Originally posted on NY Rangers Blog  |  Last updated 5/17/13
Over at the Daily News, Christian Red reports that in a bit of a shocking development, Sean Avery, the man who just a month ago tweeted that John Tortorella was a clown and that his players hated him, had only nice things to say about his former coach... "(Tortorella) actually probably was one of the best things that ever happened to me. A month after I was done playing, I made the transition to what is a dream job for most people. Part of it was the relationship that I had with him as a coach. It definitely helped me make the transition and have a successful career." ...actually, the more I read that quote I have to wonder if Avery was being a bit 'tongue in cheek.' As in, because Torts hated me and basically ended my NHL career, I was able to begin my foray into the fashion industry earlier than I anticipated. One person, however, who is not a fan of Tortorella, is Capitals head coach Adam Oates who responded on a local Washington radio show to the Rangers head coach's assertion that Washington whined about penalties during their first round match-up (CBS DC)... “Well, I think he’s out of line,” Oates said. “He should be worried about his own series. We didn’t whine once during the series. I never complained. I don’t know, did you guys ever hear me complain about officiating?” Umm, Adam, I know you have a lot on your mind getting ready for the golf course and all, but I just wanted to remind you of this quote you gave after Game 6 on the supposed Derek Dorsett slew foot (via CSN Washington).... “You don’t want to complain but that play to me is one that concerns me,” Oates said, “because Mike got slew-footed to me and that’s why Mike reacted. “Mike is not that type of player. It looked like a slew-foot, a very, very dangerous play. I realize Green’s a guy they want to target, but I think that’s a very dangerous play.” ...now I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed, but the last time I checked that's pretty much the definition of complaining. Oates was then asked during the radio interview by former NFLer Lavar Arington if he could beat up Tortorella. His response... "Yes. Easily." I don't know Mr. Oates, apparently Torts was known for his "bathroom brawls" in high school (via Toucher & Rich Show)... ...i would kill to know what the questions were to these answers as well as the background of each one. Especially, who Musky is. Remember to follow me on Twitter & Facebook or e-mail me at nyrfan94@yahoo.com.
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