Found May 30, 2013 on Kukla's Korner:
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post, The Rangers players had had enough of the coach and they said so during their exit meetings on Monday. Sources have confirmed Sather had no intention of dismissing Tortorella in the wake of the team’s second-round elimination by the Bruins until a critical mass of players informed the GM that the coach’s overbearing personality had become a roadblock to success. When Henrik Lundqvist told the press Monday he would need time to think about committing his future to the Rangers, that was the tip of the iceberg. The franchise goaltender did not sing an executioner’s song, but we’ve learned that he was troubled enough by what had become a deteriorating dynamic between the coach and his teammates that he believed it was necessary to give voice to it. We’re told that though there were no ultimatums issued by the players, the overwhelming sentiment was that Tortorella had become the problem rather than the solution for the Rangers, who ar...

More fallout from the firing of John Tortorella

Mike Sullivan won’t be behind the bench next year either As the feeling of shock lifts from the Ranger fan community, we’ve begun to examine some possible replacements for coach John Tortorella.  The new man behind the bench will be the story of the offseason, but the departure of Tortorella could also have an impact on many other important decisions the franchise will make...

Callahan/Hagelin out 4-5 months each with torn labrums

Per Andrew Gross, Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin both suffered torn labrums in their left shoulders, and will undergo surgery to repair the injuries. The injuries will sideline each player for 4-5 months, which gives both of them a September-October return date. With that timeframe, both would miss training camp, the preseason, and possibly the start of the season. Luckily for the...

Claude Julien Feels for John Tortorella, Expects Former Rangers Coach to Land Another Job Soon

The Bruins’ 3-1 win over the Rangers last Saturday dropped New York out of the playoffs and put John Tortorella out of a job. Tortorella was fired as head coach of the Blueshirts on Wednesday, five days after they were eliminated by the Bruins in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Torts’ pack-it-in style of hockey and notoriously prickly attitude toward the media rubbed many...

Rangers fire Tortorella as coach

The Rangers fired combative coach John Tortorella on Wednesday, four days after New York was eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs. Tortorella was unexpectedly dismissed with one-year left on his contract. He led the Rangers to the Eastern Conference finals last year and into the second round this year before New York was eliminated in five games by the Boston Bruins. The fiery...

Addressing Henrik Lundqvist’s extension comments

After a frustrating end to the Rangers’ season in Boston several days ago, the voracious New York media was bestowed with the “We’ll see” heard round the world.  Henrik Lundqvist’s non-committal response to his future in New York almost imploded the entire hockey media.  Articles were written, page hits were had, and ad revenue rained down on media outlets.  Many observers...

Rangers Sign Noreau; Not So Much McColgan & Ceresnak

The #NYR have agreed to terms with defenseman Samuel Noreau, the team's 5th round pick in the 2011 NHL Draft — New York Rangers (@NYRangers) May 31, 2013 Noreau had 5g, 12a and was a +1 in 58 games this past season for Baie-Comeau Drakkar. He was pointless in 18 postseason games. ...the 6' 5" Noreau obviously has some size and has grown into a pretty decent...

Two Rangers Had Successful Shoulder Surgery

from Andrew Gross of Ranger Rants, The Rangers announced this afternoon that both Carl Hagelin, an upcoming restricted free agent, and captain Ryan Callahan, underwent successful surgeries to repair torn labrums in their left shoulders. The team said the recovery period for each key player is four to five months. Even in the best-case scenario, then, neither would be available...

Mike Francesa trashes ESPN for not giving him credit for breaking John Tortorella's firing

On today's edition of Joe & Evan on WFAN in New York, Mike Francesa broke into the broadcast to break the story that the New York Rangers had fired coach John Tortorella. ESPN then did what ESPN does when a competitor breaks a big story: credits "sources", and doesn't name the source. I thought that policy was supposed to be changing. Anyway, after ESPN...

Marian Gaborik reacts to the Rangers firing Tortorella

It's no mystery that numerous players have had a difficult time playing under John Tortorella. The former head coach of the New York Rangers can be a difficult man to speak with, a lesson the media has learned several times over. His aggressive style might have led to his demise as fans and analysts speculate that Henrik Lundqvist's future with the Rangers might have been...

Mike Francesa calls ESPN clowns for taking his John Tortorella scoop

New York radio host Mike Francesa went nuts on ESPN for trying to steal his “scoop” that the New York Rangers had fired head coach John Tortorella.  He went on a tirade saying, “What a bunch of clowns they are…they are just embarrassing, embarrassing.”  The full audio can be heard here: I have no idea whether he has any actual proof, but if you look at some time stamps...

Mike Francesa beats John Minko on John Tortorella firing; Blasts ESPN for not crediting him

Mike Francesa reports that John Tortorella had been fired, scooping John Minko who would have read the AP report a minute later. Francesa upset that ESPN credits sources after NYR announce via... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~

Mike Francesa rips the "Nameless, Faceless" John Buccigross

Yesterday, the story broke about the New York Rangers firing coach John Tortorella. WFAN has been taking credit for reporting the story first. Mike Francesa discussed the firing on his show Wednesday, then ripped ESPN for doing not crediting WFAN on its scoop. If you visit Awful Announcing regularly, you know about the issues regarding ESPN and "sources." ESPN SportsCenter...

New York Rangers Fire John Tortorella

On Wednesday afternoon, the New York Rangers announced that they had relieved John Tortorella of his duties as the team’s head coach.The post New York Rangers Fire John Tortorella appeared first on Committed Indians.

Mike Francesa fielded a nutty call in which the caller claimed responsibility for John Tortorella's firing

Dino in Roslyn...perhaps he and not the AP was Mike Francesa's John Tortorella firing source. **Follow us on Twitter or Return to us on Twitter. Subscribe or Return to... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~
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