to the game-winning goal for Washington.

We could ask John Tortorella 20 direct questions about the New York Rangers and can guarantee that at least half the questions will be answered with "I am not going to talk about that."

Still the mission is accomplished as nobody mentions the Rangers poor play nor does anyone talk about how they lost or what they need to do to win game three. John Tortorella will most likely be the only coach in NHL history who will not answer questions after the Rangers win the Stanley Cup.

But if it's something that takes the pressure off his team then how can we be angry at what Tortorella is doing? Answer we can't as long as the team responds with better play.

Truckstop

As expected Dylan McIlrath (NYR 2010 1st) arrived in Hartford and signed his ATO to join the CT Whale. We don't think he'll play in game one of the Whale's second-round opener but he will play at some point.

You don't bring in the first-round draft picks just for them to sit and watch.

While McIlrath is joining, two other prospects are heading home as the Whale released the Rangers two 2011 fifth round picks, Shane McColgan and Samuel Noreau from their ATOs.

It's not a big deal that both were released because the common practice to bring in players just take a look at how they're doing then letting them go home when they're not going to play. It's chance to give these kids some rest time before they have to start right back up with the training.

Both McColgan and Noreau will be back in New York during the first week of July for the Rangers annual rookie/prospect camp.


THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
RELATED ARTICLES

Is Tortorella’s Act Weighing Down The Rangers?

from Steve Silverman of CBS New York, John Tortorella has created a high-pressure environment around his team. There are indications that his contentious attitude may be starting to weigh on his team as it settles into its second-round series against the Washington Capitals. Tortorella’s tightly wound personality did not have any adverse effects during the regular season when...

Rangers' Tortorella trades barbs with media

John Tortorella's answers at pregame, postgame, and off-day news conferences are about as short as Alex Ovechkin's spins on the ice during the playoffs. The irritable coach of the New York Rangers clearly disdains the ongoing media gatherings he is required to hold as his top-seeded club faces the Washington Capitals in an Eastern Conference semifinal series. Part of it...

Tortorella trades barbs with media

John Tortorella's answers at pregame, postgame, and off-day news conferences are about as short as Alex Ovechkin's spins on the ice during the playoffs. The irritable coach of the New York Rangers clearly disdains the ongoing media gatherings he is required to hold as his top-seeded club faces the Washington Capitals in an Eastern Conference semifinal series. Part of it...

Weary Rangers, exhausted Capitals regroup

The New York Rangers played what amounted to two games over two days just to get one win against with the Washington Capitals. If it was the decisive game of this terse Eastern Conference series, Rangers coach John Tortorella might have been far more enthusiastic about the outcome. Instead, Tortorella looked at the 2-1, three-overtime victory for exactly what it was: a gritty performance...

Dubinsky Still Dinged Up

According to Peter Botte of the Daily News, Brandon Dubinsky was seen walking around on crutches following an optional practice yesterday in Greenburgh. Although Torts hasn’t given any updates on Dubisnky’s status, he was not at this morning’s skate either. Dubinsky apparently suffered a lower-body injury when he was hit by Ottawa’s Zack Smith in Thursday’s Game 7 victory...

Rangers Epitomize Resiliency with Triple Overtime Victory

Since Day One, New York Rangers coach John Tortorella couldn’t stress enough the importance of being well-conditioned throughout an 82-game schedule as well as a potential deep run into the playoffs. Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Washington Capitals made that philosophy vividly clear. In a series that has thus far been [...]

Hitchcock leads Adams Award finalists

Ken Hitchcock, Paul MacLean and John Tortorella have been nominated for the Jack Adams Award, which goes to the head coach who has contributed most to his team's success. Hitchcock took over the St. Louis Blues in early November with the team 6-7. Since then the Blues went 43-15-11 and broke or tied 13 franchise records, including a 21-game home points streak and 30 home wins...

Torts Named Jack Adams Finalist

The NHL announced that John Tortorella along with Ken Hitchcock of the St. Louis Blues and Paul MacLean of the Ottawa Senators have been voted as finalists for the 2012 Jack Adams Award....i know most hockey experts feel Hitchcok is the favor, but the last time I checked Tortorella led the Rangers to the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference with key injuries on defense all season long...

More than "a win"

John Tortorella can downplay the significance of the New York Ranger's triple overtime victory over the Washington Capitals but we can't. This was a huge win not only for the team but also for the fans as the Rangers were able to shed some demons of failures past. Sorry coach but when the team has had so much trouble beating the Capitals in previous playoff years then...

Video: Torts, Rangers Ready for Game vs. Caps

John Tortorella discusses the team's preparation going into tonight's Game 2 vs. the Capitals... To watch at Blueshirts United, click here.To watch the players thoughts, click the "Read More" tab below. Brian Boyle and Chris Kreider met with the media, with Boyle drawing a crowd of reporters as he answered questions about when he might be able...

Dubinsky in a Boot

Here's a pic making its way around the internet that reader Desmond L. sends me of Brandon Dubinsky wearing a boot in a Manhattan convenience store before Monday night's Game 2 vs. the Capitals......never a good thing when you're strolling around Manhattan in a cast and crutches. After seeing this pic I'd be shocked if we see Dubi in this round....the only positive...

Your Jack Adams Award Finalists

NEW YORK (April 30, 2012)—Ken Hitchcock of the St. Louis Blues, Paul MacLean of the Ottawa Senators and John Tortorella of the New York Rangers are the three finalists for the 2011-12 Jack Adams Award, presented to the head coach who has “contributed the most to his team’s success,” the National Hockey League announced today. Continue reading "Your Jack Adams Award Finalists"

Time to insert Eminger

Prior to Game Two, coach John Tortorella made a key decision for his lineup just before puck drop. With Brian Boyle able to play, Tortorella had to decide to sit one of Steve Eminger or Stu Bickel. Both played in Game One, and neither hit five minutes of ice time. Bickel has not been seeing anywhere near the ice time he saw in the regular season, and Eminger has only played in one...

Video: Torts; Lundqvist Talk 3 OT Victory

John Tortorella discusses the Blueshirts' triple-overtime win over the Capitals and what it means for the team going forward in the series... To watch on MSG.com, click here.To watch Henrik Lundqvist discuss the victory, click the "Read More" tab below. Henrik Lundqvist discusses the Rangers' effort in their thrilling 2-1 triple overtime win over the Capitals...

Well-Shaped Roster Getting It Done

With the New York Rangers up 1-0 in their second round series over the Washington Capitals, it is easy to see that the Blueshirts are finally doing the right thing when it comes to shaping their roster. This postseason is the example of that. The team and its head coach, John Tortorella, really want their youngsters to thrive and right now, several of them are doing just that. ...
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.