Originally posted on The Rangers Tribune  |  Last updated 11/2/11

As many of you know, after losing 5-2 at MSG last night, San Jose Sharks captain Joe Thornton referred to the Rangers as the "softest" team his club had to go against during their road trip, and that the Blueshirts were a team the Sharks "should have" beat. Originally, when the comment was mentioned to Rangers head coach John Tortorella during his media conference after the game, Torts simply responded "Joe said that? Wonderful."

Today, a day later, John had a whole lot more to say about Thornton's comments than just "wonderful"...

“Yeah it caught me off-guard when it was brought up after the game,” Tortorella said at the team’s Greenburgh practice facility Tuesday morning. “It surprised me, and I’ve never heard a player say that. Joe’s a heck of a player, but here’s a player popping off about our team, and Joe hasn’t won a g--damn thing in this league. He could go down as a player, being one of the better players in our league never to win anything. So what he should do is just shut up. It was uncalled for, it was classless, and I’ve never had it happen like that before.” - Tortorella to the Daily News

Tortorella is exactly right. To make a comment like that is unprofessional and classless, especially when it's coming from someone with a reputation such as Thornton. The fact that he was frustrated is not an excuse, either, as Thornton later made it out to be.

Tortorella has taken a lot of criticism so far this year, but I give him credit for coming out and responding to Thornton. No one should be able to make such comments about any team and get away with it. And not for nothing, but at least the Rangers' captain actually showed up in last night's game.

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