from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,
It’s a remarkable story, really. Tortorella is a finalist for the Jack Adams Award, which goes to the NHL’s coach of the year based on the regular season. On the surface, he seems to have nothing in common with the other finalists.
The St. Louis Blues’ Ken Hitchcock, another crusty old Cup winner, toned down his act to relate to today’s players. The Ottawa Senators’ Paul MacLean cleaned up the toxic environment left by former coach Cory Clouston, lightening the atmosphere.
Tortorella hasn’t toned down or lightened up anything. Yet he has taken one of the youngest teams in the league and built an identity to match his – hard, scrappy, committed. As he likes to say, the Rangers defend their asses off. They are best known for blocking shots. They won the East in the regular season, and now they have won two seven-game playoff series and made their first conference final since 1997.
You have to dig deep to understand why, to discover that Torts ...