Found May 21, 2013 on Around The Rink:
Rangers coach John Tortorella (courtesy of When I was a kid, one of my favorite movies to watch with my dad was “A Few Good Men” with Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, and Jack Nicholson. In the movie, Nicholson spouts off many classic lines, but one in particular fits the situation going on between John Tortorella and whoever else he decides to put in the news; “What the hell is going on in Bravo Company Matthew?” Precisely! What the hell is going on with John Tortorella these days? Firs he insights a proposed fistfight between himself and Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates and now he’s calling out his own player about stinking  up the Power Play unit who has been nothing short of dismal these playoffs. According to the New York Daily News, Tortorella was quoted saying “…he stinks on the power play… I don’t know why. I wish I could play him more on the power play but every time I put him on, he stinks” when asked why Rangers winger Carl Hagelin hasn’t seen much ice time on the Power Play. Tortorella would also go on to say that Hagelin was “ ...a jitterbug and he screws it up… but the power play stinks. It’s true. That’s why he may get an opportunity.” So how does Carl Hagelin respond? According to the New York Post Hagelin told reporters when asked about his coach’s Criticized Rangers winger Carl Hagelin (courtes of New York Daily News) comments ““I don’t really have any comments, all I can say is I don’t stink.” Is it just me or does almost every coach in the New York market (with a couple exceptions) seem to have this somewhat media-hungry psychotic side about them? If you’re a sports fan, I assume you know the whole story of the New York Jets and all they’ve done to stay in the news. But now it seems like the Blue Shirts want to get themselves on Page 6. Carl Hagelin isn’t the problem John Tortorella! Your power play as a whole is God awful, dare I say s##ty! Your unit has only scored twice with the extra man, and went 0-5 in Game 2 against the Boston Bruins. It’s not Carl Hagelin’s fault! Try calling out a guy like Brad Richards or Derek Stepan or the rest of the special teamers as well. They’re just as much to blame as Carl Hagelin is. Actually John, don’t call them out! Don’t call anyone out to the media! If you do have to, call out yourself for not coaching the unit correctly, or for not preparing your assistants to coach them correctly! And honestly he’s not to blame! Hagelin has already improved his point totals in the playoffs this season (2 goals 3 assists) and has a plus/minus rating of +5 and yet the Power Play is now 2-31. Torts and his assistants obviously haven’t done a good enough job on that end. Is it chemistry issues? Who’s to say but one thing’s for certain; John Tortorella seemed a bit irresponsible by just calling out a player instead of saying he needs to do a better job preparing his team for the man advantage. As for Hagelin’s comments, stand up for yourself! By saying “I don’t have any comments” it seems to me like you don’t want to start something between yourself and your coach and I get that. But where’s the line? Someone just said you sucked and it’s someone who is your leader  and all you have to say is “I don’t have any comments…but I don’t stink”? Where’s the passion? Where’s the intensity? Someone called you out and that’s all you said?!?!?! It’s things like this that make it easy to see why the Rangers are in yet another 0-2 hole. Something has to give in the City that Never Sleeps. And if it doesn’t, who’s to say that the Rangers won’t take, that is take Tortorella’s job? The seat is hot John.      

Rangers Coach John Tortorella freaks out on referee Dan O’Halloran

New York Rangers coach John Tortorella lost his temper on referee Dan O’Halloran after the second period ended when a punch to captain Ryan Callahan’s head was not called.  You can’t read Tortorella’s lips too well, but you can tell that it is an f-bomb laced tirade and he is clearly not asking O’Halloran to grab a beer with him after the game. [YouTube]

John Tortorella speaks after the Rangers Game 2 loss to the Bruins

Video courtesy of our friends at Bruins Daily, stop by and visit their blog, you won't be disappointed. This is one of the longer press conferences you will probably see from New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella. This post game presser lasted a grand total of 02:14, that's pretty impressive if you ask me.

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John Tortorella post-game today after losing to the Boston Bruins 5-2 and going down in the series 0-2.     Tortorella felt the goal early in the 3rd period by Brad Marchand is one they cannot afford to give up.  The goal put the Bruins up 4-2 and can be viewed below... Continue reading "Tortorella- “We Need To Go Win A Game”"

John Tortorella explicitly describes Ryan Callahan's goal

During Game 2 of the Rangers-Bruins Eastern Conference Semifinals series on Sunday, NBC's Pierre McGuire asked Rangers coach John Tortorella how to describe Ryan Callahan, who scored a goal in the first period to tie the game at one goal apiece. Tortorella's response was brief, and extremely descriptive. "Well right now, that's a HUGE goddamn goal he scored in...

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While there has been wild speculation that John Tortorella could be fired if the Rangers are swept or lose in a short series to the Bruins, Jeff Klein at the New York Times says that scenario doesn't seem likely... "There have been no indications from the Rangers’ organization that Tortorella’s job is in jeopardy, as there were in the weeks leading to the firing...

Torts Gone If Rangers Eliminated By Bruins?

Darren Dreger at TSN made some waves on the radio today when he said this about John Tortorella's future with the Rangers should his team be eliminated quickly by the Bruins... "If the New York Rangers were to be eliminated in short order by the Boston Bruins, is there a chance John Tortorella is replaced? Yes there is a chance, absolutely. No question about it. Glen...

Rangers looking for 2nd straight 0-2 comeback

Don't judge the New York Rangers by the scores of their two losses to the Boston Bruins. According to coach John Tortorella, the Rangers played much better in the Game 2 blowout than in their overtime defeat in the series opener. The bottom line is this: for the second consecutive series, New York has dug an 0-2 hole on the road and will need to rebound quickly at Madison Square...

Bruins rally, push Rangers to brink of elimination

John Tortorella's message isn't going to change even though his New York Rangers are in an even more desperate situation than before their latest loss to the Boston Bruins. The margin of error went from slim to none in an uncharacteristic home loss that put the Broadway Blueshirts on the brink of elimination. New York squandered a one-goal lead in the third period and lost...

Keep An Eye on Torts/McGuire Interview Tonight

While, I'm more than confident there will be fireworks on the ice tonight, according to Bob Raissman at the Daily News there might be some off it as he explains how NBC reporters Mike Milbury and Pierre McGuire went after John Tortorella for his Hagelin "stinks" comments before and during Game 3... “And I haven’t heard John Tortorella take responsibility for...

Bruins-Rangers Preview

Don't judge the New York Rangers by the scores of their two losses to the Boston Bruins. According to coach John Tortorella, the Rangers played much better in the Game 2 blowout than in their overtime defeat in the series opener. The bottom line is this: for the second consecutive series, New York has dug an 0-2 hole on the road and will need to rebound quickly at Madison Square...

Caught On Video

First up, John Tortorella not happy with a no-call at the end of the 2nd period yesterday.     Next up is Jason Spezza surviving this hard from Craig Adams... Continue reading "Caught On Video"

Power Play Woes Are on the Players

I know, not another 'the power play sucks' blog post, but when the Rangers are 2-for-35 with the man advantage, that kind of futility just can't be ignored. Were they better yesterday? Sure. But when you're in the playoffs moral victories mean nothing to me. This abomination of a power play is killing the Rangers in this series. Every team in the NHL gains...

Despite playoff struggles, Brad Richards won’t be bought out until next summer

New York’s fourth line center would cost an extra $6 million to buy out this summer It’s growing increasingly difficult to believe that this is just an off year for Brad Richards, that the 33-year-old will bounce back with the benefit of a summer to clear his head and a full John Tortorella training camp in the fall.  There are just too many signs that the former star center...

Tuesday (5/21/13) Headlines

Bergen Record - No time to rest for 'sore' Henrik Lundqvist Bergen Record - Rangers will try to get more defensive in Game 3 against Bruins Bergen Record - Gross: John Tortorella often makes a stink on purpose Bergen Record - Rangers' three keys to Game 3 New York Post - Nash’s breakout bodes well for Rangers New York Post - D’ daze: Girardi...
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